UAW https://uaw.org International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America Fri, 21 Feb 2020 15:13:58 +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 Secretary-Treasurer Ray Curry: By the Content of their Character https://uaw.org/secretary-treasurer-ray-curry-content-character/ Fri, 21 Feb 2020 15:13:58 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=28017 America’s Black History, which we celebrate this month, offers abundant examples across the centuries of how one person can make a difference, how one person can move an entire people forward. I am lucky enough to have witnessed the results of two such difference makers firsthand, both in my job and in my life. Two

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America’s Black History, which we celebrate this month, offers abundant examples across the centuries of how one person can make a difference, how one person can move an entire people forward. I am lucky enough to have witnessed the results of two such difference makers firsthand, both in my job and in my life. Two men who found each other in their individual fight for human rights, and in doing so, helped shape the future of our nation.

So, this February, I would like to pay tribute to that relationship, to two heavyweight champions who fought together for America’s soul, and who transcended their time and place in helping to define it forever: The Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. and Walter Reuther, President of the UAW.

A long time before these two extraordinary men teamed up, their spirits were entwined. Dr. King understood the voice that organized labor gave to workers just trying to better their lot. He once characterized it in a speech to an AFL-CIO crowd: “The labor movement was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress. Out of its bold struggles, economic and social reform gave birth to unemployment insurance, old age pensions, government relief for the destitute, and above all, new wage levels that meant not mere survival but a tolerable life.”

For his part, Reuther confronted racism early on in the 1930s as a student at what is now Detroit’s Wayne State University. The incident involved a local hotel that was permitting white students to use its swimming pool but refused blacks.

When Reuther discovered this, he took on the injustice by organizing a protest that surrounded the block where the hotel was located with his fellow classmates. The action, typical of the times, resulted in all students being banned, black and white, but Reuther made a clear statement and went on to make a history of such battles.

Tireless fighters

In 1946, Reuther immediately took up social injustice upon becoming the UAW’s president by declaring that beyond the battle for worker rights it was “the union’s role to fight for the public at large.” Without waiting around for the country to get on board, Reuther took on the American Bowling League, which excluded black bowlers. In 1948, he began a bowling tournament in what is now UAW Region 1A in Michigan that allowed blacks and whites to bowl together. Today, that tournament still stands, and my brothers and sisters celebrate this rich tradition every year.

In 1949, just as the Civil Rights Movement was getting underway, he used his leverage to help bring about the first meeting in Washington, D.C., on civil rights legislation. Of his activism he once observed, “You can’t opt out of life, you have to make up your mind if you are willing to accept things the way they are.”

Both men knew what economic gain could bring. Early on, Dr. King took on anti-union politicians who he saw standing in the way of progress for America’s people of color: “In our glorious fight for civil rights, we must guard against being fooled by false slogans, such as ‘right to work.’ … Its purpose is to destroy labor unions and the freedom of collective bargaining by which unions have improved wages and working conditions of everyone. Wherever these laws have been passed, wages are lower, job opportunities are fewer and there are no civil rights.”

Reuther saw it the same way, conservative politicians ready to shut the door on equality and justice for all: “There is a direct link between ballot box and bread box,” he famously declared.

Both men knew the significance of fair housing. Walter Reuther started pushing for legislation, both lobbying for and devising fair housing programs, first in Detroit, and then nationally soon after the second World War. In the 1960s, he helped launch Operation Breakthrough, a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development program that used union-made manufactured housing to lessen the devastating impact the housing crisis was having on minority communities. The program helped create job opportunities in these locations, all the while encouraging racial and income integration in the larger community.

Doctor King, who knew all too well the misery that housing segregation caused for minorities, was himself a tireless warrior on this front. A 2018 article appearing in The Atlantic captures his fearlessness and tenacity for the cause:

“‘Kill him,’ a mob chanted as Dr. King marched across Marquette Park in the late summer of 1966. King had recently moved to Chicago, and on that August afternoon, he joined a Chicago Freedom Movement march to demand that realtors not discriminate against black residents seeking to live in white neighborhoods. A group of white counter-protesters grew violent and started hurling rocks, bottles, and bricks at the demonstrators, eventually striking Dr. King in the head. ‘I’ve been in many demonstrations all across the South, but I can say that I have never seen — even in Mississippi and Alabama — mobs as hostile and as hate-filled as I’ve seen here in Chicago,’ he said, shining light on a problem that white Northern liberals had ignored and let fester for far too long: de facto segregation.”

Resolve that will not break

Both men paid dearly in standing tall for all people: Reuther was confronted by Ford hired goons and beaten within an inch of his life while trying to organize workers. Would be assassins came to his door twice. Doctor King, who devoted his life to peaceful protest, was jailed repeatedly on just about every trumped-up charge imaginable. That rock thrown at him in Chicago knocked him off his feet. He stayed on the ground until he could shake off the cobwebs, get up again and keep right on marching.

None of this even slowed either man down for a moment in their fight for justice. Reuther marched with Dr. King in Selma, Montgomery, and Jackson. When King and 800 others were jailed in Birmingham, Alabama, Reuther turned to his fellow UAW members who raised $160,000 in bail money to get those arrested out of jail.

In the summer of 1963, Reuther teamed up with Dr. King in Detroit for The Walk to Freedom, the largest Civil Rights demonstration in U.S. history at that point, with an estimated 125,000 people attending. Led by Dr. King and President Reuther, the massive march down Woodward Avenue drew attention to matters close to the Equal Rights mission and to the UAW — racism, segregation, discrimination and inequality in hiring, wages, education and housing.

Reuther brought supporters and provided office space at Solidarity House for Dr. King to organize the event. It was at the UAW’s Solidarity House, in fact, that Dr. King composed the first version of his,” I Have a Dream” speech, which he gave with Reuther at his side at Detroit’s Cobo Hall following the march.

Two months later, the pair were together again, leading some 250,000 people, this time in front of the nation’s eyes, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. This seminal event, known as March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, once again linked the two leaders and their causes.

It was here that Reverend King most fully articulated his “I Have a Dream” speech, in which he emphasized his faith that all men, someday, would be brothers. It was here too that Walter Reuther gave remarks from the podium. In his speech, Reuther urged that our nation must “… bridge the moral gap between American democracy’s noble promises and it’s ugly practices in the field of civil rights.” Following the event, President John F. Kennedy met with the two leaders to talk more on what could be done.

A spirit that will not be crushed

On the 25th anniversary of the UAW, King wrote a letter to Reuther, that included this passage:

“More than anyone else in America, you stand out as the shining symbol of democratic trade unionism. Through trials, efforts and your unswerving devotion to humanitarian causes, you have made life more meaningful for millions of working people. Through moments of difficulty and strong obstacles, you have stood firm for what you believe, knowing that in the long run ‘Truth crushed to earth will rise again.’ … One day all of America will be proud of your achievements and will record your work as one of the glowing epics of our heritage.”

Not long after writing that, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered for his life’s work of improving the lives of people oppressed for no more than the color of their skins. Fair Housing was passed in the wake of his assassination. Two years later, UAW President, Walter Reuther, was killed along with his wife, May, in a plane crash. His life’s work was to give voice to working people.

That struggle continues today. We still fight for voting rights and to protect the Voting Rights Act; we still struggle to protect and maintain a livable wage, we still struggle against Right-to-Work.

Today is a reminder of how hard these two friends fought and how very much they won for the generations that have come after them.

I think both brothers — brothers are what Dr. King envisioned we would all be to one another; and brother and sister are exactly what we as union members call each other. Dr. King would have been pleased to have heard that.

We continue their fight and will work in this 2020 election year as tirelessly as these two noble friends did throughout their lives to stand strong for justice.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once stated, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

Truly this is a reminder of the relationship of two friends, two great leaders, and most importantly about the challenges that we still face each day.

First published by Black Press USA >>>

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MORNING JOURNAL: Oberlin College students, staff and community members protest layoffs of UAW workers at the school https://uaw.org/morning-journal-oberlin-college-students-staff-community-members-protest-layoffs-uaw-workers-school/ Thu, 20 Feb 2020 18:05:56 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=28016 800 members of the Oberlin College community staged a protest in opposition to a plan which would eliminate 108 UAW custodial and dining jobs. The protest, consisting of roughly over 800 people, took place during an Oberlin College faculty meeting. Read more on Morning Journal >>>

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800 members of the Oberlin College community staged a protest in opposition to a plan which would eliminate 108 UAW custodial and dining jobs.

The protest, consisting of roughly over 800 people, took place during an Oberlin College faculty meeting.

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Share your story about the late UAW President Emeritus Owen Bieber https://uaw.org/share-story-late-uaw-president-emeritus-owen-bieber/ Wed, 19 Feb 2020 19:01:07 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=28008 Owen Bieber touched the lives of many during his career, including many UAW members and their families. During his 12 years leading the world’s most powerful union that was 1.1 million members strong, he had a hand in supporting struggles for human rights from Africa to Eastern Europe, and advising President Bill Clinton on labor

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Owen Bieber touched the lives of many during his career, including many UAW members and their families. During his 12 years leading the world’s most powerful union that was 1.1 million members strong, he had a hand in supporting struggles for human rights from Africa to Eastern Europe, and advising President Bill Clinton on labor and economic issues.

Bieber’s work as a union leader went beyond rallies and negotiations. The UAW supported labor and civil rights movements with leaders across the globe, where the stakes were about more than higher wages. He is a leader that will be missed, but never forgotten. Do you have a story about Owen? We’d like to hear it!

 

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UAW IEB members remember President Emeritus Owen Bieber https://uaw.org/quotes-ieb-remember-bieber/ Tue, 18 Feb 2020 18:52:36 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=28002 President Rory L. Gamble: “Owen Bieber’s death is a loss for our union and all working people. He was a man of incredible leadership. He was not afraid of tough battles or taking a stand on controversial issues, ” said UAW president Rory L. Gamble. “He was not only a devoted trade unionist but a

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President Rory L. Gamble: “Owen Bieber’s death is a loss for our union and all working people. He was a man of incredible leadership. He was not afraid of tough battles or taking a stand on controversial issues, ” said UAW president Rory L. Gamble. “He was not only a devoted trade unionist but a social activist whose impact was felt around the world. Whether it was his support to end apartheid in South Africa or in Poland, Owen stood on the right side of history for the nation and the world. ”

Secretary-Treasurer Ray Curry: “The UAW and workers everywhere are saddened by the death of Owen Bieber and in debt to the great UAW president for standing up to power to defeat injustice, whether it was in the boardroom or the halls of political power in the U.S. or anywhere in the world. His legacy is a lasting lesson about the dignity of workers and the importance of standing by those who struggle for human rights anywhere in the world.”

Vice President Terry Dittes: “Owen Bieber’s legacy is strong because of his courage, plain and simple. Whether it was facing down company executives disrespecting workers, police who arrested him in South Africa while protesting apartheid, the Reagan administration’s Nicaraguan policies or anti-Solidarity officials working against him and Lech Walesa in Poland, he stood for the right path when it came to labor, civil and human rights. He will be missed and remembered.”

Vice President Cindy Estrada: “Owen Bieber’s death reminds us of the power of commitment to what’s right and just, the power of labor solidarity during collective bargaining, and the power of putting yourself and your beliefs on the line when facing an uphill battle here at home in factories and around the globe. Workers and those who believe in civil and human rights have broad shoulders to stand on thanks to Owen Bieber.”

Vice President Gerald Kariem: “We pay tribute to Owen Bieber, a man who led the UAW through turbulent times. He not only stood by workers when managers wanted to right the company ship on the backs of labor, he stood hand in hand with imprisoned and persecuted union activists and human rights advocates here in the U.S., in Europe and in South Africa. He was a model of trade unionism at its best and we thank him for his sacrifices.”

Region 1 Director Frank Stuglin: “UAW members in Region 1 salute the bravery and dedication of Owen Bieber, who showed us the importance of putting beliefs into action whether they be at the collective bargaining table advocating for workers facing wage cuts or facing down apartheid authorities in South Africa over the injustice of a brutal governing system.”

Region 1A Director Chuck Browning: “The entire membership of UAW Region 1A mourns the death of our great leader, Owen Bieber. He invoked the power of solidarity through his achievements in collective bargaining and by fighting against injustices throughout the world. President Bieber exemplified all that is good in our Union.”

Region 1D Director Steve Dawes: “Region 1D is the proud home region of Owen Bieber, a leader whose legacy is felt here in Region 1D and around the world. We thank him for his dedication to UAW members and workers around the globe. His death is a loss for us all.”

Region 2B Director Rich Rankin: “The death of Owen Bieber reminds us of the debt we owe him for his courage in standing up for the rights of workers during collective bargaining and for the civil and human rights of all people throughout the world, from the U.S. to Poland to South Africa.”

Region 4 Director Ron McInroy: “Owen Bieber was one of the greats. He negotiated historic contracts for this union. He cared about protecting members no matter if they belonged to the Big Three or small auto suppliers. He will be missed.”

Region 8 Director Mitchell Smith: “We were very fortunate to have a leader like Owen Bieber. Many years after retirement he remained beloved by members. It was always a special treat to have him attend a convention or conference. Everyone wanted a few minutes to thank him for his leadership.”

Region 9 Director Jeff Binz: “Owen was a courageous leader. He stood up against oppression in other parts of the world and it made a difference in lives across the globe. He will be remembered for his leadership and courage.”

Region 9A Director Beverley Brakeman: “It was under Bieber’s watch that the UAW merged with District 65, adding thousands to UAW‘s ranks from a diversity of sectors outside of auto. Owen’s vision is largely responsible for bringing in new members across the country, including legal services and legal aid attorneys and staff, university administrative professionals, freelance writers, academic and cultural institution workers, print and direct mail staff and more.  A leader ahead of his time, Bieber left the UAW a stronger union and for that he will always be remembered.  May he rest in power and peace.”

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UAW Mourns the Loss of President Emeritus Owen F. Bieber https://uaw.org/uaw-mourns-loss-president-emeritus-owen-f-bieber/ Mon, 17 Feb 2020 18:10:51 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=27958 The UAW International Executive Board is deeply saddened at the passing today of UAW beloved President Emeritus Owen F. Bieber at age 90. “Owen Bieber’s death is a loss for our union and all working people. He was a man of incredible leadership. He was not afraid of tough battles or taking a stand on

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The UAW International Executive Board is deeply saddened at the passing today of UAW beloved President Emeritus Owen F. Bieber at age 90.

“Owen Bieber’s death is a loss for our union and all working people. He was a man of incredible leadership. He was not afraid of tough battles or taking a stand on controversial issues,” said UAW President Rory L. Gamble. “He was not only a devoted trade unionist but a social activist whose impact was felt around the world. Whether it was his support to end apartheid in South Africa or in Poland, Owen stood on the right side of history for the nation and the world.”

Bieber served from May 19, 1983 to June 15, 1995 as the union’s seventh president.

Bieber, the son of Albert F. and Minnie (Schwartz) Bieber, was born in North Dorr, Mich. on Dec. 28, 1929. After graduating from Catholic grade school and high school in 1948, he went to work at McInerney Spring and Wire Company in nearby Grand Rapids, the same auto supply plant where his father worked. In 1939 he co-founded UAW Local 687, the first UAW local in the Grand Rapids city limits. His first job was bending by hand the thick border wire on car seats. A year later, at age 19, Bieber’s co-workers elected him Local 687’s shop steward. By 1955 he was elected to the local bargaining committee and was involved in talks on local plant issues. In 1956 he was elected local president. Bieber, a devoted Democrat, also worked on behalf of Sen. John Kennedy’s campaign for the U.S. presidency in 1960.

In 1972 Bieber was appointed director of UAW Region 1D, a position he held until 1980, when he was elected vice president. Bieber served as director of the union’s General Motors (GM) Department, the union’s largest department with more than 400,000 members.

Bieber was elected UAW president in 1983 during the union’s 27th Constitutional Convention in Dallas. He succeeded Douglas Fraser and served four consecutive terms.

He is credited with diversifying the UAW by inviting new members from areas outside of industrial sectors, including public and private employers.  Active in the Democratic Party, he became a political force, advocating for working people on legislative issues and contributed to bringing President Bill Clinton into the White House.

He was vocal on legislation pertaining to national and international trade and the reformation of health care. On an international level, he led the first trade unionist delegation to visit China, meeting with Deng Xiaoping to acknowledge International Labor Day.

International solidarity and global justice
His presidency continued the union’s legacy of supporting labor and civil rights movements and leaders across the globe, where the stakes were about more than higher wages.

One of those leaders was Lech Walesa, the shipyard electrician and member of the labor movement ‘Solidarity’ who rose to challenge Communism in Poland. Walesa received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983 and was elected president of Poland in 1990.

During the 1980s and under Bieber’s leadership, the union provided financial support to keep Solidarity afloat, paying for printing presses that were smuggled into Poland so the union could get its message out. The union increased its support after the Communist government tried to crush the movement by destroying its offices.

Anti-apartheid
Bieber traveled to South Africa twice, including once in 1986 as a member of a State Department advisory committee under Secretary of State George Schultz. The committee recommended sanctions to pressure the South African government to replace apartheid with a nonracial, democratic system.

Bieber traveled separate from the others as the only union member of the group. He said he traveled apart so he could talk to people who might be suspicious of the group’s motivations. One of his main goals was to check on labor activist Moses Mayekiso, a leader with the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, who was imprisoned for leading a rent boycott. Mayekiso had been put in solitary confinement for nine months and charged with treason, which was punishable by death. Bieber and others raised the international profile of Mayekiso’s case and the activist was eventually acquitted.

While in South Africa and at the request of a trio of Yale professors, Bieber captured more evidence of the real impact of apartheid when he smuggled images out of the country showing the scarred bodies of people in South Africa who had challenged the country’s apartheid government.

Bieber and the UAW so passionately fought against the brutally discriminatory system in South Africa that when Nelson Mandela toured the United States after his release from prison in 1990, he insisted on celebrating with UAW Local 600. During that trip, Bieber stood at Mandela’s side at a rally at Tiger Stadium in Detroit where the South African leader again thanked the UAW and the 45,000 people who had gathered at the stadium.

During his 2003 visit to Grand Rapids, Archbishop Desmond Tutu singled out Bieber for his years of calling attention to the horrors of apartheid. Bieber was arrested when he marched with Tutu at the South African embassy in Washington in 1986.

“We came asking for help, and you gave that help and accomplished this extraordinary thing,” Tutu said.

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UAW-FCA Caravan Ratifies Tentative Agreement https://uaw.org/uaw-fca-caravan-ratifies-tentative-agreement/ Fri, 14 Feb 2020 20:36:33 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=27948 The UAW-FCA Caravan membership has ratified a Tentative Agreement with 74% of members voting in favor. These janitorial workers help to ensure a clean, safe and efficient work site and the UAW is proud to help them bargain a fair contract. Below is a letter from UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada celebrating the ratification of

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The UAW-FCA Caravan membership has ratified a Tentative Agreement with 74% of members voting in favor. These janitorial workers help to ensure a clean, safe and efficient work site and the UAW is proud to help them bargain a fair contract. Below is a letter from UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada celebrating the ratification of the agreement:

 

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Region 1D Delegates Elect Steve Dawes Regional Director https://uaw.org/region-1d-delegates-elect-steve-dawes-regional-director/ Thu, 13 Feb 2020 16:39:35 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=27940 Flint Truck and AC Spark Plug Veteran to Lead UAW in 73 MI Counties FLINT – Michigan Delegates from UAW locals in 73 counties met in Flint today to select a successor to long-time Regional Director Gerald Kariem, who became a UAW Vice President in January. Delegates selected Steve Dawes, a veteran spot welder from

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Flint Truck and AC Spark Plug Veteran to Lead UAW in 73 MI Counties

FLINT – Michigan Delegates from UAW locals in 73 counties met in Flint today to select a successor to long-time Regional Director Gerald Kariem, who became a UAW Vice President in January.

Delegates selected Steve Dawes, a veteran spot welder from the Flint Assembly Plant with a long history of service to the union. Dawes has been an Assistant Director since 2010 and helped steer the merger between Regions 1C and 1D in 2014.

“Brother Dawes brings to the table vast experience in contract negotiations and a deep understanding of the region,” said Rory Gamble, President of the UAW. “His work with Vice President Kariem to merge the cultures of both Region 1C and 1D helped create a strong, vibrant, combined Region. He brings to the table, experience, knowledge and a deep sense of history.”

In fact, Dawes played a major role in the development, construction, and upkeep of the Sit-Down Memorial located at the Flint office. “Every time I pull into the Regional Office, I have a living reminder of the sacrifice, solidarity, tenacity and guts that impacts our contracts and our standard of living today,” said Dawes. “It is an honor to be elected, but it is especially an honor to be a leader of this historic region where the Flint sit-down strike built the foundation of America’s middle class. It is a legacy and responsibility we will bring to every contract negotiation.”

Region 1D covers 73 Michigan counties representing Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and the central, western, and northern portions of the Lower Peninsula.

Dawes began his career in 1978 at the Flint Truck Assembly Plant as a spot welder, a job he worked at until he was hired on as an apprentice toolmaker at AC Spark Plug in 1984. He was a dedicated member of UAW Local 651 and was elected as a Skilled Trades Committeeperson in 1989.

In 1999, he was elected UAW Local 651 vice president and delegate to the UAW Constitutional Convention. Shortly into his term of vice president, Dawes took over as UAW Local 651 president. He was re-elected as president in 2002.

In 2004, he was appointed to the Region 1C International staff by UAW President Ron Gettelfinger at the request of Region 1C Director Bob Roth. He was assigned as a servicing representative in the Flint and Lansing areas.

He and his wife Shane have been blessed with four children, Lindsey, Zach, Tabatha and Taylor, as well as two little bundles of joy, Gavin and Rylee.

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Statement of UAW President Rory Gamble on U.S. House Passage of the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act (H.R. 2474) https://uaw.org/statement-uaw-president-rory-gamble-u-s-house-passage-protecting-right-organize-pro-act-h-r-2474/ Fri, 07 Feb 2020 13:59:36 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=27926 “Today is a good day for all working people. The Democratically controlled House of Representatives passed the PRO Act, legislation that goes a long way towards rebuilding our  middle class by increasing penalties against employers who violate workers’ rights to organize, protecting the right to strike, prohibiting captive audience meetings, and helping workers who choose

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“Today is a good day for all working people. The Democratically controlled House of Representatives passed the PRO Act, legislation that goes a long way towards rebuilding our  middle class by increasing penalties against employers who violate workers’ rights to organize, protecting the right to strike, prohibiting captive audience meetings, and helping workers who choose to form a union to secure a first contract.

It is legislation like the PRO ACT that will create an economy that works for all Americans instead of one that puts the interests of the 1% and multinational corporations above everyone else.

We must not forget that it was unions that created the middle class in this great nation of ours and improved working conditions for all Americans. No one knows that better than UAW members who have walked the picket lines, fought at the bargaining table, and stood strong in the halls of Congress to improve the quality of life for every American for decades.

Unfortunately, the ability of workers to come together and collectively bargain for workplace rights and better wages and benefits have been sabotaged by weak labor laws, anti-worker special interests, and misguided court rulings. Today we are fighting back to create a level playing field. This day is long overdue. And it has been for over a dozen years since the House of Representatives passed a single bill that would serve to ensure workers have a place at the bargaining table. In fact, it has been 85 years since our elected leaders in Washington passed labor laws that are good for working people.

It is now up to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to allow a vote on this bill and not have it languish, along with so many other good House-passed bills, that would raise wages and lower the cost of health care and prescription drugs.

I want to thank our delegates, many of whom went to Washington DC, this week to have their voice heard. And I want to thank working people everywhere who fought to make this day possible.

When we fight, we win.”

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UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada Director of the FCA Department Issues Profit Sharing Statement https://uaw.org/uaw-vice-president-cindy-estrada-director-fca-department-issues-profit-sharing-statement/ Thu, 06 Feb 2020 13:09:35 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=27921 “Through collective bargaining UAW members were able to bargain profit-sharing to adequately reflect their role in FCA US’ profitability. UAW FCA members make some of the best-selling quality products in America. Today’s eligible profit sharing amount of $7,280 per member, reflects that hard work, dedication and product success.”

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“Through collective bargaining UAW members were able to bargain profit-sharing to adequately reflect their role in FCA US’ profitability. UAW FCA members make some of the best-selling quality products in America. Today’s eligible profit sharing amount of $7,280 per member, reflects that hard work, dedication and product success.”

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2020 UAW Legislative Conference ends with an eye toward November https://uaw.org/2020-uaw-legislative-conference-ends-eye-toward-november/ Wed, 05 Feb 2020 20:41:59 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=27903 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the keynote speaker on the final day of the 2020 UAW Community Action Program (CAP) Conference, quoted Walter Reuther as saying, “We can make America the image of what it really stands for.” UAW members must help make that a reality in the 2020 elections, Pelosi added. “Are you ready to

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Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the keynote speaker on the final day of the 2020 UAW Community Action Program (CAP) Conference, quoted Walter Reuther as saying, “We can make America the image of what it really stands for.”

UAW members must help make that a reality in the 2020 elections, Pelosi added.

“Are you ready to make a decision to win?” she asked the delegates, who responded strongly in the affirmative.

The Speaker laid out the measures House Democrats have passed – or intend to soon pass — to make Reuther’s vision a reality, including measures to limit the influence of dark money on elections, lower prescription drug costs, increase infrastructure investment and protect the right to organize. The PRO Act, which was expected to be voted on Thursday, would go a long way to punish employers who act illegally during organizing drives.

“By passing the Pro Act, we will hold employers responsible for violating workers’ rights,” Speaker Pelosi said.

She also said the United States is at as critical time in its history. During the strife of the Revolutionary War, Thomas Payne wrote that “the times have found us.” With the impeachment of a lawless president who has dishonored the Constitution — and the Senate’s failure to act upon it — Americans face another critical juncture in the country’s future.

“There’s nothing that compares to this,” she stressed. “We face the times that have found us.”

Voting for a Democrat for president and flipping the Senate is the way to begin to fix America, she added. With CAP activists being the messenger of a better future for America, the serious problems the nation faces can at least be addressed.

“The times have found each and everyone of you,” she said.

Other speakers included two Ohio lawmakers who supported General Motors workers during last year’s  strike. They stressed that the same kind of commitment will be needed to make progress for working people.

U.S. Representative Tim Ryan (D-OH)

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, whose district includes the now shuttered GM Lordstown Assembly Plant, reminded delegates of the promise President Donald Trump made to UAW members when he told them not to sell their homes because he guaranteed that the plant would stay open. President Trump is trying to portray himself as a friend to workers.

“Are you freaking kidding me?” the nine-term representative from northeastern Ohio said.

President Trump is no friend to workers as evidenced by his support for anti-union federal judges and appointments to the National Labor Relations Board and his efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. Even his support for the new USMCA trade agreement did not have any protections for workers until labor-friendly lawmakers such as himself and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown demanded them. President Trump’s tax cut law blew a $2.3 trillion hole in the federal budget, a deficit he now wants to close by gutting Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

Rep. Ryan said UAW members need to remind everyone of the countless lies President Trump has made to the American people, particularly workers.

“This is our moment in time. We cannot back down,” Rep. Ryan said. “We have got to win this election. We have got to win the U.S. Senate so we can send [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell back to Kentucky.”

Senator Sherrod Brown

Sen. Brown told delegates that his Senate GOP colleagues will privately say they know President Trump is a liar and a racist but are afraid of him.

“The fear I see in the eyes of so many Republican senators – they just can’t stand up to him,” he said.

Winning the election will be difficult but it can be done by talking to voters one at a time and reminding them that President Trump has never had their best interests at heart.

“He’s betrayed the people you fight for every day,” Sen. Brown said.

U.S. Rep. Conor Lamb, a Democrat who represents Pennsylvania’s 17th congressional district, thanked UAW members for the support that helped him win a tight election in 2018 in a traditionally Republican district.

“We don’t have a lot of UAW members, but we had lots of UAW members come out and help us in our district to win a race by 700 votes out of 250,000 cast,” Rep. Lamb said. “People did think that the union movement was down and out, but I want to give credit where credit is due. Unions actually have it right about this thing called solidarity. It’s about people sticking together.”

U.S. Representative Connor Lamb

Rep. Lamb, who served on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2009-2013 and continues to serve

as a major in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, praised UAW members for their support of veteran’s issues. “You reached out to them giving them purpose and support and something to be proud of when they take the uniform off.”

Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer, who represents Iowa’s 1st congressional district, shared her gratitude for UAW support.

Rep. Finkenauer talked about running for office at age 28 with no money of her own, paying off student loans and up against “an opponent who could write himself a check for $500,000.” She said there were doors that were closed to her. “But what wasn’t closed was s a UAW union hall,” she said. “One of the things I know is that you never forget where you come from and who you fight for.”

Liz Watson, executive director of the Progressive Caucus Action Fund, told delegates that workers are beginning to once again realize that collective action. Work stoppages declined by 90 percent since the 1970s until a year ago. In 2018, 480,000 workers participated in a strike or other work stoppage. With the GM and Aramark strikes of 2019, those figures are likely to rise again. People are beginning to realize that the so-called economic boom has not made its way to them. The bottom half of the income spectrum only holds 1.6% of the nation’s wealth, she said.

“We know the truth is that the gains are being made for those at the top,” Watson said, adding that workers are realizing they must demand their fair share.

Panelists discusses the issues

“That’s the way it has always worked,” she said. “That’s the way it always will.”

The Wednesday session included a panel discussion on redistricting and apportionment of seats; barriers to voting such as ID requirements and voter purging; and outright disinformation about polling places.  Panelists included Julie Houk, managing counsel for Election Protection at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law;  Myrna Pérez,  director of the Brennan Center’s Voting Rights and Elections Program; and Hilary O. Shelton, senior vice president for Policy and Advocacy and director of the NAACP’s Washington Bureau.

Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP

Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP, cautioned that some groups will use the tool of race to divide people during this election and allowing race to divide during this election.

“The tool of race is targeted directly at the labor movement,” Johnson said. “Don’t allow the tools of race to cause us to turn on each other.”

He noted that many other organizations depend on the UAW’s involvement in democracy.

“Stay strong. Stay together. Stay focused. If we stick with those stays, we can make democracy work for us all.”

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Congresswoman Debbie Dingell Applauds the Work and Fortitude of UAW Women https://uaw.org/congresswoman-debbie-dingell-applauds-work-fortitude-uaw-women/ Wed, 05 Feb 2020 19:05:36 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=27892 The last day of the UAW Community Action Program Conference kicked off with a 7 a.m. Women’s Breakfast that drew about 500 UAW members to hear from Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada and UAW Region 9A Director Beverley Brakeman. The morning started with brief words from UAW Secretary-Treasurer Ray Curry, who welcomed

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The last day of the UAW Community Action Program Conference kicked off with a 7 a.m. Women’s Breakfast that drew about 500 UAW members to hear from Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada and UAW Region 9A Director Beverley Brakeman.

CAP Delegate’s Shirt

The morning started with brief words from UAW Secretary-Treasurer Ray Curry, who welcomed the group on behalf of UAW President Rory Gamble. He expressed appreciation to UAW women for their work and leadership.

The breakfast focused on the power of women in the union, the challenges they face,  and the importance of women and men making the union stronger through collaboration and mutual understanding.

Women are good leaders, in part, because women do things differently, Brakeman told the audience.

“Women are more likely to approach decisions more collaboratively. We know what it’s like to get paid less for the same work as men,” she said. “We know we have to work harder to prove ourselves.”

Brakeman talked about the challenges women face on the plant floor and on worksites every day. One way to address them is to encourage more women to be involved at all levels.

“Women want to be part of the solution,” said Brakeman, adding that the Region 9A membership has more women members than men.

“We have a lot of work to do,” said Estrada. “If we have a membership of 30% African Americans, then our leadership should reflect that. If we have 30% of Latinos, we should look for 30% of them as officers in our union and if we have 30% women, then 30% should be represented in leadership.”

The key, said Estrada, is to have “men and women working together on this.”

Vice President Cindy Estrada

Dingell encouraged the group to “stand up to the division” created by politicians and created on the plant floor. She also encouraged members to stand up against a political landscape that does not protect issues affecting working families such as health care and Medicare.

“Don’t ever not be proud to be part of the union. You have good wages because of good, decent people fighting for you,” Dingell said.

 

Photos by Doris Guilford, Local 167

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Statement by UAW Vice President Terry Dittes Director of the UAW GM Department on GM Profit Sharing https://uaw.org/statement-uaw-vice-president-terry-dittes-director-uaw-gm-department-gm-profit-sharing/ Wed, 05 Feb 2020 13:30:28 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=27883 “UAW General Motors workers throughout the strike last Fall said to the American public that they build quality vehicles that make excellent profits. Much was made about the cost of the strike, but consider the fact that even with a 40-day strike, General Motors North American made a significant profit.” “Through profit sharing on average

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“UAW General Motors workers throughout the strike last Fall said to the American public that they build quality vehicles that make excellent profits. Much was made about the cost of the strike, but consider the fact that even with a 40-day strike, General Motors North American made a significant profit.”

“Through profit sharing on average UAW GM members will make $8,000 in profit sharing all through the collective bargaining process.”

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UAW Members take their message to Capitol Hill https://uaw.org/uaw-members-take-message-capitol-hill/ Tue, 04 Feb 2020 23:40:14 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=27865 On Tuesday, more than 1,000 UAW members from around the country, including Puerto Rico, spent the day on Capitol Hill meeting with their members of Congress. The members are attending a four-day UAW Community Action Program conference which focuses on the 2020 elections, international trade, job creation and other issues of importance to working families.

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On Tuesday, more than 1,000 UAW members from around the country, including Puerto Rico, spent the day on Capitol Hill meeting with their members of Congress. The members are attending a four-day UAW Community Action Program conference which focuses on the 2020 elections, international trade, job creation and other issues of importance to working families.

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Time for a check-up … How is labor faring under this administration and Congress? https://uaw.org/time-check-labor-faring-administration-congress/ Tue, 04 Feb 2020 23:28:58 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=27766 As we head full swing into the 2020 Presidential Election year, let’s take a hard look at how the men and women of the United States labor force have fared under this administration. Social Security in danger of cuts: Federal worker pensions have been targeted to offset deficit-inflating tax cuts for the wealthiest of Americans.

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As we head full swing into the 2020 Presidential Election year, let’s take a hard look at how the men and women of the United States labor force have fared under this administration.

Social Security in danger of cuts:

  • Federal worker pensions have been targeted to offset deficit-inflating tax cuts for the wealthiest of Americans.
  • Social Security benefit rules are changing to encourage workers to retire later, meaning an aging workforce with increased medical needs.
  • Many employers are increasing retiree costs for health care or phasing out coverage altogether.
  • Medicare isn’t available until age 65 and doesn’t cover all medical costs. 

Health care and insurance in danger of cuts:

  • Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are under attack. Republicans in Congress have steadfastly opposed the ACA and have attempted to eliminate, weaken or repeal it more than 100 times.
  • ACA’s navigator programs — which raise awareness about the availability of marketplace plans, help people apply for federal subsidies, and provide information about plan options — have been cut by nearly 84 percent.
  • Conservatives in Washington continue to try to chip away at the ACA. Eliminating the current ACA would result in:
    1. 20 million Americans losing their health insurance and 135 million Americans with pre-existing conditions stripped of their protections.
    2. Premiums increasing for millions more.
    3. Insurance companies not covering the costs of prescription drugs.
    4. Seniors paying more for prescription drugs because the Medicare donut hole would be reopened. Medicaid expansion would be gone.
    5. Free wellness exams and contraception would be gone.
    6. Individuals and families getting financial support through a tax credit to afford coverage would lose those credits.
    7. Young people would no longer be able to stay on their parents plan until age 26.

Prescription drug costs in danger of continued high costs:

  • To fight the rising costs of prescription drugs, H.R. 3 was introduced by Democrats to establish a fair price negotiation program, protect the Medicare program from excessive price increases, and establish an out-of-pocket maximum in some plans. It limits the outrageous prices charged by the powerful pharmaceutical corporations.
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) has publicly said the HR3 will not be considered in the Senate.
  • An alternative measure, HR 19, was created by Republican legislation: The “Lower Costs, More Cures” legislation still allows drug corporations to continue to set prices high, including faster than inflation for Medicare patients.
  • Under this bill, the out-of-pocket limit is 50 percent higher than in the Lower Drug Costs Now Act (H.R. 3). The UAW has fully support this initiative, along with dozens of other unions.
  • Right now, U.S. citizens pay more for prescription drugs than any similar countries around the world. From 2012 to 2016, insulin costs nearly doubled, although insulin has been on the market for almost 100 years. Usually prices go down with longevity, not up.
  • Then, in 2018, nearly 28 million Americans watched the cost of their medications rise while pharmaceutical companies benefited from huge tax breaks.

Wages stagnant and low wage vulnerable:

 Some would like to say the economy is humming along beautifully, however, from the Brookings Institute November 2019 Report, there is “a vast segment of workers today earning wages low enough to leave their livelihood and families extremely vulnerable”:

  • 53 million Americans between the ages of 18 to 64 — accounting for 44 percent of all workers — qualify as “low-wage.” Their median hourly wages are $10.22, and median annual earnings are about $18,000.
  • According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, the 10 occupations with most projected job openings through 2028 pay wages below the median for all occupations
  • Despite the rise of wages, when factoring in inflation, real wage growth has actually fallen 9 percent since 2006.

Trade stagnant and requires policing of agreements:

The administration’s United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) is not a “fix” for the many problems created by NAFTA. Experts say:

  • According to an analysis by the U.S. International Trade Commission, USMCA will create just 51,000 new jobs in manufacturing, mining and farming over the next six years. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) predicts actual loses in the auto sector.
  • Proponents say it requires auto workers to have a minimum salary of $16 an hour. In fact, this wage is an average and companies’ intent on keeping business as usual will go through great lengths to keep wages down and jobs in Mexico.
  • As it stands, USMCA will do nothing to discourage companies from shipping jobs across the border.

Job security in peril:

  • In auto manufacturing, it is not unusual to find that 40 percent or more of the workforce is employed by a temporary agency.
  • Not only do employers fill many positions that were once good-paying jobs with temps, temporary workers have no voice on the job, don’t benefit from collective bargaining, have few or no rights at work and no job protection.
  • Although the economy is “expanding”, real wage growth has not kept pace with worker productivity, and union density is just 6.5 percent in the private sector and 10.7 percent overall.

NLRB and judicial appointments chip away at worker rights and safety:

  • Since the 2016 election, there have been several concerning anti-labor appointees to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the government agency that enforces labor law as it relates to collective bargaining and unfair labor practice charges, such as officials like William Emanuel, a labor lawyer at the notorious anti-worker law firm Littler Mendelson.
  • At the same time, anti-labor justices have been confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court and three precedent-setting Supreme Court decisions have weakened unions, the ability to collectively bargain and to hold corporations accountable for unfair labor practices, and other anti-labor tactics. These include:
    • The nomination of Eugene Scalia as U.S. Secretary of Labor.
    • The appointment of Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh, who rejects the right of workers to receive employer-provided health care and supports employers in denying employees relief from workplace discrimination;
    • Supporting Justice Neil Gorsuch, who supported the labor arbitration ruling this May (ruling that companies can use arbitration clauses in employment contracts to prohibit workers from filing joint class action lawsuits) and the Janus case in June 2018 (which states that public employees do not have to pay fees to unions to cover the costs of collective bargaining).
  • Continuously selecting conservative federal judges across the country at an alarming rate — all of whom have lifetime appointments to make critical decisions affecting the lives of the American people.

So, as you can see … UAW brothers and sisters — and the general U.S. population — are NOT faring well under this anti-middle class Washington agenda.

 

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Statement From UAW Vice President Gerald Kariem Director of the UAW Ford Department https://uaw.org/statement-uaw-vice-president-gerald-kariem-director-uaw-ford-department/ Tue, 04 Feb 2020 21:33:08 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=27854 “UAW Ford members negotiate profit-sharing in their contracts so that they can share in the success of the company and its profits. Today’s announcement is a testament to UAW Ford members’ hard work and the great products that they make.”

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“UAW Ford members negotiate profit-sharing in their contracts so that they can share in the success of the company and its profits. Today’s announcement is a testament to UAW Ford members’ hard work and the great products that they make.”

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Tell Congress: Support the PRO Act – H.R. 2474 https://uaw.org/tell-congress-support-pro-act-h-r-2474/ Tue, 04 Feb 2020 13:04:27 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=27831 Right now, Congress has a critical opportunity to strengthen workers’ rights supported by the UAW. The Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, H.R. 2474, which would give millions of America’s workers additional protections to organize and negotiate for better pay and benefits, and a voice on the job. The U.S. House of Representatives will

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Right now, Congress has a critical opportunity to strengthen workers’ rights supported by the UAW.

The Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, H.R. 2474, which would give millions of America’s workers additional protections to organize and negotiate for better pay and benefits, and a voice on the job.

The U.S. House of Representatives will vote next week on this crucial piece of legislation. But greedy CEOs will do everything they can to oppose working people standing together.

Can you make a call right now to tell your representative to pass the PRO Act?

It’s no secret that the right to form a union is under attack. “Right to work” laws are spreading, while wages have stagnated. More than ever, we need our lawmakers to stand up for working people’s rights—that’s where the PRO Act comes in. It would:

  • Penalize employers who violate workers’ right to organize.
  • Help workers secure a first contract.
  • Protect workers who go on strike.
  • Close loopholes that allow companies to misclassify workers as independent contractors.

Working people deserve the right to organize and demand living wages, safe workspaces and good benefits—and it’s up to our members of Congress to protect and strengthen that right. Call your representative and tell them to stand up for working families and pass the PRO Act!

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CAP delegates prepare for Tuesday Hill visits https://uaw.org/cap-delegates-prepare-tuesday-hill-visits/ Mon, 03 Feb 2020 23:13:38 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=27847 The work for CAP activists on their visit to House lawmakers on Tuesday will be to lobby them on key UAW priorities, including: Fighting for good jobs: Since 1978, college tuition has increased by 1,120%, medical costs are up 601%, food has increased by 244%, and shelter is up by 360%. Over the same period,

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The work for CAP activists on their visit to House lawmakers on Tuesday will be to lobby them on key UAW priorities, including:

Fighting for good jobs: Since 1978, college tuition has increased by 1,120%, medical costs are up 601%, food has increased by 244%, and shelter is up by 360%. Over the same period, wages for typical workers rose just 10%, wages for minimum wage workers dropped by 5.5%, and the pay of the average CEO skyrocketed by 937%.

Stopping the offshoring of U.S. jobs: Lawmakers should eliminate the tax break that companies receive for moving jobs overseas. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) incentivized companies to outsource jobs overseas.

Fighting economic inequality: TCJA’s backers promised that it would spur corporate investment and the benefits would trickle down to workers. The reality is that in 2020 more than 70% of the benefit goes to the richest 20% of people. The richest 1% get an average tax cut of $50,000, 75 times more than the average tax cut for the bottom 80%, which is $645.

“The concentration of wealth in this country is worse than it has been in 100 years,” Nassar said.

In the Senate, CAP activists will ask senators to:

Address health care/retirement income issues: President Trump in 2015 vowed not to cut Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Last month, he said cuts to “entitlements” will be considered. Activists will also ask senators to address the high cost of prescription drugs by passing H.R. 3, The Lower Drug Costs Now Act that passed the House and has not been considered by the Senate.

CAP activists will ask both chambers to:

Improve labor rights: Lawmakers will be asked to support the PRO Act, and the Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act. The PRO Act holds union-busting bosses accountable, safeguards the right to strike, prohibits captive audience meetings and repeals so-called “right-to-work” laws. The Trump administration has also rolled back many labor regulations important to workers, including salaried overtime standards, workplace injury rules and numerous health and safety standards. The House is expected to vote on the legislation this week. The Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act seeks to undo the disastrous Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME, which undermined public-sector workers in their fight for decent pay and fair workplaces. The legislation would guarantee every public service employee in every state has the freedom to stand together and negotiate for fair wages and working conditions.

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UAW Legislative Conference Delegates Honor the Past; Focus on the Future https://uaw.org/uaw-legislative-conference-delegates-honor-past-focus-future/ Mon, 03 Feb 2020 23:08:54 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=27836 The UAW’s 2020 Community Action Program (CAP) Conference opened its second day with a moving video tribute to Black History Month, and the powerful relationship between the civil rights and labor movements. Thea Lee, president of the Economic Policy Institute shared a message that connected economic inequality with the past three decades of injustice and

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The UAW’s 2020 Community Action Program (CAP) Conference opened its second day with a moving video tribute to Black History Month, and the powerful relationship between the civil rights and labor movements.

Thea Lee, president of the Economic Policy Institute shared a message that connected economic inequality with the past three decades of injustice and crippling inequalities for working families. “The economy is less fair… not morally fair,” Lee said. “CEO pay at the top firms have risen 1,000% since 1979, while working families have seen a 12% increase and some families are working two or three jobs to afford health care, education and housing.

“Ninety percent of the people in this country are working harder. This is not a healthy economy for working families and it’s our job to figure out what to do next,” Lee said.

UAW Legislative Director Josh Nassar

Josh Nassar, the UAW’s legislative director, gave delegates an overview of what happened in the first session of the 116th Congress and what the union will be fighting for this year. The House has passed many bills on a wide array of issues that benefit working families.

“These are bills that passed the House and we supported each and every one of them,” Nassar said. “So, what has the Senate done about it?”

More than 400 bills passed by the House have been held up by the Senate GOP leadership. Instead, the Senate has spent a great deal of its time in the first session ramming through anti-worker judges that President Trump nominated for the federal bench.

Nassar noted that the union will be closely monitoring the new USMCA trade agreement and remains leery of the hype surrounding it and its promised 250,000 added jobs in the auto sector.

“There is absolutely no data to support this,” Nassar said. “Plants are not going to be coming back from Mexico because of this agreement. That’s just not going to happen.”

Jon Cawthorne, dean of the Wayne State University Library System

Jon Cawthorne, dean of the Library System and School of Information Services at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, talked about the university’s Walter P. Reuther Library. The Reuther Library is the largest labor archive in North America and is home to the collections of numerous unions and labor-related organizations.

CAP delegates also heard from Victor Reuther, Walter Reuther’s grandson, who announced that the Walter Reuther Humanitarian Award recipient is Congressman John Lewis, D-Georgia, a civil rights icon. Lewis, who was beaten at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, in 1965 on what is known as Bloody Sunday, was honored for his life’s work. He organized sit-ins, braved violence and was severely injured by police during the historic march in Alabama. He continued that work as a lawmaker,  and is often referred to as “the conscience of Congress.”

Victor Reuther, grandson of Walter P. Reuther

“It’s no wonder John Lewis has been called the soul of the civil rights movement,” Reuther added. “Indeed, he has been a fierce guardian of our democracy.”

UAW National CAP Director Melvin Coleman

The day also paid tribute to the voices of women with a video featuring UAW women throughout the union. UAW CAP Director Melvin Coleman noted that “UAW women have made huge impacts in this organization, this country and their communities.”

The morning session ended with a panel discussion focused on seeing emerging technology as an opportunity to create good quality jobs with benefits for future generations.

Panelists included Zoe Lipman, director of the Vehicles and Advanced Transportation Program based in the BlueGreen Alliance D.C. office; Jeff Faber of the UAW National Ford Department; Steve Beers, a staff member in the UAW Research Department; and Adrian Deveny, the lead energy and environmental policy adviser to Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer.

From left: Adrian Deveny, Senator Chuck Schumer’s office; Steve Beers, UAW Research Department; Jeff Faber, UAW Ford Department; Zoe Lipman, BlueGreen Alliance; Josh Nassar, UAW Legislative Director (Photo by Bob Smith, UAW Local 167

That transition to AVs and EVs includes making sure labor policies regarding charging infrastructure, consumer incentives, manufacturing investments and public fleet procurements all involve domestic production and quality jobs, Beers told delegates.

Faber stressed the need to find ways to make sure that developing technologies for electric and autonomous vehicles does not result in massive job losses.

Lipman emphasized that technology to build electric and autonomous vehicles should include environmental productions.

Deveny told the group, “We want to make sure we bring back jobs first where jobs have been lost such as Lordstown,” he said, referring to the recent closure of a General Motors plant in Lordstown, Ohio.

The morning session ended with another reflection on Black History month and the work of UAW members and Martin Luther King.

“Let us always remember the work of Dr. King, and so many in this union, who sustained and changed America as a nation and our world,” said Coleman. “We should all be proud of the UAW’s role in this pivotal moment of our nation’s history.”

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More than 1,000 attend UAW legislative conference in D.C.; prepare to hit Capitol Hill on Tuesday https://uaw.org/1000-attend-uaw-legislative-conference-d-c-prepare-hit-capitol-hill-tuesday/ Mon, 03 Feb 2020 02:18:16 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=27824 More than 1,000 UAW members and attendees, including members from Puerto Rico, gathered in Washington D.C., today to launch the start of the 2020 UAW National Community Action Program (CAP) Conference. The four-day conference theme is “Fighting for Tomorrow-Preparing Today” and will highlight the UAW’s legislative and political priorities for 2020. This year’s conference, said

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More than 1,000 UAW members and attendees, including members from Puerto Rico, gathered in Washington D.C., today to launch the start of the 2020 UAW National Community Action Program (CAP) Conference.

The four-day conference theme is “Fighting for Tomorrow-Preparing Today” and will highlight the UAW’s legislative and political priorities for 2020. This year’s conference, said CAP Director Melvin Coleman, will focus on the 2020 elections, international trade, job creation and other issues of importance to working families.

Vice President Terry Dittes

This week, members will gather information, plan and strategize during workshops on current policy issues. They’ll also hear from a range of speakers from the nation’s capital, including elected officials, labor leaders and political activists. On Tuesday, they will head to Capitol Hill to meet with their members of Congress.

Conference speaker Nikki Ware, who leads the U.S. Census Bureau’s National Partnership Program, urged CAP delegates to make sure their fellow union brothers and sisters know how important it is for the bureau to have an accurate count in the 2020 census. The National Partnership Program is responsible for building and strengthening relationships with businesses, unions, and industries and organizations with national reach to increase awareness and participation in the 2020 Census through nationwide outreach efforts.

The census is used to determine the number of U.S. Representatives each state has by population. An undercount could mean some states may have their congressional delegations reduced and impact their ability to win their fair share of federal funding and services. The census is also used by businesses to determine where operations should expand, where hospitals should be located, and for numerous other purposes.

Ware said minorities, LGBTQ, lower-income and other populations are undercounted and it partners with organizations such as labor unions to relay the message how important the census is to their lives.

“You are the trusted voice,” Ware told delegates.

Census officials expect 60% of the count to be online, with the remainder done by phone, mail and home visits.

Region 9A Director Beverley Brakeman

Delegates also heard from Region 9A Director Beverley Brakeman, who said Puerto Rico, which is a part of her region and has 5,000 UAW members, is reeling from two recent major earthquakes. The island, she said, is still reeling from 2017’s Hurricane Maria.

People are sleeping in the streets because they are concerned about the structural integrity of their homes. “The effects have been felt over the entire island,” Brakeman said. “Our members in Puerto Rico are scared and they need our help.”

In the best tradition of the UAW, members took up a collection to help those in need. Delegates raised $6,100 for UAW members in Puerto Rico dealing with the storm disasters.

UAW Secretary-Treasurer Ray Curry delivered the keynote address as President Rory Gamble was unable to attend the conference due to health issues.

UAW Secretary-Treasurer Ray Curry

“Now we all know that we’ve got a big job ahead of us this election year,” Curry told the group. “And we’re going to spend this week getting ready to take on those anti-worker forces that would like to take us backward, that would seek to take away everything we’ve fought for over decades of struggles and victories for the working men and women of this country.”

Curry emphasized the union’s strengths and encouraged members to remember the power of the union and what it has accomplished.

“So, as you get ready to take the power of the UAW to Capitol Hill this week, know that we are fighting, as always, for our way of life and for every working man and woman in this country. And when we stand together, WE WIN!”

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Unions Put America First and Goal https://uaw.org/unions-put-america-first-goal/ Sat, 01 Feb 2020 21:47:48 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=27792 Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time for Super Bowl LIV. The big game matches the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers and marks the first time these two have met in a Super Bowl. So how will the big game turn out? I’ve got the answer already. Because of the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) and the collective bargaining

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Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time for Super Bowl LIV. The big game matches the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers and marks the first time these two have met in a Super Bowl. So how will the big game turn out? I’ve got the answer already. Because of the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) and the collective bargaining they have put into place, the men and women who represent both teams in jobs on the field and off, win. As does America.

Before the guys clash helmets on the field, I want to talk a little bit about how critical union representation is for anyone who gets up and goes to work every day. And, regardless of where you report to work — whether it’s on a football field, behind a desk, in a factory, at a casino, in a classroom, in a bookstore, at the post office, in a museum — having a union means that your rights are protected.

Giving Solidarity the ball

Union representation assures that the terms of the collective bargaining agreement are met; that negotiating retirement and insurance benefits are bargained for; that member services and activities are provided; that health and safety standards are put in place and followed; that workers are paid a fair wage and have a voice in their workplace. And by the way, our union brothers and sisters are the backbone of their communities, providing assistance and support to charitable and community organizations across this country.

I believe that every worker, in every job, should have those rights and protections. And a lot of people agree with me. In fact, approval ratings for unions is at a 50-year high. I think we saw clear evidence of that this past fall during the history-making strike against General Motors. All of us, standing up to this massive, powerful, multi-billion-dollar company. But all that money and all that power was no match for my union brothers and sisters who stood in Solidarity and ultimately drove into the end zone with a victory.

That’s the power of Solidarity, of working men and women standing strong together. Support poured in from across this nation and around the world, and our NFLPA brothers and sisters were right there alongside us. From my own seat here at the UAW, I can’t thank the pro-union NFL players enough who turned up on our picket lines and stood with the nearly 50,000 of us in front of plants across this country, marching with us in the heat, the cold and the rain for fair wages and a fair contract. And just as we have in the past, the UAW will be there to support the NFLPA in 2021 as they enter into their bargaining.

Marching America down the field

That’s what it’s all about. Standing together to protect our right to collectively bargain and have representation in the workplace. And, make no mistake, when we stand together, we win. But the forces working against us and the right to collectively bargain are fierce, formidable and with a game plan all their own. Corporations and the politicians they have working for them will stop at nothing to erode union representation and make it more and more difficult to organize. Our strength is our Solidarity.

For working men and women, the game is always the same. We take the field against management and the companies who put profits ahead of the very people who make them profitable. As in football, ours too is a game of inches, and we fight for every single one of them. So, like I say, I already know who the winners are in the 2020 Super Bowl. (I am not claiming that to know what Kansas City might bring and what the 49ers might have planned to stop them!) I’m just saying, I know the winning job unions have done for all of us on whatever field we play on or whatever game we’re playing.

(It should be a good matchup — and know that you’ve got Union Labor on both benches that all of America will be rooting for.)

 

Originally published at Black Press USA >>>

 

 

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UAW Members Head to Nation’s Capital for CAP Conference https://uaw.org/uaw-members-head-nations-capital-cap-conference/ Fri, 31 Jan 2020 22:18:59 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=27760 Hundreds of UAW members are gathering in Washington D.C. Sunday, Feb. 2 through Wednesday, Feb. 5, for the 2020 National Community Action Program (CAP) Conference. The four-day conference theme is “Fighting for Tomorrow-Preparing Today” and will highlight the UAW’s legislative and political priorities for 2020. This year’s conference will focus on the 2020 elections, international

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Hundreds of UAW members are gathering in Washington D.C. Sunday, Feb. 2 through Wednesday, Feb. 5, for the 2020 National Community Action Program (CAP) Conference.

The four-day conference theme is “Fighting for Tomorrow-Preparing Today” and will highlight the UAW’s legislative and political priorities for 2020. This year’s conference will focus on the 2020 elections, international trade, job creation and other issues of importance to working families.

Members will gather information, plan and strategize during workshops on current policy issues. They’ll also hear from a range of speakers from the nation’s capital, including elected officials, labor leaders and political activists. They will also head to Capitol Hill to meet with their members of Congress. Follow the conference on UAW.org CAP Conference Page, Facebook, and on Twitter, hashtag #UAWCAP.

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UAW Executive Board Files Article 31 Charges to Expel Former Officers and Staff Who Have Been Convicted of Criminal and Unethical Conduct https://uaw.org/uaw-executive-board-files-article-31-charges-expel-former-officers-staff-convicted-criminal-unethical-conduct/ Fri, 31 Jan 2020 19:49:53 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=27788 Action Would Expel Eight UAW Officials from Membership Detroit – The UAW’s International Executive Board filed charges Friday under Article 31 of the UAW Constitution against former Vice Presidents Joseph Ashton and Norwood Jewell, along with former UAW International Representatives Edward “Nick” Robinson, Nancy Johnson, Jeffrey Pietrzyk, Michael Grimes, Keith Mickens, and Virdell King, seeking

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Action Would Expel Eight UAW Officials from Membership

Detroit – The UAW’s International Executive Board filed charges Friday under Article 31 of the UAW Constitution against former Vice Presidents Joseph Ashton and Norwood Jewell, along with former UAW International Representatives Edward “Nick” Robinson, Nancy Johnson, Jeffrey Pietrzyk, Michael Grimes, Keith Mickens, and Virdell King, seeking to expel them from membership in the UAW.

The Article 31 charges, signed unanimously by every member of the International Executive Board, assert that these officers and staff engaged in serious misconduct in violation of the law and the Ethical Practices Code of the UAW Constitution.

“Any UAW member who uses their position to break the law or blatantly violates the sacred oath they took to faithfully serve our members will be subject to removal from their post and expulsion from our union,” said President Rory Gamble.  “My administration, and the entire Executive Board, will continue to hold accountable those who commit criminal conduct or serious violations of our Ethical Practices Code.  And we will continue to aggressively implement the critical reforms necessary to strengthen our union’s financial controls, oversight, and overall accounting system to ensure the type of conduct described in these charges will not reoccur.”

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UAW Local 402 Issues Statement About Navistar Production https://uaw.org/uaw-local-402-issues-statement-navistar-production/ Fri, 31 Jan 2020 14:37:58 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=27782 Leaders of UAW Local 402 in Springfield, Ohio where Navistar builds heavy trucks issued the following statement today: “Since September of this year, UAW Local 402 workers in Springfield have experienced over 300 layoffs and reduced truck production,” said Chris Blizzard, President of UAW Local 402. “At the same time, production of U.S. Postal Service

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Leaders of UAW Local 402 in Springfield, Ohio where Navistar builds heavy trucks issued the following statement today:

“Since September of this year, UAW Local 402 workers in Springfield have experienced over 300 layoffs and reduced truck production,” said Chris Blizzard, President of UAW Local 402. “At the same time, production of U.S. Postal Service Trucks has been shifted to Escobedo, Mexico. It’s flat out wrong and we thank UAW Region 2B Director Rich Rankin and UAW Secretary-Treasurer Ray Curry for pushing to return production to Springfield.”

Recently Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown also urged that production of the U.S. Postal Service trucks be returned to Springfield from Mexico.

“Here we are with politicians of both parties recognizing how wrong it is to shift our work to Mexico, yet under their watch production of U.S. Postal Service Trucks has been shifted away from laid off U.S. workers,” said Ed Zirkle, Chairman of UAW Local 402. “U.S. Mail should be delivered by trucks made by U.S. workers. We hope politicians of both parties in Washington will help fix this and put our members back to work.”

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UAW Statement on Signing of the USMCA https://uaw.org/uaw-statement-signing-usmca/ Wed, 29 Jan 2020 18:36:17 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=27739 “With the stroke of a pen, the long awaited “new NAFTA” or USMCA is now law. UAW members know far too well that trade agreements have not delivered the job security protections promised. That is why the UAW will be vigilant in monitoring this agreement, its implementation and the overall goal of protecting U.S. jobs

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“With the stroke of a pen, the long awaited “new NAFTA” or USMCA is now law. UAW members know far too well that trade agreements have not delivered the job security protections promised. That is why the UAW will be vigilant in monitoring this agreement, its implementation and the overall goal of protecting U.S. jobs and creating more of them.

We will be watching. We will be aggressive in pushing for enforcement of provisions. And we are under no illusion that this revised agreement alone will restore America’s middle-class manufacturing base.

USMCA will not bring back the hundreds of thousands of good U.S. manufacturing jobs that have already been shipped to Mexico. Even under the rosiest of scenarios, it would only stem the tide. We need to invest in workers and fix our bad tax and labor laws to compete on a level field abroad and restore the good manufacturing jobs that built our middle class.”

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Statement of UAW Region 4 Director Ron McInroy on Ford Rivian Announcement https://uaw.org/statement-uaw-region-4-director-ron-mcinroy-ford-rivian-announcement/ Wed, 29 Jan 2020 16:39:07 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=27734 “There are a lot of skilled and talented workers around Normal, Illinois who will make for an excellent Rivian workforce and build a world class quality product. Given the UAW’s history in Normal and our history with Ford Motor Company, we look forward to these jobs returning and UAW members having the opportunity once again

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“There are a lot of skilled and talented workers around Normal, Illinois who will make for an excellent Rivian workforce and build a world class quality product. Given the UAW’s history in Normal and our history with Ford Motor Company, we look forward to these jobs returning and UAW members having the opportunity once again to organize and form their local union which has meant so much to that community. It’s a great day for our UAW members, UAW retirees and for the surrounding community.”

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Statement of UAW Vice President Terry Dittes on General Motors Hamtramck Announcement https://uaw.org/statement-uaw-vice-president-terry-dittes-general-motors-hamtramck-announcement/ Mon, 27 Jan 2020 15:30:50 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=27717 “General Motors announcement of new electric truck production at Hamtramck maintaining 2,200 UAW jobs, is a testament to the perseverance of our UAW members and UAW Region 1 under the direction of Frank Stuglin. Over 2,200 jobs and a new technology product will deliver job security and a bright economic future for UAW members for

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“General Motors announcement of new electric truck production at Hamtramck maintaining 2,200 UAW jobs, is a testament to the perseverance of our UAW members and UAW Region 1 under the direction of Frank Stuglin. Over 2,200 jobs and a new technology product will deliver job security and a bright economic future for UAW members for decades to come at Hamtramck.”

 

 

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Labor Voices: New NAFTA Is a Start, but Bringing Back Jobs Will Require More https://uaw.org/labor-voices-new-nafta-start-bringing-back-jobs-will-require/ Wed, 22 Jan 2020 15:34:15 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=27701 Overhauling the North American Free Trade Act may have been a start, but the work has just begun. We will need to be diligent to make sure Mexico fully implements its labor law reforms and puts an end to company unions and sham contracts. We will be there every step of the way to try to

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Overhauling the North American Free Trade Act may have been a start, but the work has just begun.

We will need to be diligent to make sure Mexico fully implements its labor law reforms and puts an end to company unions and sham contracts. We will be there every step of the way to try to ensure all parties to the agreement live up to their part of the bargain.

After all, if working conditions truly improve in Mexico, then wages will rise, and companies will be less eager to abandon our country. Only time will tell if revised NAFTA will make a real difference.

UAW members opposed NAFTA when it was crafted over 25 years ago because they feared it would lead to the closing of manufacturing plants all over our country and the moving of hundreds of thousands of good U.S. jobs to Mexico. Our worst nightmares became reality. To this day, motor vehicle manufacturers continue to make big bets on manufacturing in Mexico as almost every major automaker has plans to increase capacity. In 2018, our auto trade deficit was nearly $61 billion while the auto parts imbalance was over $29 billion. By all indications, the deficit will be even greater in 2019.

For more, visit The Detroit News >>> 

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Martin Luther King Jr. and the Fight for Racial and Economic Justice https://uaw.org/martin-luther-king-jr-fight-racial-economic-justice-2/ Mon, 20 Jan 2020 15:09:57 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=27695 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a fierce advocate for working people and America’s labor movement. For King, the struggle for racial justice went hand in hand with the struggle for economic justice, and was driven by his belief that all people had the right to earn a fair and dignified living — regardless of

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a fierce advocate for working people and America’s labor movement. For King, the struggle for racial justice went hand in hand with the struggle for economic justice, and was driven by his belief that all people had the right to earn a fair and dignified living — regardless of race, occupation, or socio-economic status.

The final weeks of Dr. King’s life will be forever fixed in the history of the labor movement, as he played a key role in helping lead the famous Memphis Sanitation Strike. After two African American garbage collectors were crushed by a malfunctioning truck, King joined AFSCME, NAACP, COME, and other labor and civil rights groups in organizing thousands of sanitation workers to fight for safe working conditions and better wages.

From February to April of 1968, the city’s sanitation workers engaged in various forms of nonviolent protest and eventually went on strike with the help of civil rights activists and thousands of their allies. Marches, protests, and demonstrations were frequently met by force from the police. King visited Tennessee multiple times over the course of the strike to emphasise the importance of continuing to exhaust all forms of nonviolent protest — even in the face of violence — to achieve their goal.

The final speech Dr. King would ever give was on April 3rd, 1968, where he addressed a church full of workers and protestors who were now two months into their struggle. In this speech, known as “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” King warns that violence had the potential to delegitimize their fight, and that nonviolence would be the only way to truly ignite change. King also discusses his own mortality in the speech, expressing his true commitment to nonviolence and his refusal to back down from his principles in the face of any challenges — even death.

The following evening, King was assassinated at his hotel in Memphis.

On April 16th, 1968, thanks in part to the work of Dr. King and countless others, a deal was reached between workers and the city of Memphis, which resulted in the recognition of the worker’s union, better working conditions, and better pay.

“You are demanding that this city will respect the dignity of labor. So often we overlook the work and the significance of those who are not in professional jobs, of those who are not in the so-called big jobs. But let me say to you tonight that whenever you are engaged in work that serves humanity and is for the building of humanity, it has dignity and it has worth.”  

– Dr. King, Memphis Sanitation Strike, April 3, 1968

 

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Statement of UAW Vice President Terry Dittes on GM Investments in Tonawanda and Spring Hill https://uaw.org/statement-uaw-vice-president-terry-dittes-gm-investments-tonawanda-spring-hill/ Thu, 16 Jan 2020 20:17:08 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=27675 “UAW members during the 40-day strike last fall received significant economic commitments to many plants. Under the direction of Region 9 Director Jeff Binz, the $6.7 million investment at GM’s Tonawanda Plant will continue UAW members’ quality work on the 5.3L V8 engines they provide. In Spring Hill, an over $40 million commitment under the

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“UAW members during the 40-day strike last fall received significant economic commitments to many plants. Under the direction of Region 9 Director Jeff Binz, the $6.7 million investment at GM’s Tonawanda Plant will continue UAW members’ quality work on the 5.3L V8 engines they provide. In Spring Hill, an over $40 million commitment under the direction of Region 8 Director Mitchell Smith will significantly expand the production capacity on the V8 engine as well. These investments through the 2019 collective bargaining agreement provide significant job security in both New York and Tennessee for UAW members, their families and their communities.”

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Statement of UAW President Rory Gamble in the Phase 1 Trade Agreement with China https://uaw.org/statement-uaw-president-rory-gamble-phase-1-trade-agreement-china/ Thu, 16 Jan 2020 18:26:12 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=27678 “Over the past several decades, corporate driven trade deals and tax laws with anti-labor incentives have rewarded companies that abandoned U.S. workers and communities. This has resulted in millions of good manufacturing jobs being shipped overseas to countries that trample workers’ rights, suppress workers’ wages and diminish dignity on the job. China is one of those countries

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

Between 2001 and 2018, the U.S. trade deficit in goods grew over 500%, to over $400 billion in in 2018. According to the Economic Policy Institute, trade with China over the same period eliminated 3.7 million U.S. jobs, including 2.8 million jobs in manufacturing. Fixing trade with China is not a partisan issue. It is a worker issue. Workers have been let down by Republican and Democratic Administrations alike.

Unfortunately, it does not appear the Phase 1 trade agreement with China will put an end to these trade deficits and job losses. Phase 1 does not include democratic labor reforms or enforcement mechanisms to protect workers’ rights, lacks enforceable measures against currency manipulation, fails to limit massive subsidies to Chinese companies or end state ownership of enterprises that are central to the Chinese government’s predatory practices that kill U.S. jobs. Furthermore, the Administration agreed to stop labeling China as a currency manipulator despite their long history in gaming the system to make their products cheaper in the U.S. and abroad. “

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UAW International Executive Board Names Gerald Kariem Vice President and Director of the UAW Ford Department https://uaw.org/uaw-international-executive-board-names-gerald-kariem-vice-president-director-uaw-ford-department/ Thu, 16 Jan 2020 14:17:31 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=27657 Detroit – UAW Region 1D Director Gerald Kariem was unanimously selected by the UAW International Board to the position of Vice President and Director of the UAW Ford Department. Kariem will serve out the term left vacant when Rory Gamble was elected President last Fall. “Gerald brings a wealth of leadership in contract implementation, and

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Detroit – UAW Region 1D Director Gerald Kariem was unanimously selected by the UAW International Board to the position of Vice President and Director of the UAW Ford Department. Kariem will serve out the term left vacant when Rory Gamble was elected President last Fall.

“Gerald brings a wealth of leadership in contract implementation, and he will be able to pick up on the recently ratified Ford contract,” said UAW President Gamble. “His experience in implementing the merger of Regions 1C and 1D and building teamwork through his leadership will be invaluable as we implement reforms within the UAW.”

During his almost decade as an IEB Member, and at the helm of one of the most diverse regions in the union, Kariem skillfully managed the merger between Regions 1C and 1D. His leadership and guidance brought the Aerospace-GM-IPS-TOP region together. The leadership, staff, retirees, support staff, and membership now proudly serve under the single banner of Region 1D.

Kariem is a leader in touch with the membership. He is a strong believer in leadership development and empowerment of workers and in communities. His state-wide community relationship led to him being selected to serve on Governor Whitmer’s Transition Team.

“I look forward to working with our members as well as the Ford Corporation, which has demonstrated good corporate citizenship in the past,” said Kariem. “We will also aggressively implement the new contract. Our members will benefit from the pathways to full pay they created and the launch of new products and new technologies. This is an exciting time for UAW Ford members.”

Kariem was appointed assistant director by then Region 1D Director Don Oetman in June 2008. He started his union/work career in 1976 at 20 years old when he began working at Saginaw Steering Gear, represented by UAW Local 699. He is currently a member of UAW Local 362.

Kariem was appointed to International Staff as a servicing representative in 2001 by UAW President Stephen P. Yokich, as recommended by Region 1D Director George Andros.

Assistant Director Steve Dawes will serve as the region’s point of contact until delegates from the region’s locals meet and elect a new leader.

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Statement from UAW President Rory Gamble on Chevrolet Corvette named 2020 North American Car of the Year and Jeep Gladiator named 2020 North American Truck of the Year https://uaw.org/statement-uaw-president-rory-gamble-chevrolet-corvette-named-2020-north-american-car-year-jeep-gladiator-named-2020-north-american-truck-year/ Wed, 15 Jan 2020 18:56:48 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=27644 The 2020 North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year awards named the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray the 2020 Car of the Year and the Jeep Gladiator the 2020 North American Truck of the Year, both vehicles built by proud UAW members. This is an honor for our union and testament to the top quality

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The 2020 North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year awards named the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray the 2020 Car of the Year and the Jeep Gladiator the 2020 North American Truck of the Year, both vehicles built by proud UAW members. This is an honor for our union and testament to the top quality workmanship that UAW members bring to the job every day.

Our sisters and brothers at UAW Local 2164, who build the Corvette in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and our UAW Local 12 members, who build the Jeep Gladiator in Toledo, Ohio, bring their dedication and industry-leading skills to their jobs to produce these exemplary products.

We couldn’t be more proud of them and the recognition they’ve received for these UAW-built vehicles.

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Statement from UAW International Executive Board and President Rory Gamble on Earthquakes in Puerto Rico https://uaw.org/statement-uaw-international-executive-board-president-rory-gamble-earthquakes-puerto-rico/ Sat, 11 Jan 2020 21:53:19 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=27620 The UAW has more than 5,000 members living and working in Puerto Rico. While still reeling from the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria, the Island has been shaken by two significant earthquakes and over 950 smaller quakes in the past two weeks. Our entire International Executive Board is concerned and is holding our members, their

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The UAW has more than 5,000 members living and working in Puerto Rico. While still reeling from the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria, the Island has been shaken by two significant earthquakes and over 950 smaller quakes in the past two weeks. Our entire International Executive Board is concerned and is holding our members, their families and all Commonwealth residents in our thoughts and prayers.

Through the Region’s Director, Beverley Brakeman, we are learning about the earthquake’s impact upon our members. While the quakes have been largely concentrated in the southwestern part of the Island, nearly 75% of the Island is without power. Thousands are sleeping in the streets fearing the collapse of homes and buildings still weakened by the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. UAW members living in and around Ponce and Guanica have expressed extreme anxiety and fear as the Island continues to be racked by aftershocks. Reports indicate that several members have already lost their homes.

The White House has approved federal emergency funding for Puerto Rico and ordered the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide equipment and resources to respond to the earthquakes. It is our hope and our message to US leaders across the United States that they prioritize, expedite, target and ensure the delivery of all financial and other assistance to protect Puerto Rico residents.

To our members in Puerto Rico, we want you to know we are gathering information and assessing current relief efforts in order to send support as quickly as we can. We stand in solidarity with you.

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More than 1,500 Temporary Ford and GM Workers Made Full-Time Seniority Employees https://uaw.org/1500-temporary-ford-gm-workers-made-full-time-seniority-employees/ Wed, 08 Jan 2020 21:01:15 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=27617 On Monday, GM and Ford announced that 1,522 temporary workers would be moved to full-time status, with more promotions to come. GM has promoted 930 employees across 30 facilities, with Ford transitioning 592 temporary workers. The move comes shortly after UAW members across the Big 3 ratified contracts which pledged to convert temporary workers to

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On Monday, GM and Ford announced that 1,522 temporary workers would be moved to full-time status, with more promotions to come. GM has promoted 930 employees across 30 facilities, with Ford transitioning 592 temporary workers. The move comes shortly after UAW members across the Big 3 ratified contracts which pledged to convert temporary workers to full-time status. FCA is still working to implement the changes, while GM and Ford say they will continue to transition additional workers in the coming months.

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Secretary-Treasurer Ray Curry: Looking to 2020 — Put Your Vote to WORK! https://uaw.org/secretary-treasurer-ray-curry-looking-2020-put-vote-work/ Wed, 08 Jan 2020 14:05:00 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=27611 If you work for a living but are somewhat up in the air about who to vote for in 2020 or for that matter, if you should even bother getting to that crowded polling place, I’d like to ask that you indulge me for a minute. Because I’ve got a story to tell you that

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If you work for a living but are somewhat up in the air about who to vote for in 2020 or for that matter, if you should even bother getting to that crowded polling place, I’d like to ask that you indulge me for a minute.

Because I’ve got a story to tell you that might help with your decision. A story of working people and politicians who are working against all of us — everyday.

I’d like to go back to 1980, the year that Ronald Reagan was campaigning to the 40th president of the United States. Much of his rhetoric was designed to appeal to labor and the working men and women of this country, promising to protect jobs, to support policies that would create more jobs and put unemployed Americans back to work.

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Statement of UAW President Rory Gamble on U.S.-Iran tensions https://uaw.org/statement-uaw-president-rory-gamble-u-s-iran-tensions/ Tue, 07 Jan 2020 14:38:35 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=27614 “I know many of my brothers and sisters are concerned and worried as the tensions between the United States and Iran build. During this time of unrest and high concern, I would like to urge that we all watch out for one another and that we say a prayer for our brothers and sisters who

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“I know many of my brothers and sisters are concerned and worried as the tensions between the United States and Iran build. During this time of unrest and high concern, I would like to urge that we all watch out for one another and that we say a prayer for our brothers and sisters who may be sent into this conflict. Please be careful as you go about your day and look out for your friends, family and neighbors.

This is an extremely stressful time for our nation. I urge you also to be wary of rumors. We must all do our own fact checking. Please know that my prayers and support are with all of my brothers and sisters across this nation as we face this crisis together.”

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Labor Voices: Keep prescription costs affordable https://uaw.org/labor-voices-keep-prescription-costs-affordable/ Thu, 26 Dec 2019 17:12:50 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=27606 For far too long, America has been in crisis mode when it comes to prescription drug costs. Families and individuals have had to decide between buying groceries or paying the mortgage and purchasing life-saving medicines. The recent passage of the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act (H.R. 3) by the House of Representatives

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For far too long, America has been in crisis mode when it comes to prescription drug costs. Families and individuals have had to decide between buying groceries or paying the mortgage and purchasing life-saving medicines. The recent passage of the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act (H.R. 3) by the House of Representatives is a positive step forward out of this crisis, and a promising day for many Americans.

H.R. 3, introduced by New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., works to establish a fair price negotiation program, protect the Medicare program from excessive price increases, and establish an out-of-pocket maximum in some plans.

For years, the UAW has been deeply concerned about the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs for its members and the people of our communities. Ill health can catastrophically threaten an individual’s ability to earn a living, sending a once productive wage earner into bankruptcy or more, with a single illness. Through collective bargaining, we have long struggled to provide insurance mechanisms to protect against these incredibly high costs of health care and protect our members against uncertain futures.

Read more at The Detroit News >>>

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Holiday Snack and Beverage Guide https://uaw.org/holiday-snack-beverage-guide/ Tue, 24 Dec 2019 01:40:01 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=27563 For most, December is a season of family gatherings and holiday parties. Whether you’re hosting or bringing a dish to pass, consider union-made refreshments to support quality, good-paying jobs in our communities! Chips and Pretzels Rold Gold pretzels, UTZ pretzels, Frito-Lay products, Pirate’s Booty, Keystone Foods products, Mikesell’s potato chips, Happy’s potato chips and Bugles. Pies

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For most, December is a season of family gatherings and holiday parties. Whether you’re hosting or bringing a dish to pass, consider union-made refreshments to support quality, good-paying jobs in our communities!

Chips and Pretzels

Rold Gold pretzels, UTZ pretzels, Frito-Lay products, Pirate’s Booty, Keystone Foods products, Mikesell’s potato chips, Happy’s potato chips and Bugles.

Pies

Banquet fruit pies, Entenmann’s snack pies, Marie Callender’s fruit, seasonal and cream pies, Sarah Lee pies, Pillsbury crescent rolls and Pillsbury pie crusts.

Ice Cream Toppings

Masterson Company.

Sweet Goods

Safeway, Giant and Albertson’s bakery goods, Hostess Brands, Ding Dongs, Twinkies, SnoBalls.

Bread and Rolls

Bimbo, SB Thomas, Sara Lee, Nature’s Harvest, Freihofer, Arnold, Brownberry, Oroweat, Entenmann’s, Ball Park, Marinela, Maier’s, Beefsteak, D’Italiano, J.J. Nissen, Boboli, Mrs. Baird’s, Tia Rosa tortillas and Stroehmann.

Candy
  • Annabelle Candy Company: Rocky Road, Abba-Zaba, Look, Big Hunk and U-No.
  • Boyer Candy: Mallo Cups, Peanut Butter Cups, Smoothie Cups, Triple Twist Pretzels and Dark Chocolate Mallo Cups.
  • Brown & Haley: Almond Roca, Cashew Roca and Mocha Roca.
  • Concord Confections/Tootsie Roll Industries: All Tootise Roll brand products and Double Bubble Bubble Gum.
  • Frankford Candy & Chocolate: Gums, jellies, hard candy, molded filled, hollow and solid chocolate.
  • Ghirardelli Chocolate: Solid Milk, Milk & Caramel, Solid 60% Cacao Dark and Dark & Sea Salt Caramel and all varieties of chocolates.
  • Hershey: Hershey Milk Chocolate Bars, Hershey Milk Chocolate with Almond Bars, Cookies ‘N’ Creme Bars (snack, extra-large and giant sizes only), Hershey Kisses (Milk Chocolate, Milk Chocolate with Almonds, Special Dark, Cookies ‘N’ Creme), Rolo and Hershey Nuggets.
  • Jelly Belly: Candy Corn, Jelly Belly Disney Villains bags, Harry Potter Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans, Harry Potter Jelly Slugs, Jelly Belly BeanBoozled, Gummi Rats, Gummi Tarantulas and other jelly beans.
  • Nestlé Chocolate: Laffy Taffy, Rope Taffy, Tangy Taffy, Baby Ruth, Butterfinger, BB’s, Pearson’s Nips, Nestlé Crunch Bars and Sno Caps.
  • Pearson’s Candy Company: Tins, bagged and chocolate mints, including The Nut Goodie Bar, Salted Nut Roll and Pearson’s Mint Patties.
  • Sconza Candy Company: Chocolate Jordanetts, Boston Baked Beans, Yogurt Raisins, Lemoncello Almonds, Chocolate/Yogurt Fruit & Raisins and other products.
  • See’s Candies: Chocolates, nuts and chews, truffles, lollipops, brittles and toffees.

 

Beverages
Beer

Anheuser-Busch, Black Eye Ale, Black Hawk Stout, Blue Heron Pale Ale, Boxer, Budweiser, Busch, Butte Creek Organic Collection, Carmel Wheat, Clear Creek Ice, Dundee Craft, Eye of the Hawk, Genesee Brewery, Goose Island, Henry Weinhard’s, Honey Amber Rose, Huber, Icehouse, Landshark Lager, Lazy Mutt Farmhouse Ale, Leinenkugel Brewing Co., Lionshead, Mad River Brewing Co., Mendocino Imperial, Michelob, Miller, Milwaukee’s Best, Minhas Oktoberfest, Mendocino-Talon-Double-IPA, Natural Ice & Light, O’Doul’s, Olde English 800, Pabst, Peregrine Pilsner, Pyramid, Red Dog, Red Tail Ale, Rolling Rock, Sam Adams, Shergill IPA, Shock Top, Talon Extra Select Double IPA and White Hawk Select IPA.

Wine

Almaden, Barrelli Creek, Bartles & Jaymes, Black Box, Boone’s Farm, C.K. Mondavi wines, Carlo Rossi, Charles Krug, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia Crest, Corbett Canyon Vineyard, Dubonnet, Fairbanks, Franzia, Gallo Estate Wines, Lejon Vermouth, Livingston Cellars, MD 20/20, Mission Bell, Peter Vella, Rancho Zabaco, Robert Mondavi, Seagram’s Escapes, Sheffield Cellars, St. Supery, Tribuno Vermouth, Turning Leaf and Weibel.

Spirits

Tequila
Azteca, Barton Liquor, Captain Gold, Don Eduardo, El Jimador, El Mayor, El Toro, Herradura, Juarez and Montezuma.

Vodka
Aristocrat, CLIX, Denaka, Finlandia, Maximus, Pinnacle, Platinum, Rain, Taaka and Wheatley.

 

 

Thank you to our friends at the AFL-CIO and Labor 411 for the research.

 

 

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The Fall 2019 Edition of Solidarity Magazine is now online! https://uaw.org/solidarity_magazine/fall-2019/ Fri, 20 Dec 2019 16:28:43 +0000 https://uaw.org/?post_type=solidarity_magazine&p=27595  

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The Fall 2019 edition of Solidarity magazine is now online!

Moving health care in the right direction! The cover story is why universal health care helps us all. Despite UAW efforts, the current system of health insurance still has many challenges. Health care costs continue to rise. Prescription drug costs are out of reach for many Americans. Many UAW members understand that they have more affordable, quality health insurance than most, still far too many Americans are uninsured or underinsured.

In his column, UAW President Rory Gamble talks about a new way forward for the union and the success of new contracts with Ford, General Motors and FCA US that eliminated the permanent status of temporary workers with a defined pathway for temporary workers to become permanent.

UAW members at General Dynamics Land Systems recently ratified a new contract with key gains that include protecting job security, wages and benefits. UAW Local 163 members at Detroit Axle also have a new contract. The five-year deal reduces the time that current members are able to reach max rate by four years.

UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust CEO Francine Parker is retiring after leading the trust since its launch in 2010. Debbie Rittenour was selected following a national search and will join the Trust  Feb. 1.

And there’s much more ….l

 

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A Holiday Message from UAW President Rory Gamble https://uaw.org/holiday-message-uaw-president-rory-gamble/ Fri, 20 Dec 2019 15:16:51 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=27560 Greetings Sisters and Brothers, I want to take this very special time of the year on behalf of the President’s Office and the International Executive Board to recognize the hard work and dedication that you bring to your work, to your communities and to this great union of ours. This past year, we have truly

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Greetings Sisters and Brothers,

I want to take this very special time of the year on behalf of the President’s Office and the International Executive Board to recognize the hard work and dedication that you bring to your work, to your communities and to this great union of ours. This past year, we have truly seen the strength of our solidarity and I was reminded once again, as I watched my brothers and sisters on the picket lines and at the bargaining table fighting for one another and for the survival of America’s middle class, just what this union means to us and to this nation.

It is you, our members, that are the strength and the backbone of the UAW and that was never more evident than during this bargaining year. I am proud of what we achieved in negotiations this year. I am proud of my brothers and sisters who stood out on picket lines, who sat at the bargaining table and who got up and turned in their best day’s work — each and every day.

I am truly humbled to be serving as your president and I look forward to the great things we will achieve together in the coming year.

So, I simply want to say, ‘Thank you’ to all my brothers and sisters during this holiday season. I wish you a safe and happy holiday and a wonderful New Year.

 

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Statement of UAW President Rory Gamble on the need to monitor and enforce the USMCA as proposed before congress https://uaw.org/statement-uaw-president-rory-gamble-need-monitor-enforce-usmca-proposed-congress/ Wed, 18 Dec 2019 22:36:17 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=27520 We must continue to remain vigilant against off-shoring of jobs With the House of Representatives set to vote on the revised NAFTA (also known as USMCA) shortly, it is important to discuss what this agreement is and what it is not. It is not a “fix” for the many problems created by NAFTA and other

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We must continue to remain vigilant against off-shoring of jobs

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

Autoworkers know this to be true from our experience, but experts have also stated so.

According to an analysis by the U.S. International Trade Commission, USMCA will create just 51,000 new jobs in manufacturing, mining and farming over the next six years. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) predicts actual loses in the auto sector.

The agreement before congress is significantly stronger from the original negotiated by the Trump administration because of the work of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senator Sherrod Brown, Senator Ron Wyden, Senator Debbie Stabenow and Senator Gary Peters and the USMCA working group. They fought to make this a much better agreement as the original had very weak enforcement mechanisms, inadequate labor standards, and give aways to the pharmaceutical industry

The new rapid response mechanism modeled off of the Brown-Wyden proposal, and revised labor chapter is better than what we have today, but it will take a strong commitment by Mexico’s government and our own to make them effective tools that makes a difference for working people. Corporations and company unions set on keeping the status quo in Mexico will try to create and exploit any and all loopholes to make it an ineffective tool. This and future administrations will be given a great deal of discretion in determining its effectiveness. If this or a future Administration decides that a rapid response labor panel is not necessary, the only requirement is that they notify the appropriate congressional committees on why they made their decision.

It will be difficult to ensure Mexico’s government fully implement its labor law reforms. And will take great, sustained political will and their strong financial commitments. The vast majority of union contracts in Mexico are “protection contracts” that put the interests of employers above employees is daunting. There are reportedly over half million existing collective bargaining agreements and vast majority are protection contracts.

Some supporters of USMCA highlight the higher auto rule of origin standards as good for U.S workers but do not note the higher standards could mostly be satisfied by shifting production from Eastern Europe and Asia to Mexico not to the United States.

They are also fond of saying it requires auto workers to have a minimum salary of $16 an hour. In fact, is an average and not a floor and companies’ intent on keeping business as usual will go through great lengths to keep wages down and jobs in Mexico. It is not comforting that so many companies that have moved production to Mexico and plan major investments have embraced the auto rule of origin standard.

We are concerned companies will try to comply by shifting some production in U.S. and Canada, not raising wages in Mexico.

We will do all we can to vigilantly monitor the agreement to try to make sure multinational corporations live up to their end of the bargain, but we should have no illusion that our efforts alone will get the job done. Putting an end to company unions, sham contracts, low wages, and weak environmental standards that have lured U.S. companies to send jobs south of the border for so long will be very difficult and will require the full commitment of our government and Mexico’s over many, many years.

As I said before, it will require a full court press by our elected leaders to wage a successful fight against the offshoring of jobs and the economic inequality that has harmed our country and working people for decades. Bad tax laws that reward companies for moving jobs abroad will need to repealed and our anemic labor laws must be updated and strengthened by passing the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO Act), and other pro-worker measures, to ensure all workers have a right to have voice on the job. Collective bargaining backed up by the rule of law has long proven to be the surest way to improve wages and working conditions and will continue to be so as time goes on.

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Statement of UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada, Director of the UAW FCA Department, on the Merger of Peugeot and FCA https://uaw.org/statement-uaw-vice-president-cindy-estrada-director-uaw-fca-department-merger-peugeot-fca/ Wed, 18 Dec 2019 14:43:17 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=27501 “There are many challenges in the auto industry today and we hope that this will bring opportunities for growth that will benefit UAW members and our communities,” said UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada, Director of the UAW FCA Department. “We know that FCA North America production is highly profitable and there is minimal product overlap

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“There are many challenges in the auto industry today and we hope that this will bring opportunities for growth that will benefit UAW members and our communities,” said UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada, Director of the UAW FCA Department.

“We know that FCA North America production is highly profitable and there is minimal product overlap at this time. We look forward to hearing more details in the future and working together to continue to make FCA a success and bring about job security for our members.”

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Community Supports Local 211 Members During the Strike, Members Return the Generosity https://uaw.org/community-supports-local-211-members-strike-members-return-generosity/ Tue, 17 Dec 2019 15:29:09 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=27345 The nearly 900 members of UAW Local 211 know the true reason for the holiday season is giving. And give, they do. The local’s members, nearly half from GM Powertrain in Defiance, Ohio, are gearing up for their annual Quarter Auction to benefit those in need in the Defiance area. Nicole Neth is chair of

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The nearly 900 members of UAW Local 211 know the true reason for the holiday season is giving. And give, they do. The local’s members, nearly half from GM Powertrain in Defiance, Ohio, are gearing up for their annual Quarter Auction to benefit those in need in the Defiance area. Nicole Neth is chair of the Women’s Committee, which runs the auction. “I get the joy of giving back,” said Neth. “It’s extremely important for UAW locals to help their communities, especially after the GM strike taught me how tied we are to the community. Our community supported us 100% during the strike. It made all the difference to us.”

The annual holiday Quarter Auction, named for quarters because bids are spent in 25 cent increments, features donations from community retailers such as restaurant gift certificates, home decorations and electronics, gift baskets and other items. Ten bucks gets members in the door for dinner, and the chance to bid on dozens of items and win a 50/50 raffle. Best part of the event is members know the money they spend means hundreds of dollars are going to the local domestic violence shelter and an area residential facility for the developmentally disabled. Nice way to show the spirit of the season and return community support for the strike, Local 211!

 

 

 

 

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Statement of UAW Vice President Terry Dittes, Director of the UAW-GM Department on the GM Investment Announcement in Wentzville https://uaw.org/statement-uaw-vice-president-terry-dittes-director-uaw-gm-department-gm-investment-announcement-wentzville/ Fri, 13 Dec 2019 18:52:29 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=27412 DETROIT – “During the recent round of Collective Bargaining, thousands of UAW members, their families and communities sacrificed to achieve job security for quality, good-paying jobs at their plants,” said UAW Vice President Terry Dittes, Director of the UAW-GM Department. “Today’s announcement of a $1 billion investment will retain 4,000 jobs and shows commitment for

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DETROIT – “During the recent round of Collective Bargaining, thousands of UAW members, their families and communities sacrificed to achieve job security for quality, good-paying jobs at their plants,” said UAW Vice President Terry Dittes, Director of the UAW-GM Department.

“Today’s announcement of a $1 billion investment will retain 4,000 jobs and shows commitment for a future mid-size truck in Wentzville. This is a testament to the quality of UAW work at Wentzville and the solidarity UAW members have shown to preserve and grow good-paying jobs here in America.”

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Statement on House Passage of HR 3 from UAW President Rory Gamble https://uaw.org/statement-house-passage-hr-3-uaw-president-rory-gamble/ Thu, 12 Dec 2019 19:18:49 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=27393 UAW Commends Passage of Drug Bill to Lower Prescription Costs Today, the UAW commended the House of Representatives, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, for passing the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act (HR 3). This is a good day for our country, and it is long overdue. We proudly support HR 3 as

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UAW Commends Passage of Drug Bill to Lower Prescription Costs

Today, the UAW commended the House of Representatives, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, for passing the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act (HR 3). This is a good day for our country, and it is long overdue.

We proudly support HR 3 as it would lower the price of many high cost drugs, including insulin, which has nearly doubled in price from 2012-2016 despite being on the market for almost 100 years.

UAW members, retirees and families are deeply concerned about the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs and the devastating impact it has on people across the country. Bold policy solutions like HR 3 are sorely needed to drive down the cost of prescription drugs, which has become a national crisis in our nation. No one should fear going bankrupt or skip taking life-saving medicines because the costs are out of reach. It’s long past time our elected leaders put the interest of families and communities over powerful drug companies who are raking in billions in profits by gouging working families. The same families that help subsidize their research.

We urge Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to allow a vote on HR 3 and HR 986, which protects tens of millions of people with pre-existing conditions who are at risk of losing coverage.

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UAW FCA Members Ratify Contract https://uaw.org/uaw-fca-members-ratify-contract/ Wed, 11 Dec 2019 21:55:53 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=27387 DETROIT – UAW FCA US members ratified the 2019 Collective Bargaining Agreement by overall 71% (Hourly 74%; Skilled Trades 59%; Salary Bargaining Unit 67%), the UAW announced this evening. “Every full-time production employee currently at FCA will be at top rate by the end of this four-year agreement,” said Cindy Estrada, UAW Vice President and

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DETROIT – UAW FCA US members ratified the 2019 Collective Bargaining Agreement by overall 71% (Hourly 74%; Skilled Trades 59%; Salary Bargaining Unit 67%), the UAW announced this evening.

“Every full-time production employee currently at FCA will be at top rate by the end of this four-year agreement,” said Cindy Estrada, UAW Vice President and Director of the UAW FCA Department. “All temporary workers now have a defined pathway to full time and top pay as well.”

The pattern agreement provides a pathway for temporary and full-time workers to top pay; creates parity on full-time worker health care; adds coverage for prescription drug costs for temporary workers; includes a signing bonus and wages that are consistent with pattern; and adds $4.5 billion in new investment in addition to the previously announced $4.5 billion investment that includes a new Detroit plant.

The ratified contract also includes an economic package of a $9,000 per full-time member signing bonus, performance bonuses, two 3% annual raises and two 4% lump-sum payments and holds the line on out-of-pocket health care costs.

“It is not easy in pattern bargaining to be the final Detroit 3 contract,” said UAW President Rory Gamble. “It means a much longer period of negotiating. Our negotiating team at the UAW and those local national negotiators were able to keep pattern and consequently negotiate a contract that will lift many lives during the life cycle of this contract. They are to be congratulated for their focus and perseverance.”

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Statement of the UAW on USMCA https://uaw.org/statement-uaw-usmca/ Wed, 11 Dec 2019 14:49:31 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=27356 Provided final text accurately reflects changes “UAW members have opposed NAFTA since its inception a quarter century ago because they feared it would lead to the closing of countless manufacturing plants throughout our country and the moving of hundreds of thousands of good U.S. jobs to Mexico. Time has unfortunately proven UAW members right and

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Provided final text accurately reflects changes

“UAW members have opposed NAFTA since its inception a quarter century ago because they feared it would lead to the closing of countless manufacturing plants throughout our country and the moving of hundreds of thousands of good U.S. jobs to Mexico. Time has unfortunately proven UAW members right and it is for this very reason we welcomed the renegotiation of NAFTA (also known as USMCA) and pushed for more to be done.

While the final text of the agreement has not been made available for review, we already know that USMCA Is highly unlikely to bring factories back from Mexico, as some have promised.  It will hopefully stop some of the bleeding of U.S. jobs and UAW members will vigilantly monitor enforcement of the agreement to make sure multinational corporations treat their workers right. We will also fight to make sure Mexico fully implements its labor law reforms and puts an end to company unions and sham contracts that pave for U.S. companies to send jobs south of the border.

If the final text reflects the agreed upon language, it has improved significantly from when it was initially negotiated by the Trump administration because of the tireless work of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senator Sherrod Brown, Senator Ron Wyden, Senator Debbie Stabenow and Senator Gary Peters and the USMCA working group who fought to strengthen its labor standards and enforcement provisions. I also want to thank Ambassador Robert Lighthizer for his good-faith negotiations.

But to be clear, much more work remains to fight against the offshoring of jobs and the economic inequality that has plagued our country for so long. While trade deals are important, they alone will not cure all our ills.   We need our elected leaders to do much more. The Administration and Congress should start by ending bad tax laws that reward companies for moving jobs abroad and finally fix our labor laws by passing the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO Act), and other measures, to ensure all workers have a right to have voice on the job.”

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Rory Gamble Named First African American President Of The Historic UAW https://uaw.org/rory-gamble-named-first-african-american-president-historic-uaw/ Mon, 09 Dec 2019 01:28:09 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=27337 “In the great arc of history in my lifetime, there have been and continue to be many firsts. But nothing is more fitting than the history between the UAW and civil rights in our country coming full circle with Rory Gamble in Reuther’s chair and Ray Curry as the UAW’s Secretary-Treasurer. When you view the

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“In the great arc of history in my lifetime, there have been and continue to be many firsts. But nothing is more fitting than the history between the UAW and civil rights in our country coming full circle with Rory Gamble in Reuther’s chair and Ray Curry as the UAW’s Secretary-Treasurer.

When you view the historic lens of my lifetime, the UAW has always been present in the fight for equality, for racial and social justice, and in the darkest hours of our movement.” – Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr.

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UAW International Executive Board Announces Region 5 Will Be Merged https://uaw.org/uaw-international-executive-board-announces-region-5-will-merged/ Fri, 06 Dec 2019 18:20:00 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=27343 Detroit — The UAW International Executive Board (IEB) voted on December 5 to merge the states represented by UAW Region 5 between UAW Regions 4 and 8. This merger will be effective February 28, 2020. “Today’s action was taken in the interest of maintaining continuity in representing and servicing our members.  Both Regions 4 and 8

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Detroit — The UAW International Executive Board (IEB) voted on December 5 to merge the states represented by UAW Region 5 between UAW Regions 4 and 8. This merger will be effective February 28, 2020.

“Today’s action was taken in the interest of maintaining continuity in representing and servicing our members.  Both Regions 4 and 8 have been prudently managed, cover wide geographic territories and have proven experience effectively representing UAW members.  This will not impact any individual locals or state CAP councils or retiree councils,” said UAW President Rory Gamble. “When a vacancy occurs on the IEB – as happened with Region 5 – the UAW Constitution allows for the International Executive Board to combine regions, an action that has been taken in the past. These consolidations have no impact on regional staffing, international union programming or the operation of local unions.”

As in 2002 and 2012, when recent past mergers occurred, regional programming and operations remain in place through the new regional structures.

Region 5 comprises 17 states in the western and southwestern United States and represents 37,000 members. States included are: Missouri; Texas; Oklahoma; Arkansas; Louisiana; Kansas; Colorado; New Mexico; California; Oregon; Nevada; Arizona; Utah; Idaho; Alaska; Washington and Hawaii.

The UAW will announce how the new regions will be apportioned at a later date.

“Whenever there is a regional director vacancy, the UAW IEB takes the opportunity to look at our structure and consider the best interests of our members and the Union,” said Ray Curry, UAW Secretary-Treasurer. “As with more recent region mergers, we have determined that this decision is prudent for the best interests of the union and will not impact or interrupt membership services or regional operations.”

The UAW will be working with all three regions to assure a smooth and efficient transition for member services and operations.

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UAW International Executive Board Appoints Rory Gamble President https://uaw.org/uaw-international-executive-board-appoints-rory-gamble-president/ Thu, 05 Dec 2019 15:00:40 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=27283 DETROIT – The UAW International Executive Board met Thursday and named Acting President Rory Gamble to fill the vacancy of President until the June 2022 Convention. “This is an honor to complete my career and serve the members of this great union in this capacity,” said Gamble. “This wasn’t planned and it is a tall

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DETROIT – The UAW International Executive Board met Thursday and named Acting President Rory Gamble to fill the vacancy of President until the June 2022 Convention.

“This is an honor to complete my career and serve the members of this great union in this capacity,” said Gamble. “This wasn’t planned and it is a tall order. There are difficult decisions that will need to be made in the coming months for our members. But I promise one thing, when I retire and turn over this office, we will deliver a clean union on solid footing.”

Gamble, 64, spent 12 years as Director of Region 1A before being elected Vice President and appointed to head the Ford Department in 2018.

In his initial three weeks, Gamble moved swiftly as Acting President, coalescing the IEB around a series of ethics reforms, including appointing an outside Chief Ethics Office; an internal ombudsman; policy changes; a clawback provision to recover misspent money; new financial controls including auditing and identifying and implementing stronger financial management practices.

“Together, our members, local leaders and our Board have an opportunity to set the UAW on a course for generations,” said Gamble. “There are many opportunities through new technology; new jobs; new organizing drives and collective bargaining gains to lift up our families, our communities and the middle class. We are in this together as we work through these changes and challenges.

The IEB will fill Gamble’s Vice President vacancy in January.

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