FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

June 17, 2022

Local 2110 Members To Colleagues: Every Worker Can Be A Leader. That’s Why We Support Democracy in Action (DIA) 2110

Friday afternoon, Local 2110 members sent a strong message to their colleagues in a unit-wide email encouraging them to support the Democracy in Action 2110 slate of candidates for the Executive Board of Local 2110. The email is reprinted here with their permission:

Email Subject: Every worker can be a leader. That’s why we’re voting for DIA 2110

 

Email Body: 

 

To our fellow rank-and-file members,

 

We write in support of Democracy in Action 2110 for Local 2110 Executive Board. 

 

Why does DIA 2110 have our support? We are educators, cultural workers, writers, and administrative staff who trust DIA 2110 because every member in 2110 has the potential to lead, organize, and build collective power.

 

Democracy in Action believes that the union is us, working together to fight for our rights. That is why DIA 2110 is running on a platform of:

 

  • Winning stronger contracts with bold ideas and worker-led bargaining

  • Fighting for Racial and Social Justice by bargaining for the common good

  • Building a Member-Run Union through organizer training and open communication

  • Continuing to Grow Our Local with a rank-and-file organizing committee

  • Making Our Local More Democratic by reviving the Joint Council

In their campaign materials, 2110 United suggest that only full-time UAW staff are prepared to take on Executive Board leadership positions. They even misleadingly present GSOC’s 2021 negotiations and strike at NYU—which DIA members helped organize—as evidence that the slate is underprepared. In fact, this was the most successful strike and contract victory in recent Local 2110 history, and was organized and won by workers themselves, despite discouragement from the same Local leadership who now insist that only they know how to run our union.

 

2110 United’s rhetoric implies that workers like us aren’t “experienced” enough to run our own union. Sadly, this belief that only a professionalized layer of career union officials can be trusted to lead has been widely shared by UAW leaders, with disastrous results: decades of declining membership, concessionary contracts, and corruption at the highest levels. But as the resounding victory of One Member, One Vote in last year’s national UAW referendum made clear, we all should have a voice in our great union. Our union’s power is only the power of every single one of us—the workers.

 

We are committed to countering opaque, undemocratic leadership in our own Local by placing workers at the heart of all demands and actions. We have learned from shops within Local 2110 that by involving members in every decision, we achieve historic contracts, effective strikes, and an engaged, active union. This is why DIA 2110 will give workers a say in every aspect of our union—so we can build the strength and solidarity to win rights and benefits we deserve.

 

DIA is the only slate for Executive Board that organized for One Member, One Vote in our shops. DIA is the only slate endorsed by Unite All Workers for Democracy, and the only slate that has put forth a bold new vision to make our union stronger, from the bottom up.

 

Vote DEMOCRACY IN ACTION 2110 for Executive Board:


 

Zachary Valdez for President

Leandra Barrett Diaz for Vice President

María Angeles Taveras for Secretary-Treasurer

t. tran le for Recording Secretary

Claudette Chanoine, N/A TK (Nathaniel Otting), Anila Gill* for Trustees (3)

Leigh Taylor for Sergeant-at-Arms

Colin Vanderburg for Guide

 

*Anila has been an NYU-GSOC member in good standing for two years, and is appealing the Elections Committee’s decision that she is ineligible for election; her name will not appear on the initial ballot.

 

In solidarity,

Aaron Eisenberg, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, Joint Council Delegate and Bargaining Committee Member

Abigail Manville, GSOC-NYU, Former Unit Representative and Organizing Committee Co-chair

Anisa Jackson, GSOC-NYU, Former Bargaining Committee Member

Annapurna Potluri Schreiber, Columbia Support Staff, Bargaining Committee Member

Arundhati Velamur, GSOC-NYU, Former Bargaining Committee Member

Aurélia Rabot-Hernandez, Columbia Support Staff, Shop Steward and Joint Council Delegate

Bhumika Chauhan, GSOC-NYU, Steward, Organizing Committee Co-Chair

Carly Katz, HarperCollins Publishers, Joint Council Delegate, Bargaining Committee Member

Caroline Bowman, GSOC-NYU, Former Bargaining Committee Member, Organizing Committee Co-Chair, Steward, Unit Representative, and Joint Council Member

Carrington Morris, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, Bargaining Committee Member

Cindy Gao, GSOC-NYU, Rank and File Member

Claire Valdez, Columbia Support Staff, Unit Chair, Bargaining Committee Member

Daniel Brinkerhoff Young, GSOC-NYU, Former Bargaining Committee Member and Organizing Committee Co-Chair

Dave Park, Anthology Film Archives, Bargaining Committee Member

Ellie Siddens, Columbia Support Staff, Joint Council Delegate

Emma Sheinbaum, Columbia Support Staff, Joint Council Delegate

Gaya Sriskanthan, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, Bargaining Committee Member

Iraj Eshghi, GSOC-NYU, Former Steward and Organizing Committee Co-Chair

Jeff Mercado, Columbia Support Staff, Joint Council Delegate

Jennifer Pinargote, Columbia Support Staff, Joint Council Delegate

Jenny Leigh, GSOC-NYU, Organizing Committee Co-Chair

John Jayo, Columbia Support Staff, Bargaining Committee Member and Shop Steward

Kemi Adetayo, Columbia Support Staff, Rank and File Member

Madison Winston, Columbia Support Staff, Rank and File Member

Maria Savel, Rosa Luxemberg Stiftung, Bargaining Committee Member

Mia Arievitch, Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, Bargaining Committee Member

Michael McParlane, Columbia Support Staff, Joint Council Delegate

Tova Benjamin, GSOC-NYU, Rank and File Member 

Will Goodwin, GSOC-NYU, Rank and File Member

Yuwei Pan, GSOC-NYU, Former Unit Representative and Organizing Committee Co-chair

Ziaul Hoque, Columbia Support Staff, Rank and File Member

 

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DIA 2110 is a rank-and-file reform slate for leadership of UAW Local 2110 competing in the June 2022 election. Ballots are due by 10 am on June 22, 2022. For more information about the DIA slate, visit our website.

 

www.democracy2110.com        Twitter: @2110DIA        Instagram: @2110DIA

 

Contacts: 

“Lee” Leandra Barrett Diaz (she/her)

DIA 2110 Slate Member

(361) 227-1934 

leandrabdiaz@gmail.com

democracy2110@gmail.com