UAW https://uaw.org International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America Fri, 22 Jan 2021 16:56:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 https://uaw.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/uaw-official-logo-white-150x150.png UAW https://uaw.org 32 32 Detroit News – Labor Voices: It’s time to realize our dream for a more perfect union https://uaw.org/detroit-news-labor-voices-time-realize-dream-perfect-union/ Fri, 22 Jan 2021 16:54:12 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=30278 Photo by Detroit News Archives Originally posted on DetroitNews.com By Rory L. Gamble With images of an insurrection at our nation’s Capitol this month, we all are experiencing a nation divided like none of us has ever seen. We are divided by politics. By opinions. By economics. By beliefs. The cause? Well, that is up

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President Rory L. Gamble

By Rory L. Gamble

With images of an insurrection at our nation’s Capitol this month, we all are experiencing a nation divided like none of us has ever seen.

We are divided by politics. By opinions. By economics. By beliefs.

The cause? Well, that is up for debate.

What isn’t up for debate is that this is a time to look to — and take heart in — the words of President John F. Kennedy and heed the warning of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. that healing our nation starts with us. Each of us must personally seek to find what unites us and foster that, bond with it, build upon it, so that we can move forward to a better place for us all.

Somewhere within the separation and violence we’ve recently experienced are true signs that “what unites us is greater than what divides us.”

What unites us is the American Dream — the ability to better ourselves, create a good life, take care of our co-workers and families and have hope for the future. No matter your political, religious, social beliefs, it is what we all desire and hope for: the ability to create a good life. It is the foundation of the UAW and what we have tirelessly been striving to achieve for all of our brothers and sisters since our very first days.

There is much hope for this dream, this unity. Take for example, the Jan. 5 run-off election of Rev. Raphael Warnock. Warnock is a pastor and politician from Georgia. He is the first black senator in the state. He grew up in Savannah’s public housing. He was one of 12 children and the first college graduate in his family. And he’s the senior pastor of Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church where King preached.

Warnock’s father was the late Rev. Jonathan Warnock, a World War II veteran, who was born in the Jim Crow South. His mother, Rev. Verlene Warnock, worked picking cotton and tobacco in the 1950s.

Looking back on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech, it is clear that he foresaw families like the Warnocks while his own generation experienced the siege and violence of the civil rights struggle.

That historic speech was written in part at UAW headquarters, Solidarity House, in Detroit. King then delivered the initial version of the “dream” speech in Detroit in June 1963, when he marched up Woodward Avenue with our own UAW President Walter Reuther.

We are unified in our united American dream that this country keeps alive in our hearts. We are united in our strong beliefs in the founding ideals of our country: equality, liberty, and democracy. We must use the words of Martin Luther King Jr. and JFK. And the story of Senator Warnock, to bind our community together again.

The first step is for each of us to stop opposing each other just because of our professional, political, social or organizational views and instead ask each other what we can do collectively to make our communities better? How can we help one another?

When the UAW first formed, the idea of our regular, everyday work life being equal, fair, just and safe seemed like a dream. But working together with a purpose, a goal, and a “we must do this” attitude, brought it all to fruition.

Let us all take personal responsibility to protect our great democracy. Let us seize our moment in history ― this moment ―  to realize our dreams of a more perfect union.

Rory Gamble is president of the UAW.

Labor Voices

Labor Voices columns are written on a rotating basis by United Auto Workers President Rory Gamble, Teamsters President James Hoffa, Michigan AFL-CIO President Ron Bieber and Michigan Education Association President Paula Herbart.

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Statement of UAW President Rory L. Gamble on the Inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris https://uaw.org/statement-uaw-president-rory-l-gamble-inauguration-president-joe-biden-vice-president-kamala-harris/ Wed, 20 Jan 2021 17:12:10 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=30276 Detroit – “Hand on Bible, in the seat of the world’s longest democratic republic, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris took an oath that carries the hopes and dreams of all Americans to rise from the COVID-19 challenge, our economic challenges and our national division. Today we all stand together – one nation,

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Detroit – “Hand on Bible, in the seat of the world’s longest democratic republic, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris took an oath that carries the hopes and dreams of all Americans to rise from the COVID-19 challenge, our economic challenges and our national division.

Today we all stand together – one nation, united in our prayers for a brighter day. Today in the workplaces, the homes and the communities of UAW members, we come together to do our part in making this a ‘more perfect union.’ Today, President Biden and his diverse administration bring a new and brighter day.”

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Watch the inauguration live https://uaw.org/watch-inauguration-live/ Wed, 20 Jan 2021 14:39:08 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=30274 President-Elect Biden will take the oath of office at noon, but Inauguration Day coverage will be streaming live starting at 10:30. Watch the celebration live at BidenInaugural.org/watch or on most major networks and streaming services.

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President-Elect Biden will take the oath of office at noon, but Inauguration Day coverage will be streaming live starting at 10:30. Watch the celebration live at BidenInaugural.org/watch or on most major networks and streaming services.

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COVID-19 memorial event https://uaw.org/covid-19-memorial/ Tue, 19 Jan 2021 20:44:31 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=30267 This evening at 5:30 p.m., Americans will join together across the country for a vigil honoring those we’ve lost to COVID-19. We encourage you to take part in the moment of remembrance.

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This evening at 5:30 p.m., Americans will join together across the country for a vigil honoring those we’ve lost to COVID-19.

We encourage you to take part in the moment of remembrance.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day message from President Rory L. Gamble https://uaw.org/martin-luther-king-jr-day-message-president-rory-l-gamble/ Mon, 18 Jan 2021 13:00:29 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=30262 Sisters and Brothers, This week we will see a new Administration sworn into office in Washington, D.C. With the Biden/Harris presidency, we will see the nation’s first female, and biracial Vice President along with a cabinet that promises to be the most diverse ever. And they will be joining a Congress that is the most

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Sisters and Brothers,

This week we will see a new Administration sworn into office in Washington, D.C.

With the Biden/Harris presidency, we will see the nation’s first female, and biracial Vice President along with a cabinet that promises to be the most diverse ever. And they will be joining a Congress that is the most diverse in our nation’s history.

We have much to celebrate and much to be proud of. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King said he dreamt about how his four little children would one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.  We are not there yet, but I am hopeful that we are on our way.

Our government is going to look more like America than ever before, and as we celebrate the life and message of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., on this day, I want to recognize the hundreds of thousands of Americans of different religions and orientations — Black, white, and brown — who were all united this past year, marching from coast to coast to demand an end to the systemic racism that has plagued our nation since its founding in protest over the brutal killing of George Floyd last May and so many other men and women before and since. Americans standing together against fear, bigotry and racism to go the way the Reverend would go. I know he would have locked arms and marched with us.

But as we celebrate Dr. King and great work and great sacrifices, we also have to reckon with the fact that some folks are going the wrong way. We all watched in horror as our Capitol was stormed and ransacked on January 6 by a mob carrying Confederate flags, seeking to disrupt our democracy and the very foundation of our nation. People looking to divide us; to make it about us vs. them; people afraid of diversity; people who think America should work for them alone. The very kind of people who martyred Reverend King in the prime of his life. The very kind of people who do not want us to find our way.

Brothers and sisters this isn’t us. This isn’t the America we want or need to get things done, to be held up as a shining example of how our nation should be, to lead again on a world stage. As I have said many times in the past, there is much, much more that unites us than divides us. Dr. King knew this. Congressman John Lewis, the great freedom fighter who we lost this past summer, knew this. Legendary UAW president Walter Reuther knew this. We have seen countless examples of that this past year as we worked together to combat this terrible virus. As we worked together, and continue to work together, to keep each other safe.

So, in honor of the great man we celebrate today, let us stay on that right road and go in that right direction and see each other as neighbors. Let us say in one voice: It is not us vs. them. We are ALL AMERICANS. Our arc still bends toward justice.

Let us judge each other by the content of our character.

God bless us all and this great nation of ours.

In Solidarity.

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Statement of UAW President Rory L. Gamble on the Appointment of Wayne County Sheriff Ray Washington https://uaw.org/statement-uaw-president-rory-l-gamble-appointment-wayne-county-sheriff-ray-washington/ Sun, 17 Jan 2021 18:21:28 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=30256 DETROIT – “Wayne County made a strong decision today to elevate Chief Deputy Ray Washington to fill Benny Napoleon’s unexpired term as Wayne County Sheriff. Benny understood that policing required diligence, professionalism and compassion as we navigate some very serious economic and societal pressures. Ray will bring continuity, integrity and an understanding of community public

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DETROIT – “Wayne County made a strong decision today to elevate Chief Deputy Ray Washington to fill Benny Napoleon’s unexpired term as Wayne County Sheriff. Benny understood that policing required diligence, professionalism and compassion as we navigate some very serious economic and societal pressures. Ray will bring continuity, integrity and an understanding of community public service to this crucial role. The UAW congratulates Ray Washington on his appointment as Wayne County Sheriff.”

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Tune in for the inauguration https://uaw.org/tune-in-for-the-inauguration/ Fri, 15 Jan 2021 20:49:59 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=30258 Tune in Saturday, January 16th at 7pm for America United: An Inauguration Welcome Event Celebrating America’s Changemakers. The event will kick off the inaugural festivities with musical performances and messages from leaders across the country, including UAW President Rory L. Gamble.

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Tune in Saturday, January 16th at 7pm for America United: An Inauguration Welcome Event Celebrating America’s Changemakers. The event will kick off the inaugural festivities with musical performances and messages from leaders across the country, including UAW President Rory L. Gamble.

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Statement of Rory L. Gamble on the Nomination of Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh as Labor Secretary https://uaw.org/statement-rory-l-gamble-nomination-boston-mayor-martin-j-walsh-labor-secretary/ Thu, 07 Jan 2021 21:40:39 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=30248 DETROIT – “Today’s selection of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh puts a labor member, long-time administrator and friend of working families in a very important but often underappreciated agency. There is much work to be done to re-establish the rightful role of the Labor Department from a period of ideological attack on working families and labor

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DETROIT – “Today’s selection of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh puts a labor member, long-time administrator and friend of working families in a very important but often underappreciated agency. There is much work to be done to re-establish the rightful role of the Labor Department from a period of ideological attack on working families and labor workplace protections. For the last four years, the labor protection mechanisms at the Labor Department and the appointees of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) have been dominated by anti-worker ideologues. The nomination of Marty Walsh is a strong step toward restoring the integrity and fair application of labor laws to our nation.”

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UAW President Rory L. Gamble Statement on Georgia U.S. Senate Runoff Elections https://uaw.org/uaw-president-rory-l-gamble-statement-georgia-u-s-senate-runoff-elections/ Thu, 07 Jan 2021 15:07:38 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=30245 “UAW members worked hard in Georgia during the runoff election. Today’s election results in Georgia signal that obstructionism in Washington, D.C will end. These results also clearly signal that the American people expect Congress to work with President Elect Joe Biden on behalf of working families in this country regardless of ideology through the narrow

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“UAW members worked hard in Georgia during the runoff election. Today’s election results in Georgia signal that obstructionism in Washington, D.C will end. These results also clearly signal that the American people expect Congress to work with President Elect Joe Biden on behalf of working families in this country regardless of ideology through the narrow majority in both chambers. It’s time to find common ground with the Biden Administration for the sake of UAW members at their worksites, on the factory floor, and in their communities.”

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Statement of UAW President Rory L. Gamble on Violence Surrounding the Electoral College Certification https://uaw.org/statement-uaw-president-rory-l-gamble-violence-surrounding-electoral-college-certification/ Wed, 06 Jan 2021 22:17:43 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=30243 “This is a very sad day for our nation and our democracy. This is not how this great nation, nor responsible citizens handle elections or our differences. We are a better people than this storming mob and I am optimistic that despite today’s events, we will regain our footing and we will move forward for

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“This is a very sad day for our nation and our democracy. This is not how this great nation, nor responsible citizens handle elections or our differences.

We are a better people than this storming mob and I am optimistic that despite today’s events, we will regain our footing and we will move forward for the greater good of all of us. As a nation, we are learning in a profound way that we all have a personal responsibility to safeguard this democracy.

We cannot take our system of government for granted and we must be vigilant to ensure that our democracy maintains its historical position as the gold standard for freedom and liberty. Today’s actions must not be allowed to alter that.

This is truly a singular point in our history. The violence at the Capitol today is a deliberate and despicable attempt by extremists to disrupt our great republic. It will not succeed. We, as a nation, are stronger than this one shameful incident. There is room in this great democracy, as in our own union, for disagreement. It is one of the great strengths of our democratic system. We are better than that and today above all, we must remember that there is more that unites us than divides us. There is absolutely no room for this type of mob rule in a functioning democratic system.

This is a day none of us should or will ever forget. But please let us remember that there is much work to be done — and we must take the personal responsibility to do it together. We are the United States and unite we must.  I urge us all to work together to move forward and heal our nation.”

 

 

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Statement of UAW Vice President Gerald Kariem Director of the UAW Ford Department on the Conversion of Members to Full-Time Status https://uaw.org/statement-uaw-vice-president-gerald-kariem-director-uaw-ford-department-conversion-members-full-time-status/ Tue, 05 Jan 2021 16:50:09 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=30241 Detroit – “During the 2019 collective bargaining negotiations, members ratified a contract that contains a defined path to full-time status. This hard-fought UAW contract priority has resulted in over 400 UAW Ford members eligible to move to full-time status in January with more to come. For many UAW families this bargained pathway will be life-changing

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Detroit – “During the 2019 collective bargaining negotiations, members ratified a contract that contains a defined path to full-time status. This hard-fought UAW contract priority has resulted in over 400 UAW Ford members eligible to move to full-time status in January with more to come. For many UAW families this bargained pathway will be life-changing thanks to their solidarity at the bargaining table.”

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Register for the 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference! https://uaw.org/register-2021-dr-martin-luther-king-jr-civil-human-rights-conference/ Mon, 04 Jan 2021 21:23:36 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=30233 Registration is now live for the 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference! This year, the conference will be held Jan. 15–16 and will be free for all participants, but you must register to attend. You won’t want to miss it, so REGISTER NOW! Emerging from a year that has presented

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Registration is now live for the 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Civil and Human Rights Conference! This year, the conference will be held Jan. 15–16 and will be free for all participants, but you must register to attend. You won’t want to miss it, so REGISTER NOW!

Emerging from a year that has presented many challenges and obstacles, the theme for the 2021 MLK Conference is “From Protest to Power: When We Fight, We Win,” to honor the brave and bold leadership of the activists among us and celebrate the power of people united in collective action toward justice for all.

To keep everyone safe, the conference will be completely virtual this year, but we have found creative ways to build community and share knowledge like we always do.

 
Additional announcements about the program and speakers to come in the next few weeks. Please make sure to register to receive all of the latest conference information.

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Statement of UAW Vice President Terry Dittes, Director of the UAW GM Department on the UAW Contract Elevating 650 Temporary Employees to Seniority Status in January https://uaw.org/statement-uaw-vice-president-terry-dittes-director-uaw-gm-department-uaw-contract-elevating-650-temporary-employees-seniority-status-january/ Mon, 04 Jan 2021 19:23:15 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=30231 Detroit – “UAW members negotiated and ratified a path to seniority status in the 2019 National Negotiations and because of their contract, 650 members will gain seniority status and benefits this month. This life-changing event is a testament to our members’ hard work as permanent temporary employees and the power of collective bargaining that created

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Detroit – “UAW members negotiated and ratified a path to seniority status in the 2019 National Negotiations and because of their contract, 650 members will gain seniority status and benefits this month. This life-changing event is a testament to our members’ hard work as permanent temporary employees and the power of collective bargaining that created this defined path for them to seniority status.”

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blackpressusa OP-ED: Better Angels and How They Travel https://uaw.org/blackpressusa-op-ed-better-angels-travel/ Sat, 02 Jan 2021 14:05:43 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=30127 Ray Curry, Secretary-Treasurer, UAW What is the distance a good deed can travel? What does a warm bowl of soup mean? What does a warm bed mean? A new bike or a kind gesture from a stranger? All these things are small in and of themselves, but the smallest gesture to someone in need can

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Secretary-Treasurer Ray Curry

Ray Curry, Secretary-Treasurer, UAW

What is the distance a good deed can travel? What does a warm bowl of soup mean? What does a warm bed mean? A new bike or a kind gesture from a stranger?

All these things are small in and of themselves, but the smallest gesture to someone in need can move all the markers. If you are cold and someone offers you a warm sleeping bag, is there a measure for that? If you are hungry, and someone gives you a warm meal, how far does that go? To anyone who has suffered, who has been in need or has seen their children go hungry, how far does a helping hand go? I would say it reaches all of us — it goes all the way to making the world a better place.

Read the full article on blackpressusa.com >>>

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Happy Holidays https://uaw.org/happy-holidays/ Thu, 31 Dec 2020 13:00:48 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=30227 My Sisters and Brothers, I know I have said this many times in the past 12 months, but I can’t think of anything that sums up more about what 2020 has shown us and it is this: I am so proud of each and every one of you and of this union for the strength,

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My Sisters and Brothers,

I know I have said this many times in the past 12 months, but I can’t think of anything that sums up more about what 2020 has shown us and it is this: I am so proud of each and every one of you and of this union for the strength, the courage, the sacrifice and the sheer will to stand together against the unimaginable hardships that 2020 threw at us all. As far as I’m concerned, it is SOLIDARITY at its finest. And it is the heart and soul of this union.

Brothers and Sisters, I must begin by reflecting for a moment on those we have lost this year to this terrible pandemic. I say to those of us who have lost family, friends or community members: I am so sorry for what this pandemic has taken from you, has taken from us all. I have lost dear friends and close colleagues to COVID-19 and watched this nation, and all working men and women struggle and grieve and somehow carry on with heavy hearts.

I also want to recognize the great sacrifices of our frontline workers who go to work every day in health care facilities, nursing care facilities, public safety and other essential jobs to take care of us all. I want to recognize the extraordinary efforts of our members in the first days of this pandemic, members who stepped up to go back into the plants to make the critical life-saving Personal Protective Equipment; those who toiled countless hours making masks, coordinating food banks and so many initiatives to help one another and this nation at a time of great need.

But that is what we do and what we have always done when our friends, families and communities are in need.

However, as we bring this year to a close, I believe that despite all the struggles, despite the sometimes terrible costs, despite all our losses and hardships, we have much to be thankful for. We have each other and we have the power of SOLIDARITY — of pulling together for the benefit of all. And it is that bond that will see us through as we continue to face down this virus. I want to pledge to my UAW family that the International Executive Board and I are continuing to do everything in our power to keep our members safe and to ensure that the companies never forget that it is the hard working women and men of the UAW — and this nation — that keep this economy running. And their health and safety is paramount above all else.

On a personal level, I also wish to add my gratitude for your help and trust in working together for the good of all. Serving as your president is a great honor but also a great responsibility and all that we have achieved this year, we have achieved together. It is the members that are the backbone of this union and you have proved it once again during this year that none of us will ever forget. So, thank you from my heart, brothers and sisters.

I want to wish each of you and all your families and loved ones a healthy, safe and happy holiday. Our celebrations will be different this year but no less heartfelt. I urge us all to please continue to follow national and state protocols to keep one another safe and send this virus packing for good.

Thank you and God Bless.

In solidarity,

Rory L. Gamble

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Keeping the Toys for Tots Tradition Going https://uaw.org/keeping-toys-tots-tradition-going/ Sat, 26 Dec 2020 15:02:08 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=30155 During the holidays, UAW Local 685 has a tradition of helping their community.  The local teamed up with the Goodfellows organization and the Marine Toys for Tots Program to provide hope and toys for less fortunate families in the community.  The groups have worked together for several years purchasing toys and then distributing them locally. 

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During the holidays, UAW Local 685 has a tradition of helping their community.  The local teamed up with the Goodfellows organization and the Marine Toys for Tots Program to provide hope and toys for less fortunate families in the community.  The groups have worked together for several years purchasing toys and then distributing them locally.  Donations to buy the toys are collected from the 6000 membered local consisting of Kokomo Engine, Tipton, Indiana and Kokomo transmission along with a few amalgamated units.  Once the collection is complete, volunteers then go purchase the toys with the funds.  Puzzles, coloring books, etc. are donated from an outside company each year in addition to the toys that are purchased.  Once the toys are purchased, they are brought to the union hall where they are separated by age groups.  Parents and their children are then allowed to come through a line and pick out toys.

Last year, with the help of financial secretary David Chester and union steward Steve Brooks,  the toy distribution was moved from and alternative school to the 685 Local union hall.  The move provided a larger facility for the distribution and storage of the toys.

Although the local raised $26,000 in 2019, that may not be enough for 2020.  According to Matt Jarvis, chairman of Local 685, the need is more this year.  The average number of children in need is usually between 250 to 300 children.  This year it is over 1,500 children.   While there were challenges with collecting due to COVID-19 this year, the collection was still accomplished.  “It is just a huge, rewarding experience for our membership and their involvement to see those parents light up and know that they can provide something for their kids on Christmas.”

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Union Plus – Save 30% on all Teleflora fall bouquets https://uaw.org/union-plus-save-30-teleflora-fall-bouquets/ Tue, 22 Dec 2020 16:33:57 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=30096 Whatever the holiday occasion, Teleflora has you covered this season with a one-of-a-kind, handcrafted bouquet. Warm up your wintertime celebration with stunning flowers at 30% off when you shop from December 04, 2020 to December 25, 2020. Your Teleflora order helps support your local florists who hand-arrange your order and offer peace-of-mind with contactless delivery. Shop now!

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Whatever the holiday occasion, Teleflora has you covered this season with a one-of-a-kind, handcrafted bouquet. Warm up your wintertime celebration with stunning flowers at 30% off when you shop from December 04, 2020 to December 25, 2020.

Your Teleflora order helps support your local florists who hand-arrange your order and offer peace-of-mind with contactless delivery.

Shop now! HTTPS://UNIONPLUS.DEALS/9HE

 

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Union Sportsmen’s Alliance offers local union fundraising and a great gift idea for the holidays! https://uaw.org/union-sportsmen-alliance-offers-local-union-fundraising-great-gift-idea-holidays/ Sun, 20 Dec 2020 14:08:25 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=30094 Whether you’re just looking for the perfect stocking stuffer or want to fundraise for your local union this holiday season, the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s 2021 Calendar is a great choice: Raise money for your local with bulk orders Sell calendars to raise funds Get 1 entry into monthly early bird drawings for each bundle of

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Whether you’re just looking for the perfect stocking stuffer or want to fundraise for your local union this holiday season, the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s 2021 Calendar is a great choice:

  • Raise money for your local with bulk orders

  • Sell calendars to raise funds

  • Get 1 entry into monthly early bird drawings for each bundle of 50 calendars you order

  • Utilize incentives and prizes for member engagement and to raised additional funds for worthy causes

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Member Advisory Committee on Ethics https://uaw.org/member-advisory-committee-ethics/ Fri, 18 Dec 2020 23:09:14 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=30122 As part of the ethics reforms ushered in by UAW President Rory L. Gamble and the International Executive Board (IEB), the UAW has formed a new Member Advisory Committee on Ethics. This newly established committee that President Gamble announced earlier this year is part of the continuing reforms announced and implemented by the IEB. The

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As part of the ethics reforms ushered in by UAW President Rory L. Gamble and the International Executive Board (IEB), the UAW has formed a new Member Advisory Committee on Ethics. This newly established committee that President Gamble announced earlier this year is part of the continuing reforms announced and implemented by the IEB. The Committee will include participation by rank-and-file members of the UAW, UAW Ethics Officer Wilma Liebman and UAW Public Review Board Co-Chairs Professor Jim Brudney and Professor Janice Bellace. The UAW invites members interested in serving to read the full announcement below and direct their communications to UAW Ethics Officer Wilma Liebman at: uawethicscommittee@exiger.com.

Scope of the Committee:

The Committee would be responsible for:

1. Reviewing the Union’s existing internal rules and policies on ethical practices and financial matters – including the Ethical Practices Code, Administrative Letters and other guidance – and how those rules and policies are understood by the Union’s Officers and employees.

2. Drawing upon Committee members’ individual experience and expertise to develop any recommendations to the IEB for improving existing ethics guidelines, practices (both financial and ethical), policies, enforcement standards and education of these standards.

3. Reviewing the operation and function of the Ethics Ombudsman and Ethics Officer positions to determine whether adjustments might improve their effectiveness and/or promote transparency.

4. The Committee will provide a mechanism for two-way communication and dialogue between the Committee union members and the Ethics Officer, to enhance understanding, acceptance and operations of and Ethics Program. The Committee will not have authority to supervise or direct the Ethics Ombudsman or Ethics Officer, but will have the ability to make recommendations about the operation of the Ethics Program to the Ethics Officer, who will give full consideration to those recommendations but will not be bound to accept them.

Size and Composition of the Committee:

An 11-member Committee, made up as follows:

  • One (1) permanent Committee member and one (1) alternative Committee member from each UAW Region.
  • UAW Ethics Officer.
  • UAW Public Review Board Co-Chairs.

Duration of the Committee:

The Members Advisory Committee would convene and perform its functions until the next UAW Constitutional Convention (June 2022). At that point, report(s) will be made to the Constitutional Convention delegates and determinations will be made by the Convention delegates as to whether the Committee should continue, either for a fixed period of time beyond 2022 or indefinitely.

Selection of Committee Members:

  • The only criteria or prerequisite to being selected to serve on the Member Advisory Committee is that the applicant: (a) be a current UAW member and (b) have some experience serving UAW membership (e.g., current or former Constitutional Convention delegate; current or former elected Local Union leader; current or former member of a Local Union standing committee).
  • Interested UAW members who meet the eligibility requirements above would submit their expression(s) of interest to the UAW Ethics Officer at uawethicscommittee@exiger.com by January 31, 2021.
  • The UAW Ethics Officer will verify – with International Union resources – eligibility of applicants to serve. That is, verify current UAW member status and verify current/prior experience serving UAW membership through local union service.
  • By February 20, 2021 the UAW Ethics Officer shall randomly select, in a blind draw from the pool of eligible applicants, one (1) permanent and one (1) alternate Committee member from each of the eight (8) UAW Regions. There will be eight (8) total pools, one for each UAW Region.

For more information on the UAW’s Ethics Program, please visit https://uaw.org/ethics/.

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Union Plus – Looking for gift ideas this holiday season? https://uaw.org/union-plus-looking-gift-ideas-holiday-season/ Fri, 18 Dec 2020 15:30:09 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=30099 Why not gift your loved one a cool new set of headphones? With the AT&T Signature Program, union members can get discounts on a wide range of eligible accessories – including headphones, smart devices, and more. Learn more: https://unionplus.deals/60e

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Why not gift your loved one a cool new set of headphones? With the AT&T Signature Program, union members can get discounts on a wide range of eligible accessories – including headphones, smart devices, and more.

Learn more: https://unionplus.deals/60e

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Statement by UAW President Rory Gamble on the Death of Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon https://uaw.org/statement-uaw-president-rory-gamble-death-wayne-county-sheriff-benny-napoleon/ Fri, 18 Dec 2020 03:53:34 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=30120 “Detroit lost a friend and protector this evening who loved his town, his family and his community and the UAW. Benny Napoleon dedicated his life to making the lives of the people of Wayne County safer and better for his service. For Benny public service was about duty and justice and policing that both was

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“Detroit lost a friend and protector this evening who loved his town, his family and his community and the UAW. Benny Napoleon dedicated his life to making the lives of the people of Wayne County safer and better for his service. For Benny public service was about duty and justice and policing that both was protective and fair in its administration. He rose from the police beat, to Police Chief, to Assistant County Administrator and County Sheriff, breaking barriers and creating goodwill.

Benny was a friend of the UAW who did not shy away from the divisions we still battle today. It is the irony of ironies that this protector could not be saved from this tragic pandemic. Whether you knew him or not, and I knew him well, we will all miss Benny Napoleon because he made us all a little safer – and left us all better as people in a safer, friendlier and most of all a better community.”

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This Holiday Season Buy Union – Buy American for Your Loved Ones https://uaw.org/holiday-season-buy-union-buy-american-loved-ones-2020/ Thu, 17 Dec 2020 19:37:23 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=30063 Buying union and buying American shows our willingness to buy only the very best for our loved ones and support fairness and dignity on the job. We also support efforts to keep America strong by raising the standard of living, adding to the economy and saving jobs that may be lost to other countries. The

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Buying union and buying American shows our willingness to buy only the very best for our loved ones and support fairness and dignity on the job. We also support efforts to keep America strong by raising the standard of living, adding to the economy and saving jobs that may be lost to other countries. The job you save could be your own!

Buying American-made is good.
Buying Union is BEST!

These products are made by the proud members of the United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW),  UNITE HERE, Boilermakers (IBB), Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM), Machinists (IAM), United Steelworkers (USW), Teamsters (IBT),  United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union/UFCW (RWDSU/UFCW) and United Farm Workers (UFW)

We hope you find this guide beneficial in your pursuit of consumer patriotism!

 

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Statement of UAW Vice President Gerald Kariem Director of the Ford department on the retirement of Ford’s Gary Johnson https://uaw.org/statement-uaw-vice-president-gerald-kariem-director-ford-department-retirement-fords-gary-johnson/ Tue, 15 Dec 2020 17:48:34 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=30117 “Over the past year, as Ford and the U.S. auto industry faced unprecedented challenges over the CoronaVirus pandemic, Gary Johnson worked tirelessly with the UAW and our members to address the serious health and safety issues in our workplace with collaboration, honesty and real concern. Although we had differences at the bargaining table, Gary always

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“Over the past year, as Ford and the U.S. auto industry faced unprecedented challenges over the CoronaVirus pandemic, Gary Johnson worked tirelessly with the UAW and our members to address the serious health and safety issues in our workplace with collaboration, honesty and real concern. Although we had differences at the bargaining table, Gary always understood that ultimately UAW members were his family too and it was reflected in the way he approached bargaining. We wish him well in his retirement. And we look forward to working with his successor John Savona as we face the challenges of Covid, a changing industry and the future of UAW members and their families.”

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blackpressusa OP-ED: All Eyes on Georgia https://uaw.org/blackpressusa-op-ed-eyes-georgia/ Tue, 15 Dec 2020 14:50:06 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=29934 Senate Control Crucial for the Nation By Ray Curry, Secretary-Treasurer, UAW These days, like the old Ray Charles song says, I’ve got Georgia on My Mind. We should all be thinking of Georgia because come January 5, the state is positioned to make a tremendous change for the better — a change that will give

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Secretary-Treasurer Ray Curry

Senate Control Crucial for the Nation

By Ray Curry, Secretary-Treasurer, UAW

These days, like the old Ray Charles song says, I’ve got Georgia on My Mind. We should all be thinking of Georgia because come January 5, the state is positioned to make a tremendous change for the better — a change that will give President-Elect Joe Biden the opportunity for real legislation and real reform; for lasting and potent legislative buy-in to make laws once again (and it has been a while now!) in service to the people. Laws that address issues important to the working men and women of this nation: healthcare, the economy, health and safety, equal justice for all, the environment, and the right to organize. And a real plan to take COVID-19 head on with a coordinated nationwide policy to address the ill effects, including relief for both businesses and the millions of sidelined workers who are just trying to hang on.

Read the full article on blackpressusa.com >>>

 

 

 

Georgia by Nick Youngson CC BY-SA 3.0 Alpha Stock Images

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The United States Reaches a Settlement with the United Auto Workers Union to Reform the Union and End Corruption and Fraud https://uaw.org/united-states-reaches-settlement-united-auto-workers-union-reform-union-end-corruption-fraud/ Mon, 14 Dec 2020 19:05:53 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=30112 United States Attorney’s Office Eastern District of Michigan Press Release   DETROIT – United States Attorney Matthew Schneider announced that an agreement has been reached with the United Auto Workers Union (UAW) to resolve the office’s findings of fraud and corruption within the UAW. Schneider was joined in the announcement by UAW International President Rory

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United States Attorney’s Office Eastern District of Michigan Press Release

 

DETROIT – United States Attorney Matthew Schneider announced that an agreement has been reached with the United Auto Workers Union (UAW) to resolve the office’s findings of fraud and corruption within the UAW.

Schneider was joined in the announcement by UAW International President Rory Gamble.

Today, the United States filed an anti-corruption and anti-fraud civil lawsuit against the UAW in federal district court seeking equitable relief to bring about reform and oversight of the union.  Also today, the parties jointly filed a proposed Consent Order setting forth the terms of a settlement of the lawsuit.  Under the terms of the proposed settlement, the Court would appoint an Independent Monitor who would have the authority to exercise disciplinary powers within the UAW, to investigate possible fraud or corruption within the union, and to seek discipline against UAW officers and members before a UAW Trial Committee, or before an Independent Adjudications Officer also appointed by the Court.  The Monitor’s oversight of the union would last for six years, with a possible early termination if the Monitor were to find that his or her work is complete and the UAW no longer needs the Monitor’s services, or extension if the Monitor or the parties feel that a longer period is appropriate.  Besides the Monitor, the UAW will conduct a binding and secret-ballot referendum of its membership, overseen by the Monitor and the Department of Labor, to determine whether to change the UAW’s election method from the current delegate system to a direct election model, where the entire UAW membership could vote for the UAW President and the other members of the UAW’s International Executive Board.  Through the referendum, members would decide whether the UAW’s constitution would be changed to provide for a direct election system in the union, sometimes referred to as “one person, one vote,” starting in the 2022 election cycle.  The parties have jointly proposed the referendum so that all of the men and women of the UAW—and not the government—can decide the method to elect the union’s leaders.  The costs associated with the Monitor would be borne by the UAW.  The Monitor’s duties would not include any involvement in the collective bargaining process or the day-to-day administration of those contracts, absent any indication of corruption or fraud.  The UAW’s board would continue to oversee collective bargaining negotiations and enforcement going forward.

The proposed settlement fully and finally resolves the criminal and civil investigation of the UAW as an entity.  The UAW also agrees to resolve a tax investigation by making a payment of $1.5 million to the Internal Revenue Service in connection with administrative fees that the union received from the three joint training centers that were operated with the three car manufacturers.  In addition, the UAW has already paid back over $15 million to the training centers for improper chargebacks that the union received from two of the training centers.  This money will be used by joint programs for the health and safety of auto workers.

The civil complaint filed today in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan was brought pursuant to the federal civil anti-corruption and anti-fraud statute (18 U.S.C. § 1345), which was designed by Congress to empower courts to intervene and provide injunctive and equitable relief to eliminate fraud in order to serve the public interest.  The civil lawsuit was not filed pursuant to the federal anti-racketeering RICO law because the investigation by the United States did not uncover any involvement by organized crime or the mafia in the operations of the UAW.  Instead, the civil complaint sets forth in detail a series of corrupt and fraudulent acts by former officers and board members of the UAW, as well as executives of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.  The criminal investigation by the United States revealed an extensive and long-lasting effort by two former UAW presidents and their underlings to embezzle over $1.5 million in UAW money for their personal benefit through a series of fraud schemes.  The investigation also uncovered a scheme by one former UAW vice president and two other high-level UAW officers to demand and accept over $2 million in kickbacks from contractors to the joint UAW-GM training center involving multi-million dollar contracts for watches, backpacks, and jackets.  The civil complaint alleges that high-level Fiat Chrysler executives paid bribes to, and engaged in embezzlement with, two former UAW vice presidents and other UAW officials amounting to over $3.5 million.  In total, fifteen UAW officials and Fiat Chrysler executives have been convicted thus far during the criminal investigation.

United States Attorney Schneider said, “The men and women of the UAW deserve honest and faithful leaders dedicated to serving the best interests of the membership.  Today’s settlement provides independent oversight to investigate and eliminate corruption within the union.  It also brings real democratic change to the union by giving the membership the opportunity to decide for themselves whether to institute a direct election system.  I am truly thankful to President Rory Gamble for his good faith willingness to press for real reform within the union.”

UAW President Rory Gamble said:  “Today’s agreement builds upon the many reforms that the UAW has initiated and put in place ourselves over the past 13 months. This civil resolution brings to a close the government’s investigation and is testament to the hard work that has been done to make the necessary structural and cultural changes.

Under our current leadership, the UAW has proactively weeded out individuals who put their personal benefit over our members’ interests and who abused their positions of trust to defraud our Union and our membership. Those individuals have been charged internally and permanently expelled from the Union.

Over the past year, the UAW’s International Executive Board has also devoted an extraordinary amount of time, attention, and resources to significantly overhauling and strengthening both our financial and ethical controls – all to ensure that no one in our Union will have the ability to repeat these misdeeds of the past.

The entire leadership of the UAW embraces the involvement of a Monitor for a period of time who will provide an extra and independent set of eyes on our Union’s financial and disciplinary processes, and provide complete assurance to our members that the reforms we have initiated take permanent root. We are committed to making the Monitor’s job a boring one, by doing everything we can to make sure there are no financial or ethical misconduct issues to monitor.

As I said upon taking office, my overriding goal is to deliver a clean, reformed and ethical union to my successor. Today’s collaborative agreement with the government ensures that we are well on our way toward achieving that goal.“

The fifteen individuals convicted of fraud and corruption crimes include former UAW Vice President Joseph Ashton (30 months in prison)  former FCA Vice President for Employee Relations Alphons Iacobelli (66 months in prison), former FCA Financial Analyst Jerome Durden (15 months in prison), former Director of FCA’s Employee Relations Department Michael Brown (12 months in prison), former senior UAW officials Virdell King (60 days in prison), Keith Mickens (12 months in prison), Nancy A. Johnson (12 months in prison), Monica Morgan, the widow of UAW Vice President General Holiefield (18 months in prison), former UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell (15 months in prison), and former senior UAW official Michael Grimes (28 months). In addition, the following UAW officials have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing: former UAW President Gary Jones, former senior UAW official Jeffrey Pietrzyk, former UAW Region 5 Director and UAW Board member Vance Pearson, former UAW Midwest CAP President Edward “Nick” Robinson, and former UAW President Dennis Williams.

U.S. Attorney Schneider commended the outstanding work of the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigations, the U.S. Department of Labor – Office of Labor-Management Standards and Office of Inspector General, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in conducting a comprehensive criminal investigation into labor corruption activities involving a vital sector of the local and national economy.

 

 

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Statement from UAW Vice President Terry Dittes Director of the UAW General Motors Department on Investments in Tonawanda, NY and Parma, Ohio https://uaw.org/statement-uaw-vice-president-terry-dittes-director-uaw-general-motors-department-investments-tonawanda-ny-parma-ohio/ Mon, 14 Dec 2020 16:28:46 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=30115 “Today’s investment announcement of $76 million builds on the public’s demand for the quality engines and trucks produced for General Motors by the women and men in Tonawanda and increases investment in Parma production as well. As a team, UAW built trucks like the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra continue to be best in class.

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“Today’s investment announcement of $76 million builds on the public’s demand for the quality engines and trucks produced for General Motors by the women and men in Tonawanda and increases investment in Parma production as well. As a team, UAW built trucks like the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra continue to be best in class. Today’s investment rewards that quality and success with a commitment to increased production.”

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Contact Your Senators: Working Families Need a Second Stimulus! https://uaw.org/contact-senators-working-families-need-second-stimulus/ Mon, 14 Dec 2020 14:00:32 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=30073 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

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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 throw American workers a lifeline. That’s why we’re urging you to contact Senators to ask that they vote to pass a second stimulus bill and get working families emergency relief now!

Click here to select your state and contact your Senators.

Thank you for helping us fight for working families.

 

 

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Buying a Vehicle for the Holidays? Do Your Research! https://uaw.org/buying-vehicle-holidays-research-2020/ Sat, 12 Dec 2020 15:00:47 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=30105 Finding products made by union workers in the U.S. can be tough, especially when it comes to buying a vehicle. If you’re getting a new vehicle for someone on your holiday gift list it’s easy to figure out if that car was made in the U.S. by union workers but you need to know where

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Finding products made by union workers in the U.S. can be tough, especially when it comes to buying a vehicle. If you’re getting a new vehicle for someone on your holiday gift list it’s easy to figure out if that car was made in the U.S. by union workers but you need to know where to look and how to decipher the info.  Start by picking a vehicle from the UAW’s 2021 Union-Built Buying Guide. Then, check the vehicle’s VIN – Vehicle Identification Number using the guide below.

How To Read Your VIN

If you look at the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), you can get a clue to where the vehicle was made. A VIN beginning with a 1, 4, or 5 indicates that the vehicle was assembled in the United States; a VIN beginning with a 2 indicates it was assembled in Canada; a VIN beginning with a 3 indicates the vehicle was made in Mexico.

The attached graphic breaks down the VIN even further. Take a look at the second spot on the VIN. That tells you who the manufacturer is. The 11th spot on the VIN tells you what plant your vehicle is from. Match the VIN code with the code on the chart and you will know if the vehicle is assembled in a plant that has workers who are earning a decent wage and helping their communities remain stable.

VIN Identification Guide

Car by Roman Trilo from the Noun Project

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UAW President Rory L. Gamble Statement on President-Elect Biden’s Nomination for USTR https://uaw.org/uaw-president-rory-l-gamble-statement-president-elect-bidens-nomination-ustr/ Fri, 11 Dec 2020 18:59:38 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=30109 “I commend President-Elect Joe Biden for nominating Katherine Tai to lead as U.S. trade representative (USTR). She is highly qualified and well-respected across the political spectrum. Ms. Tai has proven herself to be a tough negotiator and a dedicated public servant who cares deeply about how trade policies impact workers and their communities. This choice

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“I commend President-Elect Joe Biden for nominating Katherine Tai to lead as U.S. trade representative (USTR). She is highly qualified and well-respected across the political spectrum. Ms. Tai has proven herself to be a tough negotiator and a dedicated public servant who cares deeply about how trade policies impact workers and their communities. This choice clearly demonstrates President-elect Biden’s commitment to fighting for working families and will no doubt bolster his ‘build back better’ agenda. I urge the Senate to swiftly confirm her next year.

Katherine Tai is the right person to lead the charge in reforming misguided trade policies that have cost millions of good American jobs. I am looking forward to working with her to put into action a trade agenda that puts the interests of working families first.”

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UAW Cosponsors with KISS-FM, EMG Foundation on Sleeping bag drive to benefit homeless https://uaw.org/uaw-cosponsors-kiss-fm-emg-foundation-sleeping-bag-drive-benefit-homeless/ Tue, 08 Dec 2020 18:00:54 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=30050 Countless people are facing staggering statistics of homelessness throughout the country in 2020.  According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, 8,351 people are homeless on any given night in the state of Michigan alone.  That is why the UAW joined and the EMG Foundation to cosponsor a sleeping bag drive for the homeless. The

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KISS-FM radio host Mildred Gaddis

Countless people are facing staggering statistics of homelessness throughout the country in 2020.  According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, 8,351 people are homeless on any given night in the state of Michigan alone.  That is why the UAW joined and the EMG Foundation to cosponsor a sleeping bag drive for the homeless.

The Mildred Gaddis show broadcasted the Bed in a Bag Radiothon live on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2020, from McDonalds,  located at 1000 Mack Ave Detroit, Michigan from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.  The 6th annual event is a community effort to raise money for sleeping bags, hats, socks and other cold-weather necessities given directly to homeless residents.

President Rory L. Gamble is asking the community to make a donation to help keep the less fortunate warm.

Donations can be made directly to the EMF Foundation THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2020

at: 25875 Golf Point Drive, Southfield, Michigan, 48075 or please call (313) 737-3147.

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UAW to Partner with Detroit Public TV on Critical Educational Work https://uaw.org/uaw-partner-detroit-public-tv-critical-educational-work/ Mon, 07 Dec 2020 18:59:17 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=30059 Union support to allow DPTV to expand its education and social justice programming and engagement during this crucial time in the life of Metro Detroit The UAW has announced that it will partner with Detroit Public TV (DPTV) to advance DPTV’s programming on issues of vital importance to Southeast Michigan, with a special emphasis on

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Union support to allow DPTV to expand its education and social justice programming and engagement during this crucial time in the life of Metro Detroit

The UAW has announced that it will partner with Detroit Public TV (DPTV) to advance DPTV’s programming on issues of vital importance to Southeast Michigan, with a special emphasis on education and racial justice.

The funding will allow DPTV to expand and enhance its award-winning content and community outreach in key subject areas at a crucial time in this community, which is confronted with overlapping health, social and economic crises.

“DPTV is an important community resource for education and workforce training in Detroit. The challenges of the past year over COVID-19 have demonstrated that the historic programming of DPTV is an invaluable resource for our families – from early childhood education, to in-classroom resources to the national oldest African-American experience programming,” said Rory L. Gamble, UAW International President. “This investment in DPTV is a direct investment in the people of our community when it is needed most.”

“We are proud to partner with the UAW to provide our community with essential news and information during this most challenging period,” said Rich Homberg, President and CEO of DPTV. “We all know the historical role of the union, not only in building the economic underpinnings of the American middle class, but in its leading advocacy for diversity, equity and inclusion at all levels of society.

“This funding will enable us to be of even greater service to the people of our community as they strive to navigate the pandemic and protect their families.”

The UAW’s partnership underwriting will permit DPTV to deepen its collaboration with educators and parents to provide at-home and in-classroom resources for teachers and families to ensure that all children receive the education they deserve. DPTV is set to launch the statewide Michigan Learning Channel, providing instructional content for families, students and educators.

In addition, One Detroit – DPTV’s local journalism initiative – will broaden its coverage of issues related to education policy, from school funding to workforce development.

DPTV has been nationally recognized for its work in early childhood education programs, both on air and in the community. Last year it was the recipient of the Michigan Governor’s Service Award as an Education Service Leader.

The UAW funding will also support DPTV’s “American Black Journal,” at 51 years old the nation’s longest running public affairs program dedicated to the African American experience. This perspective is now more important than ever, as the nation and the local community come to grips with a legacy of racial intolerance and injustice.

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Check out the 2021 UAW Union-Built Vehicle Guide https://uaw.org/solidarity_magazine/buy-union-2021-uaw-built-vehicles-list/ Mon, 30 Nov 2020 15:57:07 +0000 https://uaw.org/?post_type=solidarity_magazine&p=29885 UAW CARS Cadillac CT4 Cadillac CT5 Chevrolet Bolt (electric) Chevrolet Camaro Chevrolet Corvette Chevrolet Malibu Chevrolet Sonic Ford Mustang Lincoln Continental UAW TRUCKS Chevrolet Colorado Chevrolet Medium-Duty Silverado Navistar (regular and crew cab) Chevrolet Silverado Light Duty (crew** and double cab only) Chevrolet Silverado Heavy Duty Ford F Series Ford F-650/750 Ford Ranger Ford Super

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UAW CARS

Cadillac CT4
Cadillac CT5
Chevrolet Bolt (electric)
Chevrolet Camaro
Chevrolet Corvette
Chevrolet Malibu
Chevrolet Sonic
Ford Mustang
Lincoln Continental

UAW TRUCKS

Chevrolet Colorado
Chevrolet Medium-Duty Silverado
Navistar (regular and crew cab)
Chevrolet Silverado Light Duty
(crew** and double cab only)
Chevrolet Silverado Heavy Duty
Ford F Series
Ford F-650/750
Ford Ranger
Ford Super Duty Chassis Cab
GMC Canyon
GMC Sierra Light Duty
(crew** and double cab only)
GMC Sierra Heavy Duty
Jeep Gladiator
Ram 1500 (classic model — DS)*
Ram 1500 (new model — DT)*

UAW SUVS/CUVS

Buick Enclave
Cadillac Escalade
Cadillac Escalade ESV
Cadillac Escalade Hybrid
Cadillac XT4
Cadillac XT5
Cadillac XT6
Chevrolet Suburban
Chevrolet Tahoe
Chevrolet Tahoe (police)
Chevrolet Tahoe (special service)
Chevrolet Traverse
Dodge Durango
Ford Escape
Ford Expedition
Ford Explorer
GMC Acadia
GMC Yukon
GMC Yukon Hybrid
GMC Yukon XL
Jeep Cherokee
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Jeep Wrangler
Lincoln Aviator
Lincoln Corsair
Lincoln Navigator

UAW VANS
Chevrolet Express
Chevrolet Express (cut-away)
Ford E-Series (cut-away)
Ford Transit
GMC Savana
GMC Savana (cut-away)

UNIFOR CARS

Chrysler 300
Dodge Challenger
Dodge Charger

UNIFOR SUVS/CUVS

Chevrolet Equinox*
Ford Edge
Lincoln Nautilus

UNIFOR VANS

Chrysler Pacifica
Dodge Grand Caravan

These vehicles are made in the United States or Canada by members of the UAW and Canada’s Unifor union, formerly the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW). Because of the integration of vehicle production in both countries, all of the vehicles listed as made in Canada include significant UAW-made content and support the jobs of UAW members.

However, vehicles marked with a single asterisk (*) are also produced in Mexico.

All heavy-duty Chevrolet Silverados and GMC Sierras will be built in Flint, Michigan, only. Light-duty Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra regular cabs are produced in Mexico only. Vehicles marked with a double asterisk (**) are the crew cab versions of the Chevrolet Silverado light-duty and GMC Sierra light-duty trucks. Those are assembled by UAW members in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and also in Mexico.

When purchasing a vehicle marked with a single or double asterisk, it’s important to check the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). A VIN beginning with “1” or “4” or “5” identifies a U.S.-made vehicle; a “2” identifies a Canadian-made vehicle; a “3” identifies a vehicle made in Mexico. Not all vehicles made in the United States or Canada are built by union-represented workers. Vehicles not listed here, even if produced in the United States or Canada, are not union made.

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President Rory L. Gamble: Thanks to Give, Good Work Done, and Good Work to Do https://uaw.org/president-rory-l-gamble-thanks-give-good-work-done-good-work/ Wed, 25 Nov 2020 15:01:39 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=29908 Every year, as I think about the Thanksgiving holiday, I always try to concentrate on the things that we as a union, and our sisters and brothers in solidarity everywhere, have to be thankful for. And, as always, there is much to be thankful for. But what to say about 2020? A year that has

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Every year, as I think about the Thanksgiving holiday, I always try to concentrate on the things that we as a union, and our sisters and brothers in solidarity everywhere, have to be thankful for. And, as always, there is much to be thankful for. But what to say about 2020? A year that has brought so much sickness with COVID-19, so much social upheaval and unrest and a presidential election that has only underscored the deep divides in how our nation is to go forward. Put it this way, no one I know signed up for 2020. This year has been like nothing any of us ever saw coming; it’s been like nothing we could ever have prepared for. But despite everything, I am seeing that there are still blessings out there that need counting.

This has been a year of tremendous growth, of needed healing and understanding and of Solidarity.

Earlier this month, marked one year since I became President of the UAW. I was honored to accept this enormous responsibility. I’ve been a member of this union for more than 40 years and when I accepted the office of President, the UAW had entered a very dark chapter. We were facing one of the most serious issues in our history — a loss of trust from both our membership and working families across this nation due to a corruption scandal that touched the very highest office in this union.

In response, my top priority as president of the UAW was to do everything in my power, along with the International Executive Board (IEB), to regain the trust and the standing that this great union of ours built through generations of fighting for the rights of working families. Generations of members stepping up at every turn to do the right thing, standing in picket lines, challenging multinational corporations, marching with civil rights leaders, advising presidents and demonstrating courage in the most difficult moments.

Myself along with the rest of our leadership team, put that legacy at the forefront of our efforts to turn things around. And we went to work: It’s been a year of unprecedented challenges, of loss, of crises and frankly, of pain. But it has also been a year of coming together, showing our strength, remembering our fundamental values and the foundation that this union was built upon. It has been a year of growing, of bonding and putting things right. And it has reminded us of how when we come together in Solidarity, we can meet any challenge, we can change our nation and our communities for the better, and we can overcome any obstacle — including this devastating pandemic.

About this virus, I want to say here that my heart goes out to each and every one of our members, and everyone who has lost loved ones and suffered economic hardship due to this virus. I too have lost loved ones and have spent these past months working with my brothers and sisters, the IEB and the companies to do everything in our power to keep all of us safe during this worldwide pandemic.

So, we go on, shoulder to shoulder. And we do what we’ve always done — we fight for what is right, we fight for better, and we stand united.

When I stepped into this position, I promised major reforms would be implemented across this union. The IEB entrusted me to take this union forward, and I took that charge very seriously. I promised to be transparent in communicating our reform efforts to restore integrity and confidence in our union as an organization and in our leadership.

I believe we have come a very long way in that critical journey.

We have implemented a comprehensive ethics program and sweeping financial reforms with top-to-bottom independent oversight, education and training.

Reforms include:

  • The Establishment of an independent Ethics Officer
  • The Establishment of an independent Ethics Ombudsman
  • The Establishment of a confidential Ethics Hotline
  • Establishment of a Policy for Recovery of Misuse of Funds
  • Comprehensive, enhanced independent accounting oversight
  • Banning Charitable Contributions from UAW joint program centers

We have already clawed back funds from those who violated their oath of office, completed a massive overhaul of our financial house, are in the process of selling the controversial Cabin 4 at Black Lake and so much more. We are turning the page on this dark chapter and moving forward to face the challenges ahead.

Our work for the rest of this year and certainly into next year, will be to keep one another and our communities safe through this pandemic.

I know I’ve said this many times over the past several months but it is worth repeating here. In the early days of this worldwide health crisis, our members were among the first to step up when our nation was in need. Our sisters and brothers volunteered to go back into the plants after we shut down production in mid-March to make life saving Personal Protection Equipment (PPE); ventilators and other critical supplies. Members also stepped up to make masks, open food banks, serve on the front lines of this crisis in health care facilities and public safety and much more.

This is the hallmark of our union and this great membership.

In early February, our Health and Safety Department began to track best practices and the impact of the pandemic on our worksites and we set up a communications system to help answer members’ questions about their worksites and safety issues. And it was the UAW, through the COVID-19 task force with the Big 3, that demanded a production shutdown in March to keep our members safe. We have worked tirelessly to keep our members healthy and safe during the pandemic and I pledge to you that we will continue to do so and continue to make sure employers do not forget that it is the hard working Men and women of this union that keeps our economy strong.

As we head into this Thanksgiving weekend, I want to wish each and every member of my UAW family a healthy and happy holiday. I know we will be celebrating differently this year, and I urge all of us to follow the national and state protocols to keep one another safe.

I want to thank my sisters and brothers for their hard work and courage this past year. I also want to thank you for the privilege of leading this union. It is truly an honor to serve as your president and I am so proud of what we have achieved together this year.

Thank you and God Bless.

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Certifying Michigan’s Election Results https://uaw.org/certifying-michigans-election-results/ Sun, 22 Nov 2020 15:07:17 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=29847 Local 163 President Ralph Morris Jr. talks about the importance of certifying November’s election results and making sure that every vote is counted.

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Local 163 President Ralph Morris Jr. talks about the importance of certifying November’s election results and making sure that every vote is counted.

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Respect the will of the voters in Michigan https://uaw.org/respect-will-voters-michigan/ Sat, 21 Nov 2020 20:27:35 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=29839 Michigan voters decided and are ready to move Michigan forward together. Senator Mike Shirkey and Lee Chatfield should be focused on protecting Michiganders during COVID-19, not undermining the election results. Join the Driving For Democracy: Car Caravan and Virtual Press Conference on Monday to ensure the election results and the will of the people are

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Michigan voters decided and are ready to move Michigan forward together. Senator Mike Shirkey and Lee Chatfield should be focused on protecting Michiganders during COVID-19, not undermining the election results.

Join the Driving For Democracy: Car Caravan and Virtual Press Conference on Monday to ensure the election results and the will of the people are certified.

Watch the video: Confronting Senator Shirkey on his way to undermining our democracy. The people won’t stand for it:

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On the Front Lines of Democracy https://uaw.org/front-lines-democracy/ Fri, 20 Nov 2020 22:55:20 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=29797 As UAW members get involved in the communities where they live, they have a deep impact not just on their workplaces and their families, but on our nation. For UAW Administrative Assistant to President Rory L. Gamble, Allen Wilson, that meant a front row seat in the national spotlight as he served on the Wayne

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As UAW members get involved in the communities where they live, they have a deep impact not just on their workplaces and their families, but on our nation. For UAW Administrative Assistant to President Rory L. Gamble, Allen Wilson, that meant a front row seat in the national spotlight as he served on the Wayne County Board of Canvassers.

The stakes? Who will be our nation’s next president.

Wilson is one of four members of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers, comprised of two Democrats and two Republicans appointed by the Wayne County Commission, just like the other 82 county canvassing boards throughout Michigan. The board’s job includes certifying election results in Wayne County, which includes Detroit. Partisan controversy over certification is rare. With the November 3 results clearly showing President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris won, certification should have been uncontroversial. But with a lame duck president, as the New York Times described, using an “unparalleled push to overturn the results of the 2020 election” with an “audacious use of brute political force,” the election was anything but typical.

The board’s two Republican members, encouraged and praised by President Donald Trump along the way, maneuvered to block certification by falsely accusing Detroit’s primarily Black voters and the city’s voting system as being fraudulent and their system error ridden. They did not contest results in primarily white Wayne County cities where similar issues occurred. None of the small discrepancies anywhere in the county would have changed the outcome of the election. All were issues that occur in every election, without being questioned by the board, according to Wilson.

UAW Administrative Assistant to President Rory L. Gamble, Allen Wilson

Those lies from the GOP board members about Detroit, while giving other cities a pass, made Allen Wilson’s presence on the board crucial, not only as an overseer of fair election results for all but as defender of Detroit voters, many from working families and many who are union members. The lives, blood, sweat and tears sacrificed by Black Americans to gain voting rights were on the line.

“There has been a push from Trump and the GOP to disavow many votes cast. For the GOP to save face with Trump most have jumped on board with these false claims,” said Wilson. He emphasized that in 2016, 59% of precincts were out of balance, which meant about one to three votes in each of those precincts were reported in error. The results were approved without question. In the August 2020 primary, 72% of precincts were out of balance and results were approved. In the recent November election, 70% of precincts were out of balance.

Amazingly, GOP board members had a problem with those results even though they approved similar results in the past. They offered no evidence to back up their opposition to the certification, even while knowing that the votes in question wouldn’t change the results of the election.

“The stench of partisanship was in the room. I told the Republicans and the media that I was appalled to be sitting here with my GOP colleagues who are trumpeting Donald Trump’s rallying cry to overturn the election he lost,” added Wilson. “It shows a disdain for the voting electorate in Detroit. It shows disdain for the largest African American community in Wayne County. They tried to disenfranchise working families, union people.”

After heated outcry from Wayne County residents during the certification meeting, the two GOP board members agreed to certify the results of the Wayne County vote. After intense pressure from the GOP, however, they changed their minds again and refused to sign the certification.

The importance of speaking up against racism and against voter disenfranchisement couldn’t be clearer with Wilson’s role on the board. “You need people, including political candidates, in places to support working men and women. Democrats, not Republicans, are the ones who will do that. Voluntary V-CAP contributions from members put politicians in place to enact legislation that promotes the agenda of working families, and have created laws to give women and African Americans the right to vote. More important, V-CAP affects all of us in state legislatures, the halls of Congress and the White House,” said Wilson.

Labor friendly President-elect Joe Biden got $365 million in contributions in August alone, from political action committees and individuals, and that money helped promote him to victory.

“Without the ability to financially support labor friendly candidates what do we have? Trump and his cult members who never question him, such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who blocks all legislation that helps workers? Senators Lindsey Graham, Marco Rubio or Ted Cruz? They never question Donald Trump,” said Wilson. He pointed out that candidate Donald Trump infamously said during his 2016 campaign, “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody, and wouldn’t lose any voters, OK? It’s, like, incredible.”

As the recent November election reminds us, voluntary V-CAP contributions and political engagement make a profound difference to every UAW member. As labor icon and former UAW President Walter Reuther famously said, “There’s a direct relationship between the ballot box and the bread box, and what the union fights for and wins at the bargaining table can be taken away in the legislative halls.”

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Statement of UAW President Rory L. Gamble on Michigan Leaders Meeting with President Donald Trump https://uaw.org/statement-uaw-president-rory-l-gamble-michigan-leaders-meeting-president-donald-trump/ Fri, 20 Nov 2020 16:28:47 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=29781 Detroit – “Enough. Voters in Wayne County, Michigan and throughout this country should know that their votes aren’t subject to some arcane public relations spectacle using the courts and legislative procedures as a hammer to deprive them of their personal Constitutional rights to vote. Today, in the ultimate insult to voters, the two leaders of Michigan’s

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Detroit – “Enough. Voters in Wayne County, Michigan and throughout this country should know that their votes aren’t subject to some arcane public relations spectacle using the courts and legislative procedures as a hammer to deprive them of their personal Constitutional rights to vote.

Today, in the ultimate insult to voters, the two leaders of Michigan’s Legislature are headed to the White House for an arm-twisting to artfully try to deny the counting of their legitimate votes.

The Board of Canvassers by law has a duty to certify the votes that were certified at the local level. And the Michigan Legislature by law has a duty to appoint the Electoral College representatives of the candidate receiving the most Michigan votes. President-Elect Joe Biden received 150,000 more votes in Michigan than the President.

In the quixotic quest to find some evidence of voter fraud, the effort in Michigan has somehow morphed into not counting millions of Michiganders legitimate votes.

Enough. Time to certify and move on.”

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Indiana Local Digs Deep to Honor the Fallen https://uaw.org/solidarity_magazine/indiana-local-digs-deep-honor-fallen/ Wed, 18 Nov 2020 15:30:41 +0000 https://uaw.org/?post_type=solidarity_magazine&p=29761 Local 2209 Sends $100k to Vietnam Wall Project with More to Come Members of Local 2209 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, consider it part of their job to make sure the public fully appreciates the sacrifices made more than a half century ago in Vietnam. For Greg Bedford, the chairman of the local’s Veterans Committee, it’s

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Local 2209 Sends $100k to Vietnam Wall Project with More to Come

Members of Local 2209 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, consider it part of their job to make sure the public fully appreciates the sacrifices made more than a half century ago in Vietnam.

For Greg Bedford, the chairman of the local’s Veterans Committee, it’s that and more as Veterans Day 2020 approaches.

“I want to make sure that, in my lifetime, no veteran is ever forgotten,” the millwright/ welder said. It’s why earlier this year the local announced it would donate $100,000 to support the Vietnam Wall project of The Veterans National Memorial Shrine & Museum. The project is an 80% replica of the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington that lists the names of 58,318 Americans who gave their lives in service to their country.

“We are proud and honored to support this important project and are donating a check for $100,000 for the installation of the wall. This lasting tribute to the fallen heroes of the Vietnam War will bring thousands of new visitors to our community,” said Local 2209 President Holli Murphy.

Local 2209 President Holli Murphy with Greg Bedford, said the local voted unanimously to support the project.

“Our members of Local 2209 voted unanimously to support this treasured monument,” Murphy added. “We will also provide the Veterans Memorial Shrine and Museum with an additional $50,000 for operating expenses over the next two years.”

The donation will allow the museum to break ground on the project and move it closer to its goal of raising $1.7 million. The museum, located in Fort Wayne, is an all volunteer nonprofit 501(c) charity. It operates a 40-acre memorial grounds featuring memorials for all wars, a box car from France that was part of the “Merci Train,” which was 49 World War I-era boxcars sent to the U.S. from France that were filled with gifts as a thank you to the United States for helping war-torn Europe after World War II, and the museum. According to its website, its objective “is not only to honor the dead and all who served, but also to provide inspiration for the living to search for and work for a better America.”

Bedford also is the shrine and museum’s commander. He thanked Local 2209 members generosity in the past and for its future commitment.

“We are overwhelmed by the generosity of Local 2209 and their many members. Their support over the years has been critical to the success of our operation and will continue to be for years to come,” Bedford said.

They have raised an additional $200,000 from area companies and the community at large, with donations ranging from $10 to $1,000. Local companies are pitching in with services, as well. Among them, Hagerman Construction has agreed to perform construction work on a pay-as-you-can basis, meaning construction won’t be delayed because of lack of funds. Another company, Crosby Excavating, is donating its services, he said.

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UAW History: Bendix Sit-Down Strike https://uaw.org/uaw-history-bendix-sit-strike/ Tue, 17 Nov 2020 18:23:22 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=29775 The first sit-down strike in the U.S. auto industry by workers wanting to join the UAW happened on Nov. 17, 1936, in South Bend, Indiana, at Bendix Products Corporation. By the mid-1930s sit-down strikes had become a popular way to leverage grassroots worker activism to gain rights in the workplace, but none had the impact

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The first sit-down strike in the U.S. auto industry by workers wanting to join the UAW happened on Nov. 17, 1936, in South Bend, Indiana, at Bendix Products Corporation.

By the mid-1930s sit-down strikes had become a popular way to leverage grassroots worker activism to gain rights in the workplace, but none had the impact the first UAW strike at Bendix would as it became the main precursor to the famous Flint sit-down strike that would begin just over a month after the Bendix strike.

Part of the Bendix workforce belonged to the Bendix-Stromberg Workers Federal Labor Union #18347 which affiliated with the UAW in 1935 and became UAW Local 9. These workers began agitating against restrictions of the other union at Bendix, a company union called the Bendix Employees Association which had been in existence for three years.

On Nov. 17, 1936, this fairly new local held the nation’s first UAW sit-down strike. They held out in the cold plant for eight days until an agreement was finally reached that the company union would no longer represent the workers and that UAW Local 9 would be the single bargaining agent for Bendix workers. The eight days were not easy as the Indiana weather was extremely cold in late November and the company turned off the heat during the strike. Both male and female workers stayed in the plant on strike, however, and did their best to stay warm with warm clothes and by dancing and playing bridge.

When the strike ended, all UAW members agreed to go back to work. The workers at Bendix proved that a sit-down strike in the auto industry could get results, despite being a difficult tactic to win demands with the company. Auto workers at General Motors would take that lesson and apply it to win the most historic UAW victory at that time which was coming up a few weeks later: the Flint sit-down strike of 1936-37, when GM became the first of the Big Three automakers to recognize the UAW.

 

 

 

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Statement of UAW President Rory L. Gamble on Meeting with President-Elect Joe Biden, Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris about the Economy https://uaw.org/statement-uaw-president-rory-l-gamble-meeting-president-elect-joe-biden-vice-president-elect-kamala-harris-economy/ Mon, 16 Nov 2020 21:28:02 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=29773 DETROIT – UAW President Rory L. Gamble met remotely with leaders from other unions, businesses and President-Elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Harris earlier today. He issued the following statement: “I want to thank President-Elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Harris for convening this important meeting today. Our nation and economy are at a crucial point right

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DETROIT – UAW President Rory L. Gamble met remotely with leaders from other unions, businesses and President-Elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Harris earlier today. He issued the following statement:

“I want to thank President-Elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Harris for convening this important meeting today. Our nation and economy are at a crucial point right now given the rise in COVID-19 cases. Today’s discussion among labor and business leaders was a productive and honest discussion of the challenges we all face in manufacturing and business to wrestle control of a very difficult situation for our economy.

The UAW has had productive ongoing discussions with our Detroit-3 counterparts and other employers about protocols to keep our economy moving and at the same time make tough decisions to protect UAW members and all working Americans. But we all expressed today to the incoming administration an acute need for an immediate economic package for those hard hit by this pandemic, help for our states and our frontline providers and specifically to protect the health and safety of UAW members in the workplace. Testing, PPE equipment, and a plan for distribution for a vaccine, when available, are crucial as is the ability for workers, management and government to work together through this pandemic nimbly and efficiently in order to save lives.

I also expressed how much UAW members are working hard to do their part and follow protocols not just in the workplace but in their homes and communities as well. Together we all need to be ready for the difficult yet lifesaving decisions that lay ahead.”

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United Way and UAW: Working Together https://uaw.org/united-way-uaw-working-together/ Fri, 13 Nov 2020 15:30:21 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=29754 The UAW and the United Way have a 75-year history of working together to provide vital resources to our communities. Hear from UAW Vice President Gerald Kariem and Ford Motor Company’s Chief Manufacturer and Labor Affairs Officer Gary Johnson what this partnership means for our neighbors and how the UAW and Ford are continuing the

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The UAW and the United Way have a 75-year history of working together to provide vital resources to our communities. Hear from UAW Vice President Gerald Kariem and Ford Motor Company’s Chief Manufacturer and Labor Affairs Officer Gary Johnson what this partnership means for our neighbors and how the UAW and Ford are continuing the tradition in 2020.

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Remembering and Honoring our Veterans https://uaw.org/remembering-honoring-veterans/ Wed, 11 Nov 2020 05:55:15 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=29769 Remembering and Honoring our Veterans A message from UAW President Rory L. Gamble   Today our nation comes together to honor the proud men and women who have stepped up to protect and serve our country. On this Veterans Day, we remember all those who served and the sacrifices they and their families made to

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Remembering and Honoring our Veterans
A message from UAW President Rory L. Gamble

 

Today our nation comes together to honor the proud men and women who have stepped up to protect and serve our country. On this Veterans Day, we remember all those who served and the sacrifices they and their families made to keep us safe and to safeguard our democracy. We remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice during wartime and all who gave of themselves during peacetime.

On this national holiday, we also pause to think about how to pay tribute to our veterans and our military families. We must pledge to care for our service members — as they have cared for this nation — and work to ensure that they have the resources they need and deserve. They were there when their country called on them to serve, and we need to be there for them as a nation who recognizes their contribution. The UAW has always been a proud supporter and advocate for veterans and their families. We continue to work in support of veterans’ benefits, opportunities, health care and more.

The UAW has a proud history of commitment to helping our nation’s veterans, both at the local level and through our standing veterans committee. As always, we will continue to fight for the rights of our brothers and sisters who bravely served our country and their families.

Thank you and God bless our veterans for their service to our nation.

 

 

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Statement of UAW President Rory L. Gamble on the Election of President-Elect Joe Biden and the Need To Unify Behind a Strong Agenda for UAW Members https://uaw.org/statement-uaw-president-rory-l-gamble-election-president-elect-joe-biden-need-unify-behind-strong-agenda-uaw-members/ Sat, 07 Nov 2020 16:38:31 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=29759 “UAW members look forward to working with President-Elect Joe Biden, who has been a friend of UAW members and labor since his earliest days as a Senator in Delaware. It is time for us all as Americans, and as UAW members, to put aside our differences and unify on the hard work that lay ahead.

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“UAW members look forward to working with President-Elect Joe Biden, who has been a friend of UAW members and labor since his earliest days as a Senator in Delaware.

It is time for us all as Americans, and as UAW members, to put aside our differences and unify on the hard work that lay ahead. Our members, our families and our communities are hurting in this pandemic and with economic challenges, health care challenges and workplace rights and safety challenges as union members. These are the issues that unite us as union members regardless of who is in power in the White House, in Congress or our Courts.

Now we must look to ourselves to set an example and to work as one nation, under God, united and indivisible as we work for an end to this pandemic and a brighter future for our members, their families and their communities.”

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Count every vote! https://uaw.org/count-every-vote/ Sat, 07 Nov 2020 01:09:36 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=29752 The AFL-CIO and affiliates are participating in conversations to organize and plan around the need to pivot from voter mobilization to defending the democratic process in the event of a contested election. This effort is dedicated to ensuring that every vote be counted in this election. A program has been launched to facilitate these efforts.

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The AFL-CIO and affiliates are participating in conversations to organize and plan around the need to pivot from voter mobilization to defending the democratic process in the event of a contested election.

This effort is dedicated to ensuring that every vote be counted in this election. A program has been launched to facilitate these efforts.  An action is scheduled for November 7, 2020 at 1p.m. in Lansing and Grand Rapids and at 2 p.m. in Detroit. If you choose to participate please practice COVID-19 safety procedures.

For more information, see www.UnionsDefend.org.

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Statement of UAW Vice President Terry Dittes, Director of the UAW GM Department, on General Motors Earnings Statement https://uaw.org/statement-uaw-vice-president-terry-dittes-director-uaw-gm-department-general-motors-earnings-statement/ Thu, 05 Nov 2020 15:21:18 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=29749 Detroit – “In a challenging year, UAW members during this time of national crisis have pulled together to safely and productively make some of the finest quality vehicles and trucks in the world. This profit statement reflects our UAW members’ commitment to safety as they returned to the plant this spring, and their dedication to

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Detroit – “In a challenging year, UAW members during this time of national crisis have pulled together to safely and productively make some of the finest quality vehicles and trucks in the world. This profit statement reflects our UAW members’ commitment to safety as they returned to the plant this spring, and their dedication to the quality and craftsmanship that is second to none.”

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Detroit Branch NAACP and Western Wayne County NAACP Honor UAW President Rory L. Gamble with Lifetime Achievement Awards https://uaw.org/detroit-branch-naacp-western-wayne-county-naacp-honor-uaw-president-rory-l-gamble-lifetime-achievement-awards/ Wed, 28 Oct 2020 19:16:37 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=29741 Detroit – UAW International President Rory L. Gamble has received lifetime achievement awards from the Detroit Chapter NAACP and the Western Wayne County NAACP this month honoring his and UAW’s commitment to the fight for social justice. Gamble, the UAW’s first African American International President, said he was humbled and honored by the award. “This confirms

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Detroit – UAW International President Rory L. Gamble has received lifetime achievement awards from the Detroit Chapter NAACP and the Western Wayne County NAACP this month honoring his and UAW’s commitment to the fight for social justice.

Gamble, the UAW’s first African American International President, said he was humbled and honored by the award. “This confirms that the work we do at the UAW in fighting for social justice and the rights and dignity of all Americans is recognized by our community.”

Gamble received the James Weldon Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award at the October 25 Detroit Branch NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner headlined by Vice Presidential Candidate and California Senator Kamala Harris. “The NAACP and the UAW are linked through history and from my earliest days that joint social justice mission has been important to me,” said Gamble. “Both the NAACP and the UAW understand that dignity and respect in life and at the workplace are at the core of who we are as a nation.”

Gamble, who hails from southwest Detroit, began his career in UAW Region 1A where he rose to become Regional Director prior to becoming UAW Vice President and Director of the UAW Ford Department.

He is a life member of the NAACP and has been very active in NAACP activities and initiatives. “It is especially an honor to receive a lifetime achievement award from the Western Wayne County NAACP. Together throughout my career we have worked tirelessly for social justice and community support,” said Gamble. “There is no higher calling than to help your fellow man. I thank the Western Wayne County NAACP for all that we have achieved together.

Gamble is a graduate of the labor studies program at Wayne State University. He lives in Detroit and is the father of five children: Anthony, Rory Jr., Raenard, Rashaun and Rahshidah, and grandfather to 34 grandchildren.

(Link to acceptance remarks of Western Wayne County NAACP acceptance) https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xclFqiIsjB6N84ZIY1beZsUSL6jJgrBT/view?usp=sharing

(Link to acceptance remarks of Detroit Chapter NAACP acceptance)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbHOZaboqZU&feature=youtu.be

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Don’t stop at the Top: Your choices up and down the ballot make government work https://uaw.org/dont-stop-top-choices-ballot-make-government-work/ Tue, 27 Oct 2020 14:14:48 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=29726 Since its inception, since we got here as a nation, America has been about the right to allow its citizens to pick and choose our best and most qualified people for public office. We took a while to get here. We started out with some states allowing only white male adult property owners to vote,

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Since its inception, since we got here as a nation, America has been about the right to allow its citizens to pick and choose our best and most qualified people for public office. We took a while to get here. We started out with some states allowing only white male adult property owners to vote, with non-whites and women and non-property owners on the outside looking in.

The fact is, we fought and died to figure this out, and here in 2020 we still have some sorting out on the details to go, but the idea of government for the people by the people is coming up on 300 years and that concept … that democracy … is undeniably one of the world’s greatest achievements. We wanted our voices to be heard and our national decisions to be made as a collective body — we wanted the personal freedom to choose. From the start, from the businessmen and merchants in the new cities, to the farmers in developing rural areas, ‘We the People’ select delegates who represent our causes, concerns and needs in our individual areas of the country. On November 3, we the people will pick who will speak for us, from president to city clerk.

Make it all count

The focus of the upcoming November General Election is zeroed in on who will become our next president. Of course. But there are so many other essential decisions that need to be made in this election. Decisions that will affect our work, and our financial and personal lives at the local, regional and state level.  Decisions that must be made by us: the folks who understand the uniqueness of our regions, brothers and sisters who work closely with people in our communities, and who may someday become the person who is chosen to lead this nation.

We must all understand the candidates in our states and districts and know where they stand on issues that impact our lives. And then, make our selections up and down the ticket based on their records. We must look to the ballot not only as a way to select the nation’s leader, but all of the individuals representing us, knowing us, and standing beside us in our workplace and communities.

This November 3, don’t just vote for the top of the ticket. Vote up and down the ticket.

Here are a few reasons why:

So much of our lives is decided by federal, state and local courts. According to Ballotpedia, 35 states are holding state supreme court elections in 2020. In total, 78 of the nation’s 344 state supreme court seats are up for election. Thirty states are holding intermediate appellate court elections. There are 200 seats on intermediate appellate courts up for election.

Just as who we choose as President of our nation will impact our daily lives, the people we put in judicial seats will be making crucial decisions on every level with far-reaching effects.

And then there are Congressional and state representatives and senators. A total of 470 seats in the U.S. Congress (35 Senate seats and all 435 House seats) are up for election on November 3, including two special elections for the U.S. Senate.

Not to mention your local offices like commissioners, trustees and school boards in your community. These are the people who live and work in your cities and towns. They are your neighbors and they will have a say in your lives.

The further down the ballot you vote, the more you’ll see how your voice can impact day-to-day decisions. Everything from road repairs to police budgets to school curriculums. The farther down the ballot you go, the closer to home you get. You are selecting officials who are also more accessible, who know your community, and can get things done.

And it is easy to vote. Much easier and much more accessible than in 1776. This year, you have many options. You can vote by mail, absentee ballot, or in person. If you are not sure if you’re registered to vote, it’s so simple to check. Just go to I will vote and click on Check If I’m Registered to Vote. Follow the prompts and you’ll either be able to confirm your registration or register to vote. Polling places and mail-in drop boxes are also available on this site.

But whatever you do — be informed, and VOTE!

Make your voice heard from every corner of this great country of ours.

I thank you.

In Solidarity,
Rory L. Gamble

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Statement on the Confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett To the United States Supreme Court; Call on Her To Recuse Herself on Pending Political Issues https://uaw.org/statement-confirmation-amy-coney-barrett-united-states-supreme-court-call-recuse-pending-political-issues/ Tue, 27 Oct 2020 00:27:29 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=29739 Detroit – “UAW members don’t ask for a lot from their government and their courts and what they do ask is pretty reasonable. They wake up each day, go to work, and ask for a government that protects their health and welfare, their right to decent wages and benefits, and their rights to collectively bargain

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Detroit – “UAW members don’t ask for a lot from their government and their courts and what they do ask is pretty reasonable. They wake up each day, go to work, and ask for a government that protects their health and welfare, their right to decent wages and benefits, and their rights to collectively bargain a contract.

That is why we have watched with alarm as the United States Senate ignored Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s last fervent wish that her replacement not become part of partisan politics. We have seen the leadership in the U.S. Senate alter precedent to rush through this Court appointment. And that is the reason that this confirmation is clouded by the partisanship of this national election. This is a sad day for our country and our democracy.

We have seen the power of the court in recent decisions that have negatively impacted accessibility to health care, retirement security and the right to collectively bargain.

In the coming days, the Court will rule on issues Americans are voting on right now — the future of our health care; the future of labor rights; and in fact the very national election that is taking place. For UAW members, the timing of this appointment during a national election, is coupled forever with the pending political issues before the Court.

More than 61 million Americans have already cast their ballot and their voices and millions of other Americans who will vote will not be heard in this decision.

That is why, on behalf of UAW members, we ask that Amy Coney Barrett recuse herself from hearing cases on the November election and the scheduled hearing on the ACA in November. We owe it to the UAW men and women who work hard every day to know that their Supreme Court is free from the taint of politics.

Only Justice Barrett can recuse herself. But doing so will restore the honor and impartiality of our Court. She has a lifetime appointment going forward to rule without a cloud over her decisions. But on any pending election issues and the subsequent political storm that played into her appointment, a grateful nation would know that the moral and ethical Court outcomes are not forever tarnishing the United States Supreme Court with the ugly stain of partisan politics.”

 

 

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NNPA BLACKPRESS – November 3: So much at stake in this election https://uaw.org/nnpa-blackpress-november-3-much-stake-election/ Sat, 24 Oct 2020 21:19:37 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=29733 By Ray Curry Vote! I cannot say it any simpler or say it enough. Vote to restore government for the people, by the people; vote to preserve our threatened middle class; vote for America’s workers by voting for an America that works; vote up and down the ballot and vote union blue. Sisters and brothers,

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Secretary-Treasurer Ray Curry

By Ray Curry

Vote! I cannot say it any simpler or say it enough.

Vote to restore government for the people, by the people; vote to preserve our threatened middle class; vote for America’s workers by voting for an America that works; vote up and down the ballot and vote union blue.

Sisters and brothers, I have to say that never before has there been so much at stake for the American people than in this election. From constitutional court decisions affecting human, civil and worker rights, to the ability to safely exercise our right to vote … all are on the line.  Our current way of life, fought for and worked for over so many decades, is being threatened…

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Join the Political Action Workshop tonight with UAW President Rory Gamble, Michigan LT. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II https://uaw.org/join-political-action-workshop-tonight-uaw-president-rory-gamble-michigan-lt-governor-garlin-gilchrist-ii/ Thu, 22 Oct 2020 16:54:23 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=29719 Join us tonight via Zoom, from 7:00 PM – 7:30 PM for a political action workshop with UAW President Rory Gamble, Michigan LT. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II, Michael Joseph and Frank Woods. Ask questions live, here: https://www.cbtudm.org/cbtu-detroit-paw-questionsfor-lt-gov-garlin-gilchrestand-uaw-president-rorygamble-10-22-20-7-pm/ Zoom Meeting October 22, 7 PM – 7:30 PM EDT Passcode: govuaw

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Join us tonight via Zoom, from 7:00 PM – 7:30 PM for a political action workshop with UAW President Rory Gamble, Michigan LT. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II, Michael Joseph and Frank Woods.

Ask questions live, here: https://www.cbtudm.org/cbtu-detroit-paw-questionsfor-lt-gov-garlin-gilchrestand-uaw-president-rorygamble-10-22-20-7-pm/

Zoom Meeting

October 22, 7 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
Passcode: govuaw

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