After thirty-two days of striking, the UAW Academic Student Employee and Student Researcher bargaining teams have reached tentative agreements on a contract with the University of California.

“These tentative agreements include major pay increases and expanded benefits which will improve the quality of life for all members of the bargaining unit,” says UAW President Ray Curry. “Our members stood up to show the university that academic workers are vital to UC’s success. They deserve nothing less than a contract that reflects the important role they play and the reality of working in cities with extremely high costs of living.”

Members will vote on ratifying the agreements next week. “UAW members at UC stood together for equity and a fair contract. The support poured in from day one and continues to today,” adds Region 6 Director Mike Miller. “We look forward to hearing from members during the upcoming ratification process.”

Newly elected UAW International Executive Board members were sworn in today and the following assignments were announced:

President’s Office – Ray Curry

President’s Office:  Black Lake, Civil and Human Rights, International Affairs, Legislative, National CAP, Michigan CAP, Retired Workers, Public Relations/Strategic Campaigns, Research, Legal, Social Security, Education, Health and Safety, Veterans, Arbitration and Sourcing, Heavy Truck, Aerospace, General Dynamics, Skilled Trades and Women’s. The President also has oversight over administrative departments such as Human Resources, Information Technology Systems, Travel, Compliance, Appeals, Bylaws, Policy, Administrative Letters and Security.

EV/Transnational Bargaining

Organizing (IPS, EV, Transnational, Assembly, Higher Ed and EV-Joint Ventures)

Secretary-Treasurer – Margaret Mock

Secretary-Treasurer’s Office:  Accounting, Purchasing, Auditing, Strike Assistance, Benefits/Pensions, Investments, Union Building Corp, Facilities, Auto/Labor Leader Insurance, and Internal Audit.

Technical Office Professionals (TOP)

Vice President – Rich Boyer

Stellantis
Independent Parts Supplier (IPS)

Vice President – Mike Booth

General Motors
Gaming, Gaming Organizing

Vice President – Chuck Browning

Ford
Agricultural Implement
Chaplaincy

Run-off elections for three IEB members (president, vice president and region 9 director) will be conducted next year.  Ballots will start to be mailed out January 12th, 2023.

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UAW Members of Local 5810 at the University of California voted to ratify their contracts by overwhelming margins. The final count was 89.4% of Postdocs and 79.5% of Academic Researchers voting yes in favor of ratification.

UAW Local 5810 is the union of more than 11,000 Postdoctoral Scholars and Academic Researchers (Project Scientists, Specialists, Professional Researchers, and Coordinators of Public Programs) at all 10 campuses of the University of California and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.

Under their new agreements, UC Postdocs and Academic researchers have won salary increases that address the soaring cost of living and reflect the value of their contributions at UC. Both Postdocs and Academic Researchers won 8 weeks of paid family and parental leave at full pay, and secured industry-standard setting protections against bullying and abusive conduct. The tentative agreements also include new rights for international scholars and for Postdocs and Academic Researchers with disabilities.

“This represents a great victory for not only these members but other workers in higher education as we continue to lift the standards for academic workers,” says UAW President Ray Curry. “These members showed their power to UC during the strike and brought home an agreement that was very strongly supported by their membership.”

UAW Local 5810 members along with members of UAW Local 2865 (Academic Student Employees) and Student Researchers United-UAW have been on strike since November 14. UAW Local 2865 and SRU-UAW members have agreed to a mediation process with UC. While mediation proceeds, they will remain on strike.

“Two important units representing over 35,000 academic workers remain without an agreement, and we stand by their decision to seek mediation,” adds Region 8 Director Mitchell Smith. “These workers deserve an equitable agreement that reflects their contributions as well as the reality that they work in high-cost communities. We urge the University of California to work with all parties to reach a fair and equitable outcome.”

“We are all deeply angered by Stellantis’ s decision to idle the Belvidere Assembly plant without a plan for future product,” says UAW Vice President and Director of the Stellantis Department Cindy Estrada.  “There are many vehicle platforms imported from other countries that could be built in Belvidere with skill and quality by UAW members at Belvidere.  The transition to electrification also creates opportunities for new product.  Companies like Stellantis receive billions in government incentives to transition to clean energy.  It is an insult to all taxpayers that they are not investing that money back into our communities.”

“We believe Stellantis is grossly misguided in idling this plant which has produced profits for the company since 1965,” adds UAW President Ray Curry. “Not allocating new product to plants like Belvidere is unacceptable. Announcing the closure just a few weeks from the holidays is also a cruel disregard for the contributions of our members from UAW Locals 1268 and 1761.  We will fight back against this announcement.”

Today, Ultium workers voted overwhelmingly in favor of joining the UAW by a vote of 710 to 16 (1 void).

“Our entire union welcomes our latest members from Ultium,” says UAW President Ray Curry. “As the auto industry transitions to electric vehicles, new workers entering the auto sector at plants like Ultium are thinking about their value and worth. This vote shows that they want to be a part of maintaining the high standards and wages that UAW members have built in the auto industry.”

“Region 2B has stood with Ultium workers since the moment they said they wanted to form their organizing committees,” adds UAW Region 2B Director Wayne Blanchard. “Their hard work and the support of Region 2B members and staff have led to this powerful victory. Special thanks to the retirees of Local 1112 who would open the hall at any hour to help Ultium workers meet.”

Ultium Cells LLC is a joint venture between General Motors and LG Energy Solutions.

In light of a report released today on the high risk of widespread state-sponsored forced labor in the automotive supply chains by the government of China and previous evidence of human rights atrocities in the Uyghur Region, the UAW urgently calls on the automotive industry to shift its entire supply chain out of the region and invest in good paying jobs in the United States to help meet its supply chain demands.

The report, Driving Force: Automotive Supply Chains and Forced Labor in the Uyghur Region released today by Sheffield Hallam University’s Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice documents the potential exposure major automotive brands have to Uyghur forced labor in their supply chains. The report examines production of steel, aluminum and copper, EV and lead acid batteries, electronics, and other components used in the global automotive supply chain.

It has been reported that since 2017, up to 2 million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities have been held in detainment camps in the Uyghur Region through government programs sanctioned by the People’s Republic of China. The camps employ forced labor, family separation, cultural erasure, forced sterilization, sexual violence, and physical and psychological abuse. The most recent report documents production facilities located near detainment camps and Uyghur communities that are the source of the state-sponsored forced labor.

“Forced labor and other human rights abuses are unacceptable in the modern global economy,” said Ray Curry, President of the UAW. “The time is now for the auto industry to establish high-road supply chain models outside the Uyghur Region that protect labor and human rights and the environment. This includes significant re-investments in good union jobs in the U.S.”

“As the automotive industry transitions towards electric vehicles, the new EV tax credit program and Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) creates economic opportunities for the industry to bring manufacturing work back into the United States and create good union jobs,” Curry added.

The UAW and its allies helped to win passage of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) last year with overwhelming bipartisan support. The law went into effect in June. Under the UFLPA, it is presumed commodities and components made in whole or in part in the Uyghur Region are produced using forced labor and cannot be imported into the United States.

“The U.S. government must devote the necessary resources to allow Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to effectively identify and ban the importation of products made with forced labor,” said Curry, “we also urge all global auto brands and suppliers to work together to immediately take meaningful, transparent steps to ensure its supply chains are not tainted with Uyghur forced labor. The UAW will work with allies and other responsibly minded stakeholders in the U.S. and around the world to help end these labor and human rights atrocities.”

The UAW has a long and rich history of fighting on behalf of workers’ rights around the world. From its critical work in the 1980s in support of workers fighting the Apartheid regime in South Africa, to more recent efforts in helping to win the release of unjustly imprisoned trade unionists in South Korea and Brazil, the UAW continues to be a champion of worker justice at home and abroad.

The incoming UAW International Executive Board will be sworn in on December 12. Run-off elections for President, Vice President and Region 9 Director will be scheduled. Congratulations to our new UAW International Executive Board members.

  • Secretary-Treasurer: Margaret Mock
  • Vice President: Mike Booth
  • Vice President: Rich Boyer
  • Region 1 Director: LaShawn English
  • Region 1A Director: Laura Dickerson
  • Region 1D Director: Steve Dawes
  • Region 2B Director: David Green
  • Region 4 Director: Brandon Campbell
  • Region 6 Director: Mike Miller
  • Region 8 Director: Tim Smith
  • Region 9A Director: Brandon Mancilla

Unofficial results from Region 4.

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Unofficial results from Region 6.

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Unofficial results from Region 8.

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