Category: Economy

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

“I owe how much‽” Americans Shocked by Impact of New Tax Law

Many Americans are being caught off guard by their tax returns this year — and not in a good way. After passing a sweeping tax reform bill in 2017 that gave a $1.5 trillion tax cut to billionaires and wealthy corporations, Republicans did not keep taxpayers looped into how changes to the tax code would impact their filing process. As a result, many Americans are finding that they did not select the proper withholding amount from their paychecks, and will end up owing money rather than seeing a return this year. With less than half of Americans having $1,000 in ... Read more

Statement from UAW Vice President Rory Gamble on Ford Chicago Investment Announcement

“Ford’s investment announcement of 500 additional jobs and over $1 billion in plant investments is a testament to the quality and hard work of UAW Ford Members,” said Rory Gamble, Vice President of the UAW Ford Department. “Every day UAW Ford members head to work, proud of the products they build and the craftsmanship required in vehicles like the Explorer, Aviator and Police Interceptor. Ford’s investment announcement demonstrates a commitment to the dedication of UAW members in Chicago.”

Americans Want Everyone to Pay Their Fair Share

In 2017, President Trump and Republicans in Congress passed a tax bill that slashed the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21% and significantly lowered the top tax rate for the super rich. With such sweeping changes to our tax code, you would think that this bill was an attempt to organize strong American attitudes against high taxes in our tax system — but the data shows that’s simply not the case. In the fall of 2017, Reuters conducted a poll that found over three quarters of Americans believe that the wealthiest Americans should pay higher tax rates. A similar ... Read more

Auto Show Charity Preview Candlelight Vigil

Last week, UAW members, leadership, elected officials and supporters gathered outside the black tie Auto Show Charity Preview in solidarity with the thousands of workers set to be affected by GM’s decision to close plants later this year. Learn more here >>>

One Year of the Tax Scam

This December marks one year since the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Republicans in Congress sold the American people on their tax overhaul by claiming that lowering the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21% would allow companies to invest in growing their businesses and create more jobs here at home. They also touted this bill as alleviating the tax burden for middle-class families — telling workers that they could expect a $4,000 a year wage increase under his new bill. One year later, has the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act delivered on its promise to grow ... Read more

UAW President Gary Jones: Autoworkers ready to fight GM over its callous layoffs

Last week was a bad week for autoworkers and the future of our domestic industry. On Nov. 26, General Motors (GM) announced its decision to halt production at the Lordstown, Ohio, and Hamtramck, Mich., assembly plants, idling thousands of workers. Last Friday, President Trump signed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), with promises that it would stop companies from closing U.S. factories and opening new ones in low-wage countries like Mexico… Read more on The Hill >>>

Labor Voices: Supreme Court nominees impact unions

At the UAW, we often quote Walter Reuther’s famous statement that there is a direct relationship between the ballot box and the bread box. That connection has rarely been more evident than what we’re seeing with the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court. His confirmation could cement a right-leaning majority on the court for years to come — a court that will be reviewing and deciding labor laws that will impact generations of working Americans. Already, the current court, even with retired Justice Anthony Kennedy’s swing vote, has altered the landscape of working voices through a ... Read more

Huffington Post: Bernie Sanders To Hold Televised Town Hall On Economic Inequality

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) plans to hold a live, televised town hall on March 19 devoted to exploring the issue of economic inequality. The scheduled guests include Catherine Coleman Flowers, a founder of the Alabama Center for Rural Enterprise Community Development Corp., an anti-poverty group; Gordon Lafer, a labor policy expert at the University of Oregon; and Cindy Estrada, a vice president of the United Auto Workers labor union. Read more on the Huffington Post >>>

‘American Idle’ No More

UAW Launches BuildBuyUSA Song and Video Contest; $5.000 Prize to Update ‘Look for the Union Label’ Jingle Detroit, Mich. — The UAW wants Americans to buy American. And sing about it. The union, which represents automobile, aerospace and agricultural implement workers, launched a video contest to get Americans thinking about the value of buying goods manufactured in their communities. “By manufacturing goods in the United States and spending our consumer dollars on those goods, we strengthen our communities from the ground up,” said UAW International President Dennis Williams. “This contest is an innovative way to get Americans to think about how ... Read more