Category: Economy

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

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 >>>

Sen. Elizabeth Warren: Economy Must Work for All Americans

Photo by Jessie Jesson, UAW Local 686 At present, the stock market is doing well and has been since former President Barack Obama’s economic policies — including the rescue of the domestic auto industry — brought our nation back from the Great Recession. “But what good is that if Americans remain in low-wage jobs, can only work part-time or do not have the benefits they need for their families?” Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts asked delegates at the 2018 UAW Community Action Program (CAP) Conference on Wednesday. She went on to say that that the policies put forth by the ... Read more

Make it a Union Made Cookout

Tailgating season is underway as football fans gather for good food and fun before the big game. It’s easy to support union workers when you load up on food for that tailgate grill and on ice cold drinks. Make sure your grocery list includes union-made Ballpark and Hebrew National Hot Dogs, Gianelli sausage, Sara Lee Buns and Heinz ketchup, cold Bud Light and Michelob beer produced by union workers at Budweiser, Gallo wine and so much more for a tailgating feast. Text MADE to 235246 for a complete list of union-made food that’s perfect for a winning tailgate.    

Ford Invests $350 Million, Creates or Protects 800 Jobs, Adding New Fuel-Efficient Transmission to Michigan Plant

DEARBORN, Mich., May 19, 2017 – Ford is investing $350 million in its Livonia Transmission Plant, adding a new transmission to expand its lineup of fuel-efficient powertrains as part of the company’s plan to fortify its core automotive business. The company will create or retain 800 hourly jobs to support production of the new transmission. Ford expects to begin adding jobs late this year, with the majority coming next year and in 2019. Read more at media.ford.com >>>   Photo by Google Maps

Statement from UAW Vice President Jimmy Settles on Ford Announcement

The following is a statement from Jimmy Settles, UAW Vice President and Director of the National Ford Department Today’s announcement by Ford Motor Company honoring their commitment in the 2015 collective bargaining agreement to the men and women of Michigan Assembly and UAW Local 900 Is yet another example of what the union and the company can do when we work together. As you may recall, In April 2015, prior to negotiations, Ford Motor Company announced plans to eliminate the third shift at MAP due to lack of sales for the Ford Focus and Ford C-Max vehicles. As many as ... Read more

EPI: What is the gender pay gap and is it real?

The complete guide to how women are paid less than men and why it can’t be explained away Working women are paid less than working men. A large body of research accounts for, diagnoses, and investigates this “gender pay gap.” But this literature often becomes unwieldy for lay readers, and because pay gaps are political topics, ideological agendas often seep quickly into discussions. Read the full article on EPI.org >>>