Labor Matters: A Tribute to Auto Workers
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  Driving Toward a Better World

Mural detail: Rolling into the future The 21st century finds the U.S. auto industry facing new global and environmental challenges - reducing emissions, decreasing dependence on oil, and recycling. Around the world, cars are being completely reinvented.

The UAW fights for a high road economic strategy where quality jobs mean quality communities, where economic opportunity and prosperity are shared among all citizens. Vigorously advancing historic struggles for workers'' rights, the UAW organizes workers in every sector of the economy. In global solidarity, they work with unions around the world and are a key member of the International Metalworkers Federation, a world union of unions, founded in 1893 representing 25 millions members in more than 200 unions in 100 countries.

Just as in the production line pictured above, the U.S. auto industry turned a corner in the 1990s. Gains in market share grew with the size of vehicles. Production technology got smarter. Yet this SUV, finished by more empowered workers rolls into an unseen future.

mural detail: an observerThe observer stands here, symbolically on an elevated perch...maybe a supervisor overseeing Labor Matters...maybe someone scanning the future of auto making in America...maybe this is you looking into the world of auto workers through the eyes of art.

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Voices From History
I believe the distinction between a good company and a great one is this: a good company delivers excellent products and services; a great company delivers excellent products and services and strives to make the world a better place.

- William Clay Ford, Jr.,
CEO Ford Motor Company

Buffalo Area Facts
Motor vehicle parts operations account for 25% of all manufacturing jobs in the Buffalo region.

Earning from the auto industry, as a percent of the region''s personal income, are five times higher than the national average.

One-third of Buffalo Niagara''s annual $61 billion in international trade is autos and automotive components.

In 1999, American Axle & Manufacturing opened a new machining plant in Cheektowaga, joining the Tonawanda Forge and Delavan axle plant, represented by UAW Locals 846 and 424

UAW Local 774 and GM Powertrain Tonawanda earned a $500 million investment by GM in 2000 and another $300 million for a new engine line in 2003.

UAW Local 897 and Ford Buffalo Stamping process 1100 tons of steel per day for 14 assembly plants across North America.

With 4,300 jobs, Delphi Harrison is the region''s largest manufacturer where UAW Local 686 represents hourly workers.