Category: Coronavirus COVID-19

Contact Your Senators: Working Families Need a Second Stimulus!

Working families need relief. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has put millions of American workers out of a job, and extended unemployment benefits for nearly 14 million Americans are set to expire the day after Christmas. Time is running out for lawmakers to extend these emergency benefits. A bipartisan group of Senators has come together to propose a $905 billion stimulus that would extend emergency unemployment benefits for working families while creating funds for state and local governments, vaccine development and distribution, education, housing assistance and child care. Working families should not have to suffer during the holidays. The Senate must ... Read more

President Trump’s October 6th announcement on addressing the COVD-19 Pandemic

On October 6th, after returning to the White House from Walter Reed Medical Center, President Donald Trump abruptly ended negotiations on a comprehensive response to the ongoing pandemic that has killed over 216,000 and infected over 7.8 million Americans. Nine months into the COVID-19 pandemic, we are nowhere near getting it under control: Cases are rising in 39 states, and nine states in the Midwest have set seven-day records for infections. According to the Department of Labor, 28 million workers are on unemployment benefits or are waiting to see if they get benefits, and over the next two months nearly ... Read more

UAW Statement on the positive tests of the President, First Lady and staff

Detroit — Our thoughts and prayers are with the President, First Lady and White House staff for a quick recovery from COVID-19. UAW members know all too well the danger of this pandemic and we pray for the health and recovery of all who are infected, exposed or caring for family members. Today’s news is a shocking reminder to all UAW members that this pandemic does not discriminate and we are all at risk. Please continue to follow all protocols including wearing masks, washing hands, sanitizing, limiting public exposures and continuing to self-report and quarantine when we experience symptoms or ... Read more

Summary of President Donald Trump’s four COVID-19 executive orders signed on August 8, 2020

Unemployment Insurance: Under the CARES Act, passed into law earlier this year, unemployed workers received an additional $600 in weekly benefits from the federal government. The $600 in aid expired at the end of July, leaving workers to rely on often meager state benefits. President Trump’s executive order cuts aid by $200, to $400 per week. However, the order requires state governments to pay 25 percent ($100) of the $400 Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefit. Due to the pandemic, many states cannot afford the additional $100 thereby further reducing aid to $300. This executive order uses funds that were intended to ... Read more

UAW President Rory L. Gamble Statement on the HEALS Act

“Outside the bubble of Washington, D.C. our families continue to struggle with an economy devastated by this pandemic. This impacts UAW members, their families, their communities and their jobs, all of which depend on a resilient economy. This issue needs to be solved. In the short term, families need a temporary extension of current benefits, including the $600 a week supplemental unemployment until a final bill is resolved. In the long term, families need a continuation of these enhanced $600 unemployment benefits, access to affordable health care coverage and adequate funding for local and state governments to support their needs. ... Read more

Support Michigan’s Front Line Workers

Union members in the public sector are once again under attack and need our support. The Snyder-appointed Civil Service Commission is using the cover of a global pandemic to engage in underhanded union busting targeted at State of Michigan workers. This is not only an attack on dedicated state employees, but also their ability to provide quality public services to the people of Michigan. At a time when state workers have been on the frontlines of protecting the people of Michigan from the coronavirus, these anti-worker commissioners are trying to undermine the right of state employees to collectively bargain. Stand ... Read more

Front Line Heroes | Ronald Clayton, Astin Gray and Tianyuan “Kimmy” Huang-Walsh

“I would like to recognize and commend everyone who plays an integral part as essential workers across the UAW, with a special emphasis on my brothers and sisters who perform cleanup duties. We have always known our value and worth with the jobs we perform, from the roof tops and tanks to the tunnels below, to keep our plants running smoothly. “I would like to thank three people at Louisville Assembly Plant who stayed the course voluntarily, from the moment the plant went down to present. They could have taken layoff or said they didn’t feel safe and Leadec could ... Read more

COVID-19 Update 6/8/2020

My Sisters and Brothers, I want to begin this message by recognizing the strength and courage of this union and each and every one of you. These past couple of months have been extraordinarily difficult for all of us — and for all of America. And as we work to open up our economy and go back to work, I know there are so many concerns and fears. Many of our brave brothers and sisters began returning to work over the past few weeks. I know that you are working long hours in uncomfortable masks and gloves and other Personal ... Read more

Heroes on the Front Lines: Michelle Crumbie

UAW Local 862 member and registered nurse Michelle Crumbie has worked in a hospital as an X-ray technician, and as a nurse in the hospital, the local health department and as a veteran’s benefits representative. None of those prepared her for COVID-19. As a nurse in an auto plant, it is a different world than she is used to. Now, when she is at work at the Ford Louisville Assembly Plant in Louisville, Kentucky, she wears a mask and sometimes a welder’s shield over her eyeglasses if she is dealing with an ill worker. If needed, she has a medical ... Read more

Labor Voices – Opinion: Pandemic tells painful story of inequality

This global pandemic is a worldwide tragedy on so many levels for so many people, and the full impact is still an unknown. But what is not unknown is one undeniable, shameful story of inequality, of lost opportunity, of wasted minds and hearts, and of unnecessary pain and suffering. We need only to look at the statistics: COVID-19, while devastating families across the nation with illness and deaths, is hitting communities of color especially hard. The reasons for this have been in front of us for years. Coronavirus has emphasized a lack of equal access to work, health care and a safe ... Read more