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DATE: March 31, 2005

Elizabeth Bunn to lecture on "Free Markets Don't Come Cheap: Market Mythology and Women"

DEARBORN---Elizabeth Bunn, secretary-treasurer of the United Auto Workers, will visit the University of Michigan-Dearborn to present "Free Markets Don't Come Cheap: Market Mythology and Women" from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 5 in Room 1030 of the campus's College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters Building.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Department of Women's Studies and the Women in Learning and Leadership program at UM-Dearborn.

Bunn was elected secretary-treasurer of the UAW at the UAW's 33rd constitutional convention in June 2002. It is the highest post held by a woman in UAW history. In her position, Bunn is the chief financial officer of the UAW and directs various administrative departments including accounting, auditing, building maintenance, circulation, purchasing and strike assistance. As director of the women's department, she has achieved many collective bargaining breakthroughs, including innovative programs for families like child- and elder-care referral services, parental leaves for school events and the creation of sick banks that allow workers to share leave time with other workers facing family emergencies. Other accomplishments include "fair share" union representation for state employees in Indiana; improved pay equity protections for state workers in Michigan, and joint training and health and safety programs modeled on the UAW's Big Three contracts for public sector workers.

Bunn is a vice president on the Executive Council of the AFL-CIO, a representative to the Democratic National Committee, a longtime member of the Michigan Democratic Party, a lifetime member of the NAACP and a member of the Coalition of Labor Union Women.

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