Category: Economy

Union Plus Mortgage Benefits Union Members During Tough Times Like Layoff

The Union Plus Mortgage Assistance Program is a solid resource for union members during difficult times, especially during a layoff. The program, administered through the AFL-CIO Mutual Benefit Plan, provides interest-free loans and grants to help make mortgage payments for members who are disabled, unemployed, locked out or on strike, or on layoff. Members who qualify for the Mortgage Assistance loan benefit also receive a one-time grant of $1,000. To be eligible: You must have a Union Plus mortgage for at least one year. You or your eligible cosigner are out of work due to a union-approved strike, lockout, involuntary unemployment, or disability. ... 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

Statement of UAW President Rory Gamble in the Phase 1 Trade Agreement with China

“Over the past several decades, corporate driven trade deals and tax laws with anti-labor incentives have rewarded companies that abandoned U.S. workers and communities. This has resulted in millions of good manufacturing jobs being shipped overseas to countries that trample workers’ rights, suppress workers’ wages and diminish dignity on the job. China is one of those countries – and as you would assume, over this time, our trade deficit with China has exploded. Between 2001 and 2018, the U.S. trade deficit in goods grew over 500%, to over $400 billion in in 2018. According to the Economic Policy Institute, trade with China over ... Read more

Statement of UAW President Rory Gamble on the need to monitor and enforce the USMCA as proposed before congress

We must continue to remain vigilant against off-shoring of jobs With the House of Representatives set to vote on the revised NAFTA (also known as USMCA) shortly, it is important to discuss what this agreement is and what it is not. It is not a “fix” for the many problems created by NAFTA and other misguided tax and labor policies that have flourished for decades in our nation’s capital and statehouses throughout the country. Hundreds of thousands of U.S. jobs that have gone to Mexico since NAFTA came into being 25 years ago will not return because of USMCA. Autoworkers ... Read more

UAW joins local leaders to discuss future of EVs

Center, UAW-Ford Department Research Analyst-Futurist Jeff Faber Electric vehicles are expected to be at least half of the U.S. vehicle market by 2040. But different sectors of the transportation sector, including the UAW, need to come together for that to happen. Members of the labor, environmental, auto manufacturing and political sectors held a roundtable at IBEW Local 58 on November 25 discussing the future of EVs and the role of Michigan groups and industries in making them affordable and convenient for consumers.The event, convened by the labor-environmental advocacy group BlueGreen Alliance with U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell, included representatives from environmental ... Read more

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 >>>