How the United Auto Workers union is changing following its latest convention

Historic moments marked the constitutional convention, according to WDET’s Sascha Raiyn.

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Two weeks ago, the United Auto Workers union (UAW) closed its 38th Constitutional Convention during a week filled with historic moments and some controversy. The meeting occurred in the backdrop of a corruption scandal that led to over a dozen convictions. The convention ran longer than expected, with some changes occurring, including a vote to reverse delegate pay.

“I would say the idea of reform was really the central theme of this event, whether you were there as a reformer, or whether you were someone who was pushing back against the idea that the union has a big corruption problem.” — Sascha Raiyn, WDET


Listen: Reform is the theme of the UAW’s 38th Constitutional Convention.

 


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Sascha Raiyn is producer and reporter for WDET, covering a range of issues, including education and labor. She says reform was a central theme of the historic convention.

“I would say the idea of reform was really the central theme of this event, whether you were there as a reformer, or whether you were someone who was pushing back against the idea that the union has a big corruption problem,” says Raiyn. “But the people that I talked to, including veterans of many conventions, said that this convention was the most democratic that they had ever seen.”

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