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blackpressUSA – #NNPA BLACKPRESSOP-ED by Secretary-Treasurer Ray Curry: No Bridge too Far — Remembering Congressman John Lewis and the Fight Still Ahead

This month marks the 55th anniversary of the passage of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), one of the most powerful pieces of civil rights legislation in our history. The passage of the VRA into law was the result of decades of struggle and sacrifice and was truly a shining moment in our history. Unfortunately, the struggle to ensure that all Americans have the right and opportunity to vote not only continues today, we have actually suffered significant losses on this front over the past decade. Read more on blackpressUSA.com >>>

In tribute: Walter Reuther’s Impact Endures and Teaches

Walter P. Reuther is an icon and an American hero of the working class. For those of us at the UAW, there are almost no words powerful enough to describe what he means to this union and our members. And for me, as the current president of the UAW, I am so humbled and inspired by his vision, his life’s work, his tireless fight for human and civil rights and simply put, the example he set as an extraordinary human being.  Today, we mark the 50th anniversary of the plane crash that tragically took the lives of UAW President Walter ... Read more

Union vs. Nonunion in Today’s World: A Stark Difference

What does it really mean to have a voice in your workplace? The extraordinary global crisis that we are all facing has put this into sharp focus. And at the forefront of this pandemic are essential workers — those front line employees in hospitals, grocery stores, transportation industries, security and firefighters, warehouses, construction sites and more. For those who are union members with a collective bargaining agreement, their voices are heard. The power of union representation allows them to demand safety improvements, have a say in their workplace, their schedules and so much more. In short, they have a voice ... Read more

Election 2020: We must protect health care

President Rory Gamble I’d like to begin this blog with a couple of comments about an issue that I feel very passionate about. In my more than 40 years with the UAW, I have had the benefit of very good health care coverage. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for so many Americans across this nation.  Our national health care crisis is truly a disgrace and something we are compelled to remedy. When hard working men and women can’t afford to go to the doctor or are making decisions between buying food and filling life-saving prescriptions, we know something is ... Read more

Time for a check-up … How is labor faring under this administration and Congress?

As we head full swing into the 2020 Presidential Election year, let’s take a hard look at how the men and women of the United States labor force have fared under this administration. Social Security in danger of cuts: Federal worker pensions have been targeted to offset deficit-inflating tax cuts for the wealthiest of Americans. Social Security benefit rules are changing to encourage workers to retire later, meaning an aging workforce with increased medical needs. Many employers are increasing retiree costs for health care or phasing out coverage altogether. Medicare isn’t available until age 65 and doesn’t cover all medical ... Read more

More than 1,000 attend UAW legislative conference in D.C.; prepare to hit Capitol Hill on Tuesday

More than 1,000 UAW members and attendees, including members from Puerto Rico, gathered in Washington D.C., today to launch the start of the 2020 UAW National Community Action Program (CAP) Conference. The four-day conference theme is “Fighting for Tomorrow-Preparing Today” and will highlight the UAW’s legislative and political priorities for 2020. This year’s conference, said CAP Director Melvin Coleman, will focus on the 2020 elections, international trade, job creation and other issues of importance to working families. Vice President Terry Dittes This week, members will gather information, plan and strategize during workshops on current policy issues. They’ll also hear from ... Read more

Do you really know that news source?

Conservative media companies like Sinclair Broadcast Group have become known for buying up local outlets they rebrand with ideologically aligned content. But Mr. Grossmann noted that the minimal advertising on the Michigan websites — along with their promotional push on Facebook — may signal that profits are not the main goal. “It doesn’t look like a business enterprise,” he said. “News is struggling in general. It looks more like they’re trying to influence the political debate by targeting people who are already interested in that content.” Read more on nytimes.com >>>

We must lower drug costs!

As president of the United Auto Workers (UAW), I recently joined dozens of organizations from across the country in a coordinated effort demanding that Congress and the Trump Administration develop strong, REAL reform to lower drug prices for patients and end Big Pharma’s price gouging. More than a dozen organizations — including the AFL-CIO, AFSCME, Alliance for Retired Americans, American Medical Student Association, the Center for Popular Democracy, Health Care for America Now, People’s Action, Public Citizen, Social Security Works,  and many others — joined forces with us to make our voices heard, and be clear in our support of ... Read more

Will the “new” NAFTA work for US?

The UAW has one goal: support the U.S. worker in all aspects of their professions. That includes involvement in U.S. trade policy decisions where our overarching focus is creating good paying U.S. jobs —  now and in the future. Currently, more than 900,000 people work in the auto and auto-parts manufacturing sectors alone. This has a far-reaching economic impact going beyond the shop floor. The Center for Automotive Research estimates that every assembly plant job supports an additional 9 to 12 jobs in the United States. The effect continues into our communities. Automakers, suppliers, dealerships, and the local businesses that ... Read more