Category: Coronavirus COVID-19

Heroes on the Front Line: Monica Halas

UAW Local 2320 National Organization of Legal Services Workers (NOLSW) represents more than 4,500 members across the country.  They are UAW’s only national amalgamated local union.  Its members provide free legal services to low income residents needing assistance with housing, domestic violence, safety net services, health care and more. Members from Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) unit jumped into action immediately when COVID 19 started impacting Boston’s low-income communities. Using the power of individual representation, hands on training and support, systemic advocacy and legislation to support their clients and immigrant worker centers, the Employment Unit at GBLS has never been ... Read more

Testing for COVID-19

Sisters and Brothers, I want to address some of the comments and questions I’ve been hearing over the past few days concerning testing for the COVID-19 virus. Last week, UAW International staff members in Michigan received COVID-19 testing. I have heard some pretty strong comments from members concerning our staff having access to the testing. I want to address this quickly and directly. The UAW, just like the companies, is an employer. And just like the companies, we are responsible for our employees’ health and safety while they are in the workplace. The International staff has had two confirmed cases ... Read more

COVID-19 Update 5/8/2020

My Brothers and Sisters, I want to start this message today by recognizing our front line workers, our members who have volunteered to step up and make life-saving Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and those who have gone back to help ready the plants for a return to work. And, although, we all knew this day would come, I know there is a great deal of concern as we begin the necessary process of re-starting our economy. And while it is the companies that have the sole contractual right to determine the opening of plants, we have the contractual right to ... Read more

Statement of UAW President Rory L. Gamble on Ford’s Decision to Reopen Worksites

We all knew this day would come at some point. While the companies have the sole contractual right to determine the opening of plants, our UAW focus and role is and will continue to be, on health and safety protocols in which we have the contractual right to protect our members. As we have said, our dialogue with all of our employers and employment sectors about the safety and security of everyone who enters into a plant will continue beyond the reopening of worksites. In the case of the Big 3, through the Task Force we will have an ongoing ... Read more

Statement from UAW President Rory L. Gamble on Governor Whitmer’s Announcement

“Throughout this worldwide crisis, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has been a leading voice to make sure that scientific data and the health and safety of all Michiganders was the priority in managing pandemic decisions. Governor Whitmer has at all times been inclusive and focused on building consensus to do what is right for the health and safety of UAW members and all of Michigan’s working men and women. The UAW will continue to have dialogue and aggressively pursue all avenues over the health and safety of our members, their families and their communities as we cautiously go into our next ... Read more

UAW President Rory L. Gamble’s Statement on GM Restart Date Announcement

“As we stated yesterday in regard to FCA, the UAW has and continues to have dialogue with all of our employers and employment sectors about the safety and security surrounding reopening worksites. In the case of the Big 3, through the Task Force we have had an ongoing dialogue and we have supported a number of measures put in place to address Center for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines from GM, FCA and Ford to protect our health and safety in the plant. Our volunteer members and the companies have done great work to reconfigure plants ... Read more

Statement from UAW President Rory L. Gamble on Ford Protocols

“We continue to engage in talks with Ford on an ongoing basis regarding protocols for the health and safety of our members in the workplace. The UAW is asking for as much testing as is possible to prevent exposure to the virus. That said, we also understand that the availability and accuracy of tests are fluid, developing issues as we navigate this crisis. Our position is that we employ as much testing as is possible at the current time and commit to full testing as soon as it is available. We are also strongly advocating self-reporting and testing for those ... Read more

UAW lends helping hand to Detroit’s Feeding the Frontlines

The brave men and women who are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis are getting a little help from a group of dedicated Detroiters who got together to deliver daily meals to these hardworking frontline responders. The UAW has supported the project with a donation of $25,000. “We are so pleased to be able to support this important effort to help the dedicated workers who are stepping up to save lives and keep our communities running during these difficult days,” said UAW President Rory L. Gamble. “I want to commend the Mayor’s office and all partners involved in this ... Read more

Labor Voices – Opinion: UAW members support community

When UAW members pledge to support each other, they do not mean just fellow UAW members. The sense of brotherhood and sisterhood is not only about working conditions, fair wages and benefits for UAW members — it’s about supporting the whole community, ensuring healthy lives and doing our part as a family of people creating rewarding lives in this country and around the world. Nothing could illustrate this fact more than the thousands of UAW members who have volunteered to work around the clock with companies in every sector to manufacture much-needed medical equipment during this time of crisis. Read ... Read more

COVID-19 Update 4/28/2020

My Brothers and Sisters, Today, on Workers Memorial Day, we recognize all of the UAW family members whom we have lost to workplace incidents, the COVID-19 pandemic and a tragic mass shooting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin earlier this year.  It is always important for us to mark the loss of any of our brothers and sisters, but in the extraordinary days and weeks of this global crisis, our losses seem even more poignant. On behalf of myself and the entire International Executive Board, we extend our heartfelt sympathies to the families, friends and communities of these brothers and sisters. Our UAW ... Read more