UAW https://uaw.org International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America Wed, 13 Nov 2019 18:32:51 +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 United Auto Workers Acting President Rory Gamble Enacts Immediate Nationwide Ethics Reforms https://uaw.org/united-auto-workers-acting-president-rory-gamble-enacts-immediate-nationwide-ethics-reforms/ Wed, 13 Nov 2019 18:32:51 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=26883 New Ethics Reforms Will Include Stringent Monetary Controls Detroit, MI—United Auto Workers (UAW) Acting President Rory Gamble has announced the initiation of widespread ethics reforms. These reforms make clear the UAW is committed to establishing the right mechanisms and safeguards to protect the union from corruption and misfeasance. “When the United Auto Workers union was

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New Ethics Reforms Will Include Stringent Monetary Controls

Detroit, MI—United Auto Workers (UAW) Acting President Rory Gamble has announced the initiation of widespread ethics reforms. These reforms make clear the UAW is committed to establishing the right mechanisms and safeguards to protect the union from corruption and misfeasance.

“When the United Auto Workers union was created more than 84 years ago, it was built on the idea that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts; that together we are stronger than any one person alone. And this is still true today,” said Gamble. “As the acting president, I’m committed to putting in place the right mechanisms to safeguard our union, regaining the trust of our members, and ensuring the misconduct that has recently come to light will never happen again. That is why I am ordering immediate actions that will lay the foundation for a more transparent, more accountable, and more responsible future for our union.”

“This is just the beginning,” he added. “But it’s a beginning that will set us on the right path for the future. As a member of this union for nearly 40 years, I am committed to the mission of this union in bringing prosperity and dignity to millions of American workers and creating and maintaining this country’s middle class.  I am committed to seeing our union succeed and thrive. And to do that we must and will take real, concrete action that leads to substantive and lasting change.”

New UAW Ethics Reforms Include: 

  • The establishment of an Ethics Ombudsman to receive, review and respond to ethics complaints and allegations.
  • The creation of the position of Ethics Officer who will not be an employee of the International Union, but rather an external position with the power to investigate allegations, complaints or matters referred to them by the Ethics Ombudsman or the IEB. The UAW is beginning a national search for an Ethics Officer effective immediately.
  • The introduction of a new policy that will enhance enforcement against those who have been found guilty of misusing funds and our commitment to seek recovery of all misused or misappropriated funds.
  • The implementation of stringent monetary controls that increase oversight by the UAW Accounting Department.
  • The banning of all charitable contributions from UAW joint program centers, vendors, or employers to any charities run or controlled by UAW officials.
  • The enactment of accountability measures to the Joint Programs, including that purchases of promotional items using joint program funds have been permanently banned and all expenditures will be controlled, monitored, and regularly audited by independent public accounting firms.
  • Finally, UAW will set up an Ethics Hotline to encourage those who may have concerns about or want to report potential ethics violations. The hotline will provide members and employees the ability to anonymously and confidentially submit allegations or complaints about potential violations of the UAW’s Ethical Code and other relevant policies.

Additionally, Cabin Four and its related property at the UAW’s Walter and May Reuther Family Education Center will be put up for sale.

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Veterans Day Message from Acting President Rory Gamble and UAW International Executive Board https://uaw.org/veterans-day-message-acting-president-rory-gamble-uaw-international-executive-board-2/ Mon, 11 Nov 2019 05:13:21 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=26878 Remembering and honoring our Veterans Today, on Veterans Day, across the nation we honor the proud individuals who served our country. We remember the men and women, and their families, who have made the ultimate sacrifice during wartime, and those who gave of their time and commitment during peacetime. The willingness of America’s veterans to

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Remembering and honoring our Veterans

Today, on Veterans Day, across the nation we honor the proud individuals who served our country. We remember the men and women, and their families, who have made the ultimate sacrifice during wartime, and those who gave of their time and commitment during peacetime. The willingness of America’s veterans to serve our country earns them our lasting, dedicated gratitude. 

However, saying “thank you” is just the start of how we pay tribute to our veterans. The UAW joins the rest of the country in pledging to care for our service members and ensure they receive the resources they need. Our commitment to those who have served does not end when their service ends and they return home.  We will continue to work to enhance veterans’ benefits, opportunities and health care. It is an absolute priority that we fulfill our obligation to veterans and their families. We, as a country, must see to it that they get the best care they deserve for the sacrifices they’ve made to keep America safe.

The UAW is proud of its commitment to aiding veterans, both within our locals and via our standing veterans committee. We are dedicated to continuing to fight for the rights of our brothers and sisters who served our country.

Thank you, veterans, for your service.

 

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UAW Statement on Lula’s Freedom https://uaw.org/uaw-statement-lulas-freedom/ Fri, 08 Nov 2019 20:51:50 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=26859 Lula’s freedom today is a victory for democratic principles and the right to legal due process as affirmed by Brazil’s Supreme Court. This is a victory for the people of Brazil who have been under attack by a right-wing administration that wants to erode the rights and dignity of workers, indigenous peoples, Afro-Brazilians and the

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Lula’s freedom today is a victory for democratic principles and the right to legal due process as affirmed by Brazil’s Supreme Court. This is a victory for the people of Brazil who have been under attack by a right-wing administration that wants to erode the rights and dignity of workers, indigenous peoples, Afro-Brazilians and the LGBTQ community.

The UAW stands with our trade unionist brother Lula and the workers of Brazil who are fighting for labor rights, defending democracy and pursuing a civilized discourse on the challenges that they face. 

We thank the thousands of UAW members who sent personal notes to Lula during his unjust detainment. A luta continua!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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UAW retirees lend a hand to local coal miners https://uaw.org/uaw-retirees-lend-hand-local-coal-miners/ Thu, 07 Nov 2019 16:35:15 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=26778 Left: Miners with UAW retirees on the tracks. Retirees are: Lawrence Hamilton (red shirt, far left); Cliff Cantrell (far right); Pam Hamilton (in back with sign); Nolla Kelly (middle with sign). Right: UAW retirees delivered two truckloads of food to help the miners and their families in Harlem County, Kentucky. Nearly 600 coal miners have

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Left: Miners with UAW retirees on the tracks. Retirees are: Lawrence Hamilton (red shirt, far left); Cliff Cantrell (far right); Pam Hamilton (in back with sign); Nolla Kelly (middle with sign). Right: UAW retirees delivered two truckloads of food to help the miners and their families in Harlem County, Kentucky.

Nearly 600 coal miners have been locked out of their jobs since July when Blackjewel coal company abruptly filed for bankruptcy and shut down two coal mines in Kentucky. The workers were left without pay and facing an uncertain future. They had been camping out on the railroad tracks to block trains since the lockout. UAW retirees from the International Area Council in Somerset, KY, wanted to help. So, they collected donations from their fellow retirees and spent a day with the miners on the tracks. The workers were finally called back to work last week after the mines were purchased by Eagle Specialty Materials.

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A message from UAW acting President Rory Gamble https://uaw.org/message-uaw-acting-president-rory-gamble/ Tue, 05 Nov 2019 14:03:26 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=26773 Brothers and Sisters, This will be the first of many messages to you my Brothers and Sisters. I would like to start this message by saying that I am so humbled to be appointed Acting President of this union by the International Executive Board. And I want to stress how proud I am of you,

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Brothers and Sisters,

This will be the first of many messages to you my Brothers and Sisters. I would like to start this message by saying that I am so humbled to be appointed Acting President of this union by the International Executive Board. And I want to stress how proud I am of you, our membership. I am honored to represent some of the hardest working, creative and caring workforces in this nation.

I am here because of you, to work for you and to work alongside you. And our hard-working International Representatives are here to represent you as well.

I know recent events concerning members of our leadership have disappointed and angered many of you. I am angry as well, but I am not here to pre-judge anyone. I am here to take this union forward. However, I want you to know that I will not excuse or tolerate any inappropriate actions, period. That is my promise to you. From this day on, the UAW must not only adhere to the highest standards of conduct, put in place by former leaders like Walter Reuther. We need to exceed them. And that is my first priority.

Together, we will prosper as a union and we will continue our hard work in our communities and for all working men and women. I believe in the core values of the UAW, of your hard work, your honesty, your commitment to family and your neighbors, and the values you take to work every day.

This will be the first of many messages to my brothers and sisters. I want you to know that I will be communicating with you regularly on how this union will adapt and grow stronger. We will undertake measures to make sure that happens.

I want to remind us all that it was this union that built the Middle Class. We have an obligation to continue to be the voice and protector of working men and women in this country.

I ask for your prayers and support in these days ahead. It is an honor to serve you. And together, with the support of my family, my UAW brothers and sisters and the International UAW staff, we will move this union forward.

Thank you for the opportunity to be your Acting President.

Rory Gamble
Acting President, UAW International Union

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UAW Mack Truck Workers Ratify Contract https://uaw.org/uaw-mack-truck-workers-ratify-contract/ Mon, 04 Nov 2019 13:37:56 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=26746 Strike nets fair pay, benefits and job security protections DETROIT – UAW Mack Truck members ratified a four-year collective bargaining agreement by over 79% on Sunday. “Through the new four-year agreement, the UAW looks to further expand its long-term relationship with Mack Trucks. The members at Mack were able to hold the line on health

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Strike nets fair pay, benefits and job security protections

DETROIT – UAW Mack Truck members ratified a four-year collective bargaining agreement by over 79% on Sunday.

“Through the new four-year agreement, the UAW looks to further expand its long-term relationship with Mack Trucks. The members at Mack were able to hold the line on health care and add job security provisions and substantial raises during a difficult economic time in the industry,” said UAW Secretary-Treasurer and director of the UAW Heavy Truck Department, Ray Curry.

“The solidarity of Mack Truck workers on the picket line achieved significant wage increases, bonuses, job security protections and held the line on health care costs,” said Curry. Our members look forward to returning to their jobs of designing and building Mack Trucks for the marketplace.

Curry said strikes are never easy on members or their families. “We can’t thank enough the surrounding communities for the outpouring of support for our striking families.”

Mack Trucks has facilities in Macungie, PA; Middletown, PA; Hagerstown, MD; Baltimore, MD; and Jacksonville, FL.

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Statement From the UAW on Leave of Absence of UAW President Gary Jones – UAW Vice President Rory Gamble to Serve as Interim President https://uaw.org/statement-uaw-leave-absence-uaw-president-gary-jones-uaw-vice-president-rory-gamble-serve-interim-president/ Sat, 02 Nov 2019 14:20:18 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=26743 UAW President Gary Jones has asked for a leave of absence, following a vote of the Executive Board. It will be effective Sunday, Nov. 3rd.  Vice President Rory Gamble, who recently negotiated the Ford agreement, will serve as acting president and assume full responsibility for the president’s office. “The UAW is fighting tooth and nail

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UAW President Gary Jones has asked for a leave of absence, following a vote of the Executive Board. It will be effective Sunday, Nov. 3rd.  Vice President Rory Gamble, who recently negotiated the Ford agreement, will serve as acting president and assume full responsibility for the president’s office.

“The UAW is fighting tooth and nail to ensure our members have a brighter future. I do not want anything to distract from the mission. I want to do what’s best for the members of this great union,” Jones said.

Gamble said the UAW would continue to fight for its members every single day: “Together throughout the last few months, we’ve achieved substantial victories for UAW members and we know that we have more work to do. We want better health care coverage, better salaries and respect for our work. That will not change.”

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National UAW-Ford Council Votes on Proposed Tentative Agreement, Sends for Ratification Vote https://uaw.org/national-uaw-ford-council-votes-proposed-tentative-agreement-sends-ratification-vote/ Fri, 01 Nov 2019 20:14:28 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=26724 Detroit, Mich. – The National UAW-Ford Council convened today and voted to send the proposed Tentative Agreement with Ford Motor Company for a ratification vote of UAW members. In doing so, the UAW released details of the tentative agreement as approved by the UAW-Ford National Negotiators and the Council. The National UAW-Ford Council consists of

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Detroit, Mich. – The National UAW-Ford Council convened today and voted to send the proposed Tentative Agreement with Ford Motor Company for a ratification vote of UAW members. In doing so, the UAW released details of the tentative agreement as approved by the UAW-Ford National Negotiators and the Council.

The National UAW-Ford Council consists of Ford local leaders nationwide.

Local Unions will now proceed with informational meetings and ratification votes at all Ford local unions to be held beginning November 4 with all local votes due into Detroit on November 15.

“This contract provides over $6 Billion in new product investment creating and retaining over 8500 jobs. We are proud that UAW-Ford members through this contract will continue to be the largest U.S. auto workforce and build the most products here at home,” said Rory Gamble, UAW Vice President and Director of the UAW-Ford Department. “This contract reflects the hard work, sacrifice and quality work of UAW members as they lead the U.S. auto industry.”

Gamble said there are significant gains in the agreement including a pathway for full-time Temporary Workers to full-time status; a pathway for all current Ford UAW members to full pay; holding the line on health care costs; and significant job security gains.

“UAW Ford members have created an environment for growth in products and jobs, and a serious commitment by Ford Motor Company to grow their footprint right here in the U.S.,” said Gary Jones, President of the UAW. “This contract continues a strong pattern that gives all workers a path to traditional wages and maintains the job security and benefits our members deserve.”

CLICK HERE FOR THE PROPOSED TENTATIVE AGREEMENT

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UAW National Negotiators Vote To Send Proposed Tentative Agreement to National UAW-Ford Council https://uaw.org/uaw-national-negotiators-vote-send-proposed-tentative-agreement-national-uaw-ford-council/ Thu, 31 Oct 2019 00:54:53 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=26714 Detroit –  The UAW Ford National Negotiators, UAW President Gary Jones along with UAW Vice President Rory Gamble, Director of the Ford Department, have announced that they have reached a proposed tentative agreement. “Our national negotiators elected by their local unions have voted to recommend to the UAW-Ford National Council the proposed tentative agreement,” said

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Detroit –  The UAW Ford National Negotiators, UAW President Gary Jones along with UAW Vice President Rory Gamble, Director of the Ford Department, have announced that they have reached a proposed tentative agreement.

“Our national negotiators elected by their local unions have voted to recommend to the UAW-Ford National Council the proposed tentative agreement,” said Gamble. “Our negotiating team worked diligently during the General Motors strike to maintain productive negotiations with Ford. The pattern bargaining strategy has been a very effective approach for UAW and its members to secure economic gains around salary, benefits and secured over $6 billion in major product investments in American facilities, creating and retaining over 8,500 jobs for our communities.”

“Out of respect for our members, we will refrain from commenting or releasing full details of the agreement until the UAW-Ford Council leaders meet and review the details,” said Gamble.

UAW President Gary Jones thanked the national negotiators for their hard work. “Vice President Gamble, his staff and the Ford negotiating team have worked tirelessly to reach an agreement that preserves job security and rewards UAW Ford members for their quality work,” said Jones. “These were long and hard hours, but I feel confident they were able to secure a contract that protects our member’s future.”

The UAW-Ford National Council will meet to go over details of the proposed Tentative Agreement. If adopted as a Tentative Agreement, it will go to all Ford hourly and salary members for a ratification vote.

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Do you really know that news source? https://uaw.org/really-know-news-source/ Tue, 29 Oct 2019 18:18:55 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=26701 Conservative media companies like Sinclair Broadcast Group have become known for buying up local outlets they rebrand with ideologically aligned content. But Mr. Grossmann noted that the minimal advertising on the Michigan websites — along with their promotional push on Facebook — may signal that profits are not the main goal. “It doesn’t look like a business enterprise,”

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Conservative media companies like Sinclair Broadcast Group have become known for buying up local outlets they rebrand with ideologically aligned content. But Mr. Grossmann noted that the minimal advertising on the Michigan websites — along with their promotional push on Facebook — may signal that profits are not the main goal.

“It doesn’t look like a business enterprise,” he said. “News is struggling in general. It looks more like they’re trying to influence the political debate by targeting people who are already interested in that content.”

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President Gary Jones statement on recent loss of labor leaders Cummings and Conyers https://uaw.org/president-gary-jones-statement-recent-loss-labor-leaders-cummings-conyers/ Mon, 28 Oct 2019 19:38:49 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=26694 “All Americans and all UAW members lost giants of the labor and civil rights movements these last few days.” UAW MOURNS THE DEATH OF REP. ELIJAH CUMMINGS “Rep. Elijah Cummings stood as a giant of dignity, perseverance and duty as he advanced an agenda for hard working Americans. Rep. Cummings was a friend of labor

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“All Americans and all UAW members lost giants of the labor and civil rights movements these last few days.”

UAW MOURNS THE DEATH OF REP. ELIJAH CUMMINGS

“Rep. Elijah Cummings stood as a giant of dignity, perseverance and duty as he advanced an agenda for hard working Americans. Rep. Cummings was a friend of labor and stood for fairness and dignity in the workplace. At the UAW we honor his service and his legacy.

To Rep. Cummings family we offer our condolence and our thanks for his service.”

UAW MOURNS THE DEATH OF FORMER REP. JOHN CONYERS

“Rep. John Conyers was one of us at the UAW before embarking on a long legacy in Congress. Rep. Conyers championed labor and the UAW. He helped found the Congressional Black Caucus and helped shape the America we are today through landmark civil rights legislation. UAW members honor his legacy spanning over 50 years of fighting on our behalf and in making our nation a better, kinder place to work and raise a family.

To Rep. Conyers family we offer our condolence and our thanks for his service.”

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UAW Selects Ford for Bargaining https://uaw.org/uaw-selects-ford-bargaining/ Fri, 25 Oct 2019 21:15:22 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=26687 Detroit – UAW President Gary Jones announced today that the union will proceed with pattern bargaining at Ford. “Now that the General Motors strike has ended and the agreement has been ratified, we will proceed to Ford working with UAW Vice President Rory Gamble, Director of the UAW Ford Department and their staff.”

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Detroit – UAW President Gary Jones announced today that the union will proceed with pattern bargaining at Ford.

“Now that the General Motors strike has ended and the agreement has been ratified, we will proceed to Ford working with UAW Vice President Rory Gamble, Director of the UAW Ford Department and their staff.”

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UAW General Motors Members Ratify Contract https://uaw.org/uaw-general-motors-members-ratify-contract/ Fri, 25 Oct 2019 19:50:43 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=26682 Longest National Automotive Strike in Nearly 50 Years Ends Detroit  ̶  UAW General Motors members ratified the 2019 Collective Bargaining Agreement this evening ending the longest automotive strike in 50 years. “General Motors members have spoken,” said Terry Dittes, UAW Vice President and Director of the UAW-GM Department. “We are all so incredibly proud of

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Longest National Automotive Strike in Nearly 50 Years Ends

Detroit  ̶  UAW General Motors members ratified the 2019 Collective Bargaining Agreement this evening ending the longest automotive strike in 50 years.

“General Motors members have spoken,” said Terry Dittes, UAW Vice President and Director of the UAW-GM Department. “We are all so incredibly proud of UAW-GM members who captured the hearts and minds of a nation. Their sacrifice and courageous stand addressed the two-tier wages structure and permanent temporary worker classification that has plagued working class Americans.”

With ratification of the contract, the UAW members strike has ended, and workers will begin to report to work as instructed by General Motors.

The ratified contract includes an economic package of an $11,000 per member signing bonus, performance bonuses, two 3% annual raises and two 4% lump sum payments and holding the line on health care costs.

“We want to once again thank our members’ families and their local communities for their outpouring of support,” said UAW President Gary Jones. “Our members not only joined together in solidarity but felt the support of their whole community throughout this important stand.”

The UAW will announce the next pattern bargaining company, FCA or Ford shortly.

 

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UAW Aramark Members Ratify Contract https://uaw.org/uaw-aramark-members-ratify-contract/ Fri, 25 Oct 2019 19:48:21 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=26679 Detroit  ̶  UAW Aramark members ratified the 2019 Collective Bargaining Agreement this evening. With ratification of the contract, the UAW members will begin to report to work as instructed by Aramark. Aramark workers had suspended their strike pending ratification. The Aramark ratified contract includes significant gains in job security, wages, and health care benefits. “Aramark

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Detroit  ̶  UAW Aramark members ratified the 2019 Collective Bargaining Agreement this evening.

With ratification of the contract, the UAW members will begin to report to work as instructed by Aramark. Aramark workers had suspended their strike pending ratification.

The Aramark ratified contract includes significant gains in job security, wages, and health care benefits.

“Aramark members showed tremendous strength throughout their strike. We want to thank their families and local communities for their outpouring of support,” said UAW Vice President Terry Dittes.

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UAW Reached Tentative Agreement with Mack Trucks https://uaw.org/uaw-reached-tentative-agreement-mack-trucks/ Thu, 24 Oct 2019 23:14:45 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=26664 UAW Reached Tentative Agreement with Mack Trucks Strike Ends with Gains   The UAW Mack Truck Council announced that they have reached a tentative agreement today, suspending a nearly two-week strike. “Through great sacrifice, UAW members at Mack have achieved significant gains toward fair pay, benefits and job security protections,” said UAW Secretary-Treasurer and Director

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UAW Reached Tentative Agreement with Mack Trucks
Strike Ends with Gains

 

The UAW Mack Truck Council announced that they have reached a tentative agreement today, suspending a nearly two-week strike.

“Through great sacrifice, UAW members at Mack have achieved significant gains toward fair pay, benefits and job security protections,” said UAW Secretary-Treasurer and Director of the UAW Heavy Truck Department, Ray Curry.

Curry said the strike will be suspended and Mack workers will be scheduled to return to their jobs. “It is not easy to strike for a member or their family,” said Curry. “It is impressive the unity that Mack UAW members and their families have shown. We can’t thank enough the surrounding communities for the outpouring of support for our striking families.”

Details of the tentative agreement will be withheld until UAW members can be briefed prior to ratification. “Out of respect for our members, we will refrain from discussing details publicly until they can be fully briefed. Ultimately it is our members’ contract, and UAW Mack members will make the final decision as they vote.”

Mack Trucks has facilities in Macungie, PA; Middletown, PA; Hagerstown, MD; Baltimore, MD; and Jacksonville, FL.

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Community and National Support Has Fueled UAW Strike https://uaw.org/community-national-support-fueled-uaw-strike/ Wed, 23 Oct 2019 15:40:42 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=26528 For over one month, 48,000 UAW members have been on strike across the country in hopes of securing a fair contract with General Motors. Twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, members have taken turns holding the picket line, running their union halls, and distributing donations to keep members fed and sustained throughout

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For over one month, 48,000 UAW members have been on strike across the country in hopes of securing a fair contract with General Motors. Twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, members have taken turns holding the picket line, running their union halls, and distributing donations to keep members fed and sustained throughout the strike.

UAW members and their families have willingly sacrificed in order to secure higher wages and stronger benefits for thousands of American workers. Operating on just $275 a week in strike pay, members have been courageous in the face of financial hardship, and continue to stand together to demand dignity and respect for America’s middle class.

In addition to UAW members and their families, the extreme generosity of local businesses, faith leaders, elected officials, and regular citizens has allowed us to stand strong during this historic strike.

Union pantries overflowing with food donations have filled the bellies of children whose parents are going without regular paychecks. Discounts at local restaurants, free oil changes, and free haircuts have allowed families to avoid major disruptions to their daily lives while budgets are tight. Everyday people and members from other local unions taking to the picket line to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with members on strike. These incredible acts of solidarity have demonstrated to UAW members that their communities and leaders are standing with them in the struggle for a fair contract.

Thanks to the outpouring of national and community support, UAW members know that the American people will support them through the remainder of this strike, and that regular citizens can be counted on to defend the rights of working people, both now and into the future. 

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Statement from UAW President Gary Jones and UAW Vice President Terry Dittes on the death of UAW Spring Hill Member Roy A. McCombs https://uaw.org/statement-uaw-president-gary-jones-uaw-vice-president-terry-dittes-death-uaw-spring-hill-member-roy-mccombs/ Tue, 22 Oct 2019 15:55:17 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=26644 Roy A. McCombs tragically lost his life today on a picket line standing up for a better life for himself and his coworkers. On behalf of the UAW, we offer condolences to Brother McCombs and family, friends and co-workers.  Today’s accident is heartbreaking for UAW Spring Hill members. We will continue to work to ensure

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Roy A. McCombs tragically lost his life today on a picket line standing up for a better life for himself and his coworkers. On behalf of the UAW, we offer condolences to Brother McCombs and family, friends and co-workers.  Today’s accident is heartbreaking for UAW Spring Hill members. We will continue to work to ensure that safety is a priority on the picket line.

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UAW reached tentative agreement with General Dynamics https://uaw.org/uaw-reached-tentative-agreement-general-dynamics/ Mon, 21 Oct 2019 13:34:53 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=26629 DETROIT – UAW members at General Dynamics Corporation have announced that they have reached tentative agreement today. “The bargaining committees at General Dynamics have worked hard to reach a fair agreement for our members that protects job security, wages and benefits,” said UAW Secretary-Treasurer Ray Curry, director of the UAW General Dynamics Department. General Dynamics

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DETROIT – UAW members at General Dynamics Corporation have announced that they have reached tentative agreement today.

“The bargaining committees at General Dynamics have worked hard to reach a fair agreement for our members that protects job security, wages and benefits,” said UAW Secretary-Treasurer Ray Curry, director of the UAW General Dynamics Department.

General Dynamics  is the fifth largest defense contractor in the United States and has UAW members at manufacturing plants in Lima, Oh, Scranton, PA and Sterling Heights, MI.

Details of the contract will be withheld until UAW members can be briefed on the Tentative Agreement prior to ratification. “Out of respect for our members we will refrain on discussing details publicly until they can be fully briefed. Ultimately it is our members contract, and UAW General Dynamic members will make the final decision as they vote.”

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UAW Mack Truck Members Strike – Update https://uaw.org/uaw-mack-truck-members-strike-2/ Fri, 18 Oct 2019 18:56:48 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=26605 UAW Mack Truck workers sacrifice for fair pay, benefits and job security protections Detroit – Approaching a week, UAW Mack Truck workers continue to strike for fair pay, benefits and job security protections. “We appreciate the picket line solidarity of our members across three states and six locations as they work for a fair contract,” said

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UAW Mack Truck workers sacrifice for fair pay, benefits and job security protections

Detroit – Approaching a week, UAW Mack Truck workers continue to strike for fair pay, benefits and job security protections.

“We appreciate the picket line solidarity of our members across three states and six locations as they work for a fair contract,” said UAW Secretary-Treasurer Ray Curry, director of the UAW Heavy Truck Department.

Curry said there has been an outpouring of community support. “It is not easy to strike – on workers, on their families, and on their communities,” said Curry. “Public support means so much in a time of struggle for what is right.”

Bargaining will restart on Monday and Curry said he hopes for progress with Mack Truck executives.

“Mack Truck members want a new agreement that is in their best interest. Our members and the company’s employees deserve job security for the future.”

Curry reiterated that UAW members get up every day and put in long hard hours of work from designing to building Mack trucks. “UAW members carry on their shoulders the profits of Mack and they are simply asking for dignity, fair pay and job protections.”

“The last four years we have helped Mack Truck make significant profit through our work,” said Doug Irvine, President of Local 2301 and President of the Mack Truck Council. “All we are asking is that the company treat us with the dignity and respect we deserve in making them successful.”

Mack Truck has plants in Allentown, PA; Middletown, PA; Hagerstown, MD; Baltimore, MD; and Jacksonville, FL.

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UAW GM National Council Votes to Send Tentative Agreement to Members for Ratification https://uaw.org/uaw-gm-national-council-votes-send-tentative-agreement-members-ratification/ Thu, 17 Oct 2019 23:29:52 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=26591 UAW GM National Council Votes to Send Tentative Agreement to Members for Ratification UAW Members to Stay on Strike until Ratification Local General Motors UAW leaders from around the country today announced that the UAW GM National Council voted to accept the Tentative Agreement with General Motors. UAW workers will remain on strike until ratification.

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UAW GM National Council Votes to Send Tentative Agreement to Members for Ratification

UAW Members to Stay on Strike until Ratification

Local General Motors UAW leaders from around the country today announced that the UAW GM National Council voted to accept the Tentative Agreement with General Motors. UAW workers will remain on strike until ratification.

The ratification informational meetings and vote will take place beginning Saturday, October 19 and ending Friday, October 25, 2019. Members should contact their UAW Locals for dates and times for meetings and voting.

“We thank the public for their support during the strike and their continued support as UAW GM members review the tentative agreement,” UAW Vice President and Director of the General Motors Department Terry Dittes said. “Ultimately, UAW members will make the decision to ratify the agreement. Their unity and solidarity brought us to this moment.”

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See the Summary of the Tentative Agreement at GM https://uaw.org/see-summary-tentative-agreement-gm/ Thu, 17 Oct 2019 16:18:45 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=26542                    

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UAW-GM Negotiations – Tentative Agreement – Update #8 https://uaw.org/uaw-gm-negotiations-tentative-agreement-update-8/ Wed, 16 Oct 2019 16:59:08 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=26501 Dear Union Brothers and Sisters: We just reached a Tentative Agreement with GM a short time ago, today, Wednesday, October 16, 2019. We will go over the details when the Council meets tomorrow morning in Detroit. On behalf of the entire staff here in Negotiations, we want to thank you for your support. In the

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Dear Union Brothers and Sisters:

We just reached a Tentative Agreement with GM a short time ago, today, Wednesday, October 16, 2019. We will go over the details when the Council meets tomorrow morning in Detroit.

On behalf of the entire staff here in Negotiations, we want to thank you for your support.

In the meantime, continue the picket lines until after the UAW-GM National Council concludes business tomorrow, Thursday, October 17, 2019, and then you will receive further instructions.

In solidarity,

Terry Dittes
Vice President and Director
UAW General Motors Department

 

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UAW National Negotiators Send Proposed Tentative Agreement to UAW National GM Council for Approval https://uaw.org/uaw-national-negotiators-send-proposed-tentative-agreement-uaw-national-gm-council-approval/ Wed, 16 Oct 2019 15:52:44 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=26499 The UAW National Negotiators, elected by their local unions, achieved major wins for UAW-GM members in the Proposed Tentative Agreement. Detroit – Today, after five weeks of intense negotiations, the UAW GM National Negotiators and UAW GM Vice President Terry Dittes announced the achievement of a Proposed Tentative Agreement with General Motors. The elected national

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The UAW National Negotiators, elected by their local unions, achieved major wins for UAW-GM members in the Proposed Tentative Agreement.

Detroit – Today, after five weeks of intense negotiations, the UAW GM National Negotiators and UAW GM Vice President Terry Dittes announced the achievement of a Proposed Tentative Agreement with General Motors. The elected national negotiators voted to recommend the UAW GM National Council accept the Proposed Tentative Agreement as the agreement represents major gains for UAW workers.

“The number one priority of the national negotiation team has been to secure a strong and fair contract that our members deserve,” said UAW Vice President Terry Dittes, Director of the UAW GM Department.  Out of respect for our members, we will refrain from commenting on the details until the UAW GM leaders gather together and receive all details.

“We are extremely grateful to the thousands of Americans who donated goods and helped our striking workers and their families. As we await the Council’s decision, please know that the outpouring of community and national support will be etched in the memories of all of us at the UAW for years to come,” said Dittes.

“The dignity, grace, and solidarity demonstrated by our members during the last few weeks are prime examples of what this union is all about — supporting one another in the good and bad times and never giving up,” said UAW President Gary Jones. “Our more than 48,000 members standing their ground have captured the hearts and minds of people across this country. I could not be prouder of our brothers and sisters, our National Negotiators, and the National Council as they continue to fight one day longer to secure the best deal for our members,” said Jones.

On September 15, the UAW GM National Council voted to strike. The UAW GM National Council will meet and review details on October 17, 2019 in a private meeting, at which time they will vote on whether to recommend it to the full UAW-GM membership for ratification.

Until the Council reviews and votes to approve the proposed tentative agreement the strike will continue. During the October 17 meeting, the Council will decide whether to continue the strike until ratification concludes or to stop the strike at the time of the Council’s approval of the agreement.

Once the UAW National GM Council votes to approve the proposed tentative agreement, the contract language will become a Tentative Agreement and shared with the full membership.

Ultimately, the agreement will not be ratified until UAW-GM membership across the U.S. votes to approve it.

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GM Strike Update: Week 5 https://uaw.org/gm-strike-update-week-5/ Mon, 14 Oct 2019 19:51:43 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=26475 Today marks the start of the 5th week since UAW members began their strike at General Motors. Members continue to stand strong, despite the challenges that the strike poses for themselves and their families. Yesterday, UAW Vice President Terry Dittes filmed a video message for members on strike at GM, thanking them for their sacrifices

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Today marks the start of the 5th week since UAW members began their strike at General Motors. Members continue to stand strong, despite the challenges that the strike poses for themselves and their families.

Yesterday, UAW Vice President Terry Dittes filmed a video message for members on strike at GM, thanking them for their sacrifices and reinforcing the power of workers’ voices when we stand together in solidarity. Click here to watch the video on Facebook.

Members and supporters also gathered at Solidarity Sunday events across the country to show their support. If you attended an event, be sure to share your photos on social media and tag the UAW International Union!

If you’re looking for a way to help support our union brothers and sisters on the picket lines, visit our GM Bargaining site for information about local picket lines and resources in your area: https://uaw.org/gmbargaining.

 

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UAW Mack Truck Members Strike https://uaw.org/uaw-mack-truck-members-strike/ Sun, 13 Oct 2019 15:19:26 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=26468 “We are standing up for fair pay and benefits for our families” Standing up for fair pay, benefits and job protections for over 3,600 workers in 6 locations across the U.S. “UAW members get up every day and put in long, hard hours of work from designing to building Mack trucks,” said Ray Curry, Secretary-Treasurer

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“We are standing up for fair pay and benefits for our families”

Standing up for fair pay, benefits and job protections for over 3,600 workers in 6 locations across the U.S.

“UAW members get up every day and put in long, hard hours of work from designing to building Mack trucks,” said Ray Curry, Secretary-Treasurer of the UAW and Director of the Heavy Truck Department. “UAW members carry on their shoulders the profits of Mack and they are simply asking for dignity, fair pay and job protections.”

Unresolved issues by Mack Truck include:  wage increases, job security, COLA, wage progression, skilled trades, shift premium, holiday schedules, work schedules, health and safety, seniority, pension, 401(k), healthcare and prescription drug coverage, overtime, subcontracting, and temporary/supplemental workers.

“Based on our strong past relationship with the Mack Truck group, we are confident that further discussion of these, and other open issues, will result in progress toward the goal of a contract that works for both the Company and its UAW members,” said Curry. “But the fact remains, that our members are united in standing together to strike until Mack agrees to resolve these significant issues.”

“The last four years we have helped Mack Truck make significant profit through our work,” said Doug Irvine, President of Local 2301 and President of the Mack Truck Council. “All we are asking is that the company treat us with the dignity and respect we deserve in making them successful.”

Mack Truck has plants in Allentown, PA; Middletown, PA; Hagerstown, MD; Baltimore, MD; and Jacksonville, FL.

Local Unions Striking:
Local 677 Allentown, PA
Local 677 Middletown, PA
Local 171 Hagerstown, MD
Local 1247 Hagerstown, MD
Local 2301 Baltimore, MD
Local 2420 Jacksonville, FL

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UAW Increases Strike Pay, Allows for Part-Time Work During Strike https://uaw.org/uaw-increases-strike-pay-allows-part-time-work-strike/ Sat, 12 Oct 2019 20:27:28 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=26462 The United Auto Workers International Executive Board voted in a motion Saturday morning to authorize increased strike pay to $275 per week for all UAW members on strike and allow members striking at General Motors and Aramark to take on part-time jobs without reducing their strike pay – as long as they perform their picket duty. The increased payment and

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The United Auto Workers International Executive Board voted in a motion Saturday morning to authorize increased strike pay to $275 per week for all UAW members on strike and allow members striking at General Motors and Aramark to take on part-time jobs without reducing their strike pay – as long as they perform their picket duty.

The increased payment and authorization for part-time work will be put in effect Sunday, October 13, 2019.

“UAW members and their families are sacrificing for all of us,” said Gary Jones, President of the UAW. “We are all standing together for our future. This action reflects the UAW commitment and solidarity to all of our members and their families who are taking a courageous stand together to protect our middle-class way of life.”

This decision provides all striking UAW members with an advanced increase in strike pay that was initially slated to increase from $250 to $275 on January 1, 2020, after action by the UAW’s International Executive Board prior to the 2019 Special Bargaining Convention.

Previously part-time work that exceeded the $250 strike pay would void payment of UAW member strike pay benefit. The decision made during the executive board’s special session now allows all members on strike with GM and Aramark to receive both increased strike pay and take on part-time work that provides more than $275 per week as long as picket duty is performed.

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UAW Member’s Petition Generates Over 30,000 Signatures in Just Four Days https://uaw.org/uaw-members-petition-generates-30000-signatures-just-four-days/ Sat, 12 Oct 2019 17:46:22 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=26429 UAW members have now been on the picket line for over four weeks in hopes of securing a fair contract with General Motors. With members now gathering strike pay of just $275 per week, the real sacrifice and bravery of these striking workers has become clear to those following their struggle for fair wages and

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UAW members have now been on the picket line for over four weeks in hopes of securing a fair contract with General Motors. With members now gathering strike pay of just $275 per week, the real sacrifice and bravery of these striking workers has become clear to those following their struggle for fair wages and decent benefits.

As news and stories about the strike ripple across the country, more Americans than ever before are coming out to stand with workers and show their solidarity for workers during this critical moment in labor history.

UAW member Meme Edwards created an online petition calling on everyday people to support striking workers by joining UAW members in asking GM to give them a fair contract: 

“Let’s be honest here. General Motors made billions of dollars in profits last year. We build the products that made those profits possible. We’re just asking for a fair share based on all that General Motors workers do for the company and the American public. GM needs to come to the table in good faith and negotiate an equitable contract.”

In just a few days, Meme’s petition on MoveOn garnered over 30,000 signatures. We urge you to stand in solidarity with Meme and her fellow UAW brothers and sisters by signing and sharing her petition now.

 

Sign here >>>

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UAW Strike Update from UAW Vice President Terry Dittes https://uaw.org/uaw-strike-update-uaw-vice-president-terry-dittes/ Sat, 12 Oct 2019 00:22:58 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=26449 Dear Union Brothers and Sisters: A short time ago, today, Friday, October 11, 2019, we counterproposed to the Company’s last offer which included all of your outstanding proposals that are all at the main table and unsettled. With this latest comprehensive proposal, if GM accepts and agrees to this group of proposals, we will have

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Dear Union Brothers and Sisters:

A short time ago, today, Friday, October 11, 2019, we counterproposed to the Company’s last offer which included all of your outstanding proposals that are all at the main table and unsettled.

With this latest comprehensive proposal, if GM accepts and agrees to this group of proposals, we will have a Tentative Agreement.

A Tentative Agreement will also include a review and approval of all language issues as well as the economic terms approved by your elected Bargaining Committee.

We will continue to work, again, over this weekend to reach a Tentative Agreement on your behalf.

Brothers and Sisters, your support and perseverance has provided this entire bargaining team the energy to keep pushing and fighting for you, your families, your communities and all the working men and women in this country.

 

As always,

Terry Dittes

Vice President and Director

UAW General Motors Department

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OFFICIAL UAW STATEMENT: UAW URGES GENERAL MOTORS TO STOP PLAYING GAMES AT THE EXPENSE OF WORKERS https://uaw.org/official-uaw-statement-uaw-urges-general-motors-stop-playing-games-expense-workers/ Fri, 11 Oct 2019 16:05:11 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=26443 Since the beginning of this negotiation, GM has not taken the issue of our more than 48,000 members seriously. In fact, at every step of the way, GM has attempted to undermine the ongoing, good-faith efforts the UAW has made to end this strike. The company’s strategy from day one has been to play games

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Since the beginning of this negotiation, GM has not taken the issue of our more than 48,000 members seriously. In fact, at every step of the way, GM has attempted to undermine the ongoing, good-faith efforts the UAW has made to end this strike.

The company’s strategy from day one has been to play games at the expense of the workers. It has released half-truths, ripped away health care in the middle of the night and it reverted to previously weak and unacceptable proposals in response to the UAW’s comprehensive solutions.

Our members are ready to get back to work, but GM is purposefully stalling the process to starve UAW-GM workers off the picket lines to protect millions of dollars of corporate bonuses.

These delaying tactics have human costs. Families are suffering, from Detroit to Texas to New York. This strike has been and continues to be about securing the American workers’ future.

The UAW continues to stay at the table night and day to get a good deal for our workers and to end this strike. We demand fair, middle class wages, quality benefits, a better pathway for temporary workers and job security.

Our workers are behind us in this fight for a strong deal:

  • Brian Kennedy – Aurora, CO: “We’re all out here doing our duty,” says Brian Kennedy, a spokesman for UAW Local 431. “We’re in support of our leadership; we know that they’re going to do the right thing. GM upper management is doing more damage to their public perception than they would really want.” … “The better unions do, the better everybody does. The rising tide lifts all boats.”
  • Ben Wells – Lake Orion, MI: “When I started, I made fourteen dollars and twelve cents an hour,” said Ben Wells. “I worked directly across the line from a woman who made twenty-eight dollars. We did the exact same job—and she had a full pension.”
  • Teddy Maldonado – Buffalo, NY: “I’m thankful during this time that I can depend on my UAW brothers and sisters. When GM cut our health care coverage, the UAW stepped up to provide medical assistance. That’s what it means to have our back. If you know a UAW worker or their family, it’s time to support one another. Whether they are your neighbor, your friend or your family member, now is the time to stand together and support them as they fight for their fair share.”

It was our members and the American taxpayer who made their own sacrifices to protect this company in its darkest days. It’s time GM stops playing games and starts believing in and investing in the future of our members.

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UAW-GM Negotiations – Strike Day 23 – Update #6 https://uaw.org/uaw-gm-negotiations-strike-day-23-update-6/ Tue, 08 Oct 2019 22:52:46 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=26427 RE: UAW-GM Negotiations – Day 23 Strike – Update #6 Dear Union Brothers and Sisters: Each of you are aware of the UAW’s core values when we enter a set of negotiations. Issues like wages, healthcare, pension, health and safety, etc. have been part of the UAW fabric for over 80 years! All of us

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RE: UAW-GM Negotiations – Day 23 Strike – Update #6

Dear Union Brothers and Sisters:

Each of you are aware of the UAW’s core values when we enter a set of negotiations. Issues like wages, healthcare, pension, health and safety, etc. have been part of the UAW fabric for over 80 years!

All of us here, in this set of negotiations, are very concerned about the issue of job security. Job security impacts you, your families, and the communities where we live and work.

On day 23 of our strike, this still remains as one of our top agenda items with little progress to report. Economic gains in this Agreement will mean nothing without job security. Collectively, we are fighting for a middle-class way of life.

The lack of commitment by GM to our UAW-GM locations has weighed heavily on all of us trying to get the best contract for you and your families. We have openly told GM that we do not see a solid commitment to this talented and skilled workforce that has made them billions of dollars in profits. We have made it clear that there is no job security for us when GM products are made in other countries for the purpose of selling them here in the U.S.A. We believe that the vehicles GM sells here should be built here. We don’t understand GM’s opposition to this proposition. We are willing to discuss other ways to ensure real job security during the term of this Agreement, but building more world-class vehicles at our UAW-GM locations is the best solution for our Members, our families, our communities and GM.

We will continue to negotiate to reach a Tentative Agreement, but we wanted to clarify our stance on real job security for all of you.

Thank you for standing strong as one and making us proud to represent you.

In solidarity,

Terry Dittes
Vice President and Director
UAW General Motors Department

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Update – Aramark – Strike Day 24 https://uaw.org/update-aramark-strike-day-24/ Tue, 08 Oct 2019 17:00:35 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=26424 Dear Union Brothers and Sisters: Our Members at Aramark, which are from UAW Regions 1, 1D and 2B, are on strike for the 24th consecutive day. We continue to meet with the Company and are still not in agreement on key issues such as wages and healthcare. We thank you for your sacrifices and loyalty

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Dear Union Brothers and Sisters:

Our Members at Aramark, which are from UAW Regions 1, 1D and 2B, are on strike for the 24th consecutive day.

We continue to meet with the Company and are still not in agreement on key issues such as wages and healthcare.

We thank you for your sacrifices and loyalty during this difficult time.  We will continue to work hard on your behalf to reach a Tentative Agreement that is good for you and your families!

In solidarity,

Terry Dittes
Vice President and Director
UAW General Motors Department

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Correspondence from UAW-GM Vice President Terry Dittes on the Rejection of Package Proposal https://uaw.org/correspondence-uaw-gm-vice-president-terry-dittes-rejection-package-proposal/ Sun, 06 Oct 2019 18:48:13 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=26416 Email correspondence from UAW Vice President Terry Dittes to Scott Sandefur, Vice President, GMNA Labor Relations: October 6, 2019 RE: UAW-GM Negotiations – Rejection of Package Proposal Mr. Sandefur: On Saturday, October 5, 2019, the Union presented an extensive proposal package at 5:35 pm. This package addressed a minimum of (35) hourly proposals and three (3) salaried proposals. Our extensive proposal package

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Email correspondence from UAW Vice President Terry Dittes to Scott Sandefur, Vice President, GMNA Labor Relations:

October 6, 2019

RE: UAW-GM Negotiations – Rejection of Package Proposal

Mr. Sandefur:

On Saturday, October 5, 2019, the Union presented an extensive proposal package at 5:35 pm. This package addressed a minimum of (35) hourly proposals and three (3) salaried proposals. Our extensive proposal package was an effort to move this set of negotiations to the next step to reach a Tentative Agreement.

During your response to our proposal delivered at 9:05 am today, Sunday, October 6, 2019, you didn’t even have a professional courtesy to explain why you could not accept or why you rejected our package proposal for each item we addressed. We expect the Company to respond and discuss the package proposal we presented yesterday. The law and basic decency require no less.

Sincerely,

Terry Dittes
Vice President and Director
UAW General Motors Department

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Update from UAW-GM Vice President Terry Dittes https://uaw.org/update-uaw-gm-vice-president-terry-dittes/ Sun, 06 Oct 2019 16:48:31 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=26414 RE: UAW-GM Negotiations Update #5 (URGENT) Dear Union Brothers and Sisters: On Saturday, October 5, 2019, your Bargaining Committee, along with the UAW International Staff, prepared an extensive package proposal and presented it to the Company at 5:35 pm. Our proposal addressed issues of wages, signing bonus, job security, pensions, skilled trades, profit sharing, transfer

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RE: UAW-GM Negotiations Update #5 (URGENT)

Dear Union Brothers and Sisters:

On Saturday, October 5, 2019, your Bargaining Committee, along with the UAW International Staff, prepared an extensive package proposal and presented it to the Company at 5:35 pm. Our proposal addressed issues of wages, signing bonus, job security, pensions, skilled trades, profit sharing, transfer rights; to name just a few.

This morning, Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 9:05 am, GM provided a response. The Company’s response did not address our extensive package provided last evening. They reverted back to their last rejected proposal and made little change. The Company’s response did nothing to advance a whole host of issues that are important to you and your families! It did nothing to provide job security during the term of this Agreement.

We, in this Union, could not be more disappointed with General Motors who refuse to recognize the experience and talent of our Membership who make their world-class products and billions of dollars in profits.

Brothers and Sisters, after making some progress on important issues a couple of days ago, the Company has shown an unwillingness to fairly compensate the great workforce of the UAW.

These negotiations have taken a turn for the worse. Your issues are our issues, and our strength is with you, our great Membership. We will continue to negotiate on behalf of you, your families and all workers in our country.

In solidarity,

Terry Dittes
Vice President and Director
UAW General Motors Department

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Update from UAW-GM Vice President Terry Dittes to GM Members https://uaw.org/update-uaw-gm-vice-president-terry-dittes-gm-members-strike-day-19/ Fri, 04 Oct 2019 21:59:06 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=26410 National Strike – Day 19 Dear Union Brothers and Sisters: Since the last update, we have made good progress regarding the issues of health care and a path for temporary employees becoming seniority members. We still have several of your proposals outstanding and unsettled like wages, job security, skilled trades and pension. The staff and

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National Strike – Day 19

Dear Union Brothers and Sisters:

Since the last update, we have made good progress regarding the issues of health care and a path for temporary employees becoming seniority members.

We still have several of your proposals outstanding and unsettled like wages, job security, skilled trades and pension.

The staff and your elected Bargaining Committee from both hourly and salary have been working long hours and aggressively addressing your needs. We will continue to work over the weekend in an attempt to reach a Tentative Agreement on behalf of you and your families.

Thank you for standing strong and making sacrifices for the good of all.

In solidarity,

Terry Dittes
Vice President and Director
UAW General Motors Department

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UAW-FCA Negotiations Update https://uaw.org/uaw-fca-negotiations-update/ Fri, 04 Oct 2019 15:48:51 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=26403 Greetings: We continue to follow the strategy of pattern bargaining by targeting a lead company to negotiate with. As you know the UAW continues to strike General Motors. They are completing their third week and our brothers and sisters at the UAW-GM Locals need our support now more than ever. I ask all of you

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Greetings:

We continue to follow the strategy of pattern bargaining by targeting a lead company to negotiate with. As you know the UAW continues to strike General Motors. They are completing their third week and our brothers and sisters at the UAW-GM Locals need our support now more than ever. I ask all of you to donate your time and visit the picket lines during your off-work hours. I know many of you have, but make sure to let them know that the membership of UAW-FCA thanks them for the sacrifice they are making for all of us. They will set the pattern for us to follow.

Your UAW-FCA Bargaining Committee continue to meet daily with the company in subcommittees. Some of the committees are close to completing to the point where the only issues left are economic or patterned that will be resolved once the UAW-GM negotiations are settled. Our current goal is to have all your non-economic and non-institutional demands resolved before our turn to settle comes.

Negotiating agreements as large and complex as ours takes time and the process has many ups and downs. While the UAW Negotiating Team at GM is leading the bargaining, I would like to commend your elected UAW-FCA National Negotiators for their focus and hard work negotiating your demands.

We all thank you for your continued support and through solidarity we will prevail in our endeavor to reach an agreement that you can be proud of.

Sincerely,

Cindy Estrada
Vice President and Director
UAW FCA Department

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UAW-Ford Negotiations Update #3 https://uaw.org/uaw-ford-negotiations-update-3/ Thu, 03 Oct 2019 17:05:32 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=26401 Greetings Union Brothers and Sisters: We have made significant progress in this set of negotiations since I last updated you on Wednesday, September 18, 2019. At this time, we now have 18 out of 20 subcommittees that have reached tentative agreements or have negotiated to the point that only patterned or large economic items remain

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Greetings Union Brothers and Sisters:

We have made significant progress in this set of negotiations since I last updated you on Wednesday, September 18, 2019. At this time, we now have 18 out of 20 subcommittees that have reached tentative agreements or have negotiated to the point that only patterned or large economic items remain open for discussion.

We will continue to meet diligently on all outstanding subcommittee issues. Please understand that negotiations are very fluid and is constantly in a state of flux. Therefore, we are unable during the negotiation process to disclose items being negotiated in detail. What I can report for now is that UAW-Ford negotiations are progressing very well.

By utilizing the core UAW principal of Pattern Bargaining, our members have the best chance to procure strong collective bargaining agreements for all three companies. However, on occasion Pattern Bargaining will delay the non-target companies bargaining timeline.

While the UAW-GM bargaining team continue to set the pattern by negotiating first, we remain ready and able to complete our negotiations when called upon. We are currently developing a plan to deliver a transparent and factual tentative agreement roll out so all members can make an important and much valued ratification decision. Thank you for continuing your support for our brothers and sisters at GM. The efforts of our UAW- Ford Locals and UAW Regions in regard to the strike has been outstanding. Please continue this invaluable show of solidarity.

In Solidarity,

Rory L. Gamble
Vice President and Director
UAW National Ford Department

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Update from UAW-GM Vice President Terry Dittes to GM Members https://uaw.org/update-uaw-gm-vice-president-terry-dittes-gm-members/ Tue, 01 Oct 2019 18:57:06 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=26334 RE: National Strike – Day 16 Dear Union Brothers and Sisters: Last night, Monday, September 30, 2019, GM passed a comprehensive proposal at 9:40 pm across the bargaining table. This proposal that the Company provided to us on day 15 of the strike did not satisfy your contract demands or needs. There were many areas that

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RE: National Strike – Day 16

Dear Union Brothers and Sisters:

Last night, Monday, September 30, 2019, GM passed a comprehensive proposal at 9:40 pm across the bargaining table.

This proposal that the Company provided to us on day 15 of the strike did not satisfy your contract demands or needs. There were many areas that came up short like health care, wages, temporary employees, skilled trades and job security to name a few.  Additionally, concessionary proposals still remain in the company’s proposals as of late last night.

We have responded today with a counterproposal and are awaiting GM’s next proposal to the Union. Regardless of what is publicized in print or social media, etc., there are still many important issues that remain unresolved.

Brothers and Sisters, we appreciate your sacrifice and loyal support, but as you can see from this brief report, your important issues have yet to be satisfied and settled. We remain committed, however, to exploring all options in order to reach an agreement that meets the needs of our Membership.

In solidarity,

Terry Dittes
Vice President and Director
UAW General Motors Department

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Union Sportsmen’s Alliance, UAW Help Improve Access to Flint River https://uaw.org/union-sportsmens-alliance-united-auto-workers-help-improve-access-flint-river/ Tue, 01 Oct 2019 01:48:08 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=26324 Via Union Sportsmen’s Alliance: Anglers and paddle-sports enthusiasts of all ages and physical abilities are enjoying better access to Michigan’s scenic Flint River, thanks in part to a $7,000 donation raised during the inaugural Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) United Auto Workers (UAW) Region 1-D Conservation Dinner. The funds, along with a matching grant from the

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Via Union Sportsmen’s Alliance:

Anglers and paddle-sports enthusiasts of all ages and physical abilities are enjoying better access to Michigan’s scenic Flint River, thanks in part to a $7,000 donation raised during the inaugural Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) United Auto Workers (UAW) Region 1-D Conservation Dinner.

The funds, along with a matching grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), helped fuel the creation of the new Paddler’s Landing public access in Mott Park Recreation Area in Flint.

The new structure is part of an on-going, large-scale revitalization project driven by the city of Flint, Corridor Alliance Chapter (CAC) of the Flint River Watershed Coalition and other stakeholders to benefit local residents, area businesses and visitors.

Historically, river access here has been difficult. Within the city, water follows a concrete channel that provides no access, while the park’s rocky banks are not easily negotiated. It’s one reason project supporters feel the park, which draws fewer than 5,000 visits per season, is greatly underutilized.

“With the new landing and the future completion of the Riverfront Restoration project in downtown Flint, we expect this number to grow significantly,” said CAC manager Sarah Scheitler.

Indeed, the Flint River offers ample opportunities for watersports activities including canoeing, kayaking and tubing. Plus, the fishery holds largemouth and smallmouth bass, walleyes, northern pike and panfish—in fact, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) website promises anglers that the river holds the state’s best smallmouth fishing.

A wide concrete stairway, bordered by protective boulder rip-rap, the Paddler’s Landing structure offers safe access to and from the river, even when water levels fluctuate. It includes a wooden-rail watercraft slide, as well as a transfer seat and step system to allow those with limited mobility to safely access the water.

“As part of our official ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 21, participants released 100 young lake sturgeon supplied by the DNR,” said Scheitler. “There were dozens of people, young and old, standing on the access during the release. After all the work everyone has done, it was both exciting and gratifying to see how easily and safely people could reach the water’s edge.

“Until the UAW made this connection for us, we had not had a relationship with the USA,” Scheitler noted. “And we were amazed by their ability to raise funds. The group’s $7,000 donation essentially became $14,000 with the matching MEDC grant, which was a bit more than 10 percent of the total project budget. It was a substantial donation with which we were thrilled. And we’re eager to work with the USA again on future projects.”

Though the landing is already in use, one final piece remains to be placed, according to UAW Local 659 community service representative and CAC board member Dale Snyder.

“Under the USA’s Work Boots on the Ground program, our UAW local is proud to be part of this fabulous project,” he said. “As soon as possible, union volunteers have plans to fabricate and install a metal handrail along the downstream side of the stairway.”

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We are standing strong and standing together on #SolidaritySunday! https://uaw.org/standing-strong-standing-together-solidaritysunday/ Sun, 29 Sep 2019 17:33:11 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=26315 We are standing strong and standing together on #SolidaritySunday! UAW members across the country will continue to stand strong together until GM ensures fairness and economic justice for workers.  

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We are standing strong and standing together on #SolidaritySunday!

UAW members across the country will continue to stand strong together until GM ensures fairness and economic justice for workers.

 

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UAW Secretary-Treasurer Ray Curry Honored by National Newspaper Publishers Association https://uaw.org/uaw-secretary-treasurer-ray-curry-honored-national-newspaper-publishers-association/ Fri, 27 Sep 2019 17:43:28 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=26244 On September 12, Ray Curry was honored with a National Leadership Award by the National Newspaper Publishers Association, the trade organization representing African American-owned media companies. The annual awards honor courageous leadership and honorees are asked to reflect on the importance of the Black Press in America. Curry spoke about the connection between organized labor

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On September 12, Ray Curry was honored with a National Leadership Award by the National Newspaper Publishers Association, the trade organization representing African American-owned media companies. The annual awards honor courageous leadership and honorees are asked to reflect on the importance of the Black Press in America. Curry spoke about the connection between organized labor and the fight for civil rights, as well as the UAW’s continued commitment to racial equality.

Congratulations Ray and thank you for your courageous leadership!

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Correspondence from UAW-GM Vice President Terry Dittes on Health Care https://uaw.org/correspondence-uaw-gm-vice-president-terry-dittes-health-care/ Thu, 26 Sep 2019 15:45:54 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=26265 Mr. Sandefur: I am in receipt of your email dated Wednesday, September 25, 2019, that I received this morning, Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 8:57 am. Let me recap the sequence of events regarding this very important matter for all our striking members and their families. On Monday, September 16, 2019, I wrote to you

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Mr. Sandefur:

I am in receipt of your email dated Wednesday, September 25, 2019, that I received this morning, Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 8:57 am.

Let me recap the sequence of events regarding this very important matter for all our striking members and their families.

On Monday, September 16, 2019, I wrote to you via email to get a status update regarding our Members’ health care. On Tuesday, September 17, 2019, you provided an answer that our striking members and their families no longer had health care coverage. You also wrote, “Our employees should be eligible for COBRA paid for by the UAW fund so that their health care benefits can continue.” The same day you informed me that health care was no longer in effect I sent correspondence to all UAW Local Leadership informing them of such.

Finally, a week after terminating benefits, you write me a letter dated Wednesday, September 25, 2019, and received on Thursday, September 26, 2019, stating, “GM has chosen to work with our providers to keep all benefits fully in place for striking hourly employees.”

These irresponsible actions by General Motors are toying with the lives of hundreds of thousands of our UAW families.

There is no doubt that public sentiment sees these actions of GM as a shameful act!

Finally, it is time for GM to come to the bargaining table with an offer that reflects the hard work of our Members who make you successful and will settle this strike on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of UAW families, and stop toying with our families’ health and well-being.

Sincerely,

Terry Dittes
Vice President and Director
UAW General Motors Department

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Striking UAW workers standing strong in solidarity across the country https://uaw.org/striking-uaw-workers-standing-strong-solidarity-across-country/ Thu, 26 Sep 2019 14:00:50 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=26191 A story told in pictures:

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A story told in pictures:

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An Update from UAW-GM Vice President Terry Dittes to Members https://uaw.org/update-uaw-gm-vice-president-terry-dittes-members/ Wed, 25 Sep 2019 21:42:24 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=26253 Dear Union Brothers and Sisters: All unsettled proposals are now at the Main Table and have been presented to General Motors, and we are awaiting their response. This back and forth will continue until Negotiations are complete. The International Staff and your elected Bargaining Committee have been working countless hours to reach an Agreement on

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Dear Union Brothers and Sisters:

All unsettled proposals are now at the Main Table and have been presented to General Motors, and we are awaiting their response. This back and forth will continue until Negotiations are complete.

The International Staff and your elected Bargaining Committee have been working countless hours to reach an Agreement on behalf of our Members, their families and all the communities affected by this strike.

We will continue to bargain this contract until your Bargaining Committee is satisfied that we have achieved an Agreement that properly addresses our Members’ concerns.

Thank you very much for your loyal support and the sacrifice you are making every day for what is just and right!

 

In Solidarity,

Terry Dittes
Vice President and Director
UAW General Motors Department

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Solidarity Sunday to continue every Sunday until contract ratification https://uaw.org/solidarity-sunday-continue-every-sunday-contract-ratification/ Wed, 25 Sep 2019 16:12:07 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=26241 Dear Sisters and Brothers, Thank you for your participation in last Sunday’s Solidarity Sunday; due to the overwhelming response from our members we will continue to hold “Solidarity Sunday” every Sunday until we ratify the contract at the UAW General Motors and Aramark picket lines across the nation and I again encourage your participation. We

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Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Thank you for your participation in last Sunday’s Solidarity Sunday; due to the overwhelming response from our members we will continue to hold “Solidarity Sunday” every Sunday until we ratify the contract at the UAW General Motors and Aramark picket lines across the nation and I again encourage your participation. We will continue to invite people of faith and others to join the picket lines in support of the ongoing strike until a strong agreement is reached. Additionally at noon on Sunday, your local union chaplain will be available on the picket lines for words of support.

As you know, strikes can be physically, emotionally, and spiritually exhausting on our membership and their families. We sincerely hope that these services provide everyone with a peaceful opportunity to come together to show support for those on the picket lines and those who have been wrongfully stripped from their quality healthcare by General Motors.

In solidarity,

Gary Jones
President

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Standing Together and Standing Strong on Solidarity Sunday! https://uaw.org/standing-together-standing-strong-solidarity-sunday/ Tue, 24 Sep 2019 19:00:00 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=26175 This past Sunday was a historic day capping a historic week in the fight for: ✓ Fair Wages ✓ Affordable Quality Health Care ✓ Our Share of Profits ✓ Job Security ✓ A Defined Path to Permanent Seniority for Temps That is what UAW members striking against GM are fighting for. And this past Sunday,

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This past Sunday was a historic day capping a historic week in the fight for:

✓ Fair Wages

✓ Affordable Quality Health Care

✓ Our Share of Profits

✓ Job Security

✓ A Defined Path to Permanent Seniority for Temps

That is what UAW members striking against GM are fighting for. And this past Sunday, members came out in huge numbers across the country. Here are some of the best moments from #SolidaritySunday:

UAW members were also supported by people of faith. Here is the Solidarity Sunday event with the bargaining committee:

While UAW members’ fight for justice has been the story, businesses, community leaders, elected leaders, and community members of good will across the country have been pitching in to support UAW members. On Sunday, Michigan Governor Gretchen WhitmerVice President Joe BidenAFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler and Senator Elizabeth Warren joined events, and many more leaders across the country are continuing to come by picket lines this week.

Finally, we launched a website landing page with helpful resources and answers to important member questions.

In Solidarity,

The UAW Team

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TRIBUNE TODAY: UAW, GM talks pivot on proposed battery plant https://uaw.org/tribune-today-uaw-gm-talks-pivot-proposed-battery-plant/ Sun, 22 Sep 2019 19:16:15 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=26153 DETROIT — If U.S. consumers ever ditch fuel burners for electric vehicles, then the United Auto Workers union is in trouble. Gone would be thousands of jobs at engine and transmission plants across the industrial Midwest, replaced by smaller workforces at squeaky-clean mostly automated factories that mix up chemicals to make batteries. Read more: https://www.tribtoday.com/news/local-news/2019/09/uaw-gm-talks-pivot-on-proposed-battery-plant/

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DETROIT — If U.S. consumers ever ditch fuel burners for electric vehicles, then the United Auto Workers union is in trouble.

Gone would be thousands of jobs at engine and transmission plants across the industrial Midwest, replaced by smaller workforces at squeaky-clean mostly automated factories that mix up chemicals to make batteries.

Read more: https://www.tribtoday.com/news/local-news/2019/09/uaw-gm-talks-pivot-on-proposed-battery-plant/

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Day Six of the UAW-GM Strike: All for One and One for All https://uaw.org/day-six-uaw-gm-strike-one-one/ Sun, 22 Sep 2019 02:35:58 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=26146 Across the country, UAW members, families and communities are proving the motto “all for one and one for all.” From Michigan to Ohio, Kansas to Kentucky—even in Wyoming people are standing side-by-side in solidarity, community organizations are donating food, diapers and necessary services, and businesses are providing strike discounts for UAW workers and their families.

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Across the country, UAW members, families and communities are proving the motto “all for one and one for all.” From Michigan to Ohio, Kansas to Kentucky—even in Wyoming people are standing side-by-side in solidarity, community organizations are donating food, diapers and necessary services, and businesses are providing strike discounts for UAW workers and their families.

Below are just a few examples of why workers are on the line, how organizations and local businesses are supporting the UAW as it fights for middle-class wages, quality health care, job security, a path for temporary workers and a fair share of the profits. This Sunday, the UAW encourages communities across the nation to participate in Solidarity Sunday, an opportunity to show or offer words of support, strength and unity.

 The Workers on the Strike Line
“I love GM,” Bond said as he picketed outside the Flint Assembly Plant truck entrance off Bristol Road and I-75. “We put our heart and souls into the work. We really put our bodies to the test. And we want GM to make it so we can have a comfortable life, so we can send our kids to college, live in a decent house and buy a dependable vehicle. I mean, we buy GM products.” – The Detroit Free Press

“Support for labor is one of the backbones of our country. This is not just what we do but who we are,” said Bill Stroup, 69, of Montrose, an electrician for Aramark, which is also striking GM after a year and a half without a contract. “I’ve been a UAW member for 45 years. I pray for the safety of people out here and the success of an agreement.” –  The Detroit Free Press

From partners and spouses joining the picket line in solidarity to couples that met at GM and are both on strike, the impact of the current strike extends to the entire family in some cases right here in Toledo. Robert and Heather Moore’s love story started while they both worked at GM. Now, they’re walking the picket line together. (Married couples, partners picketing togetherWTOL)

Local Businesses & Community Support Across the U.S.
Kentucky: UAW enters into day four of GM strike; members work behind the scenes to make sure everyone has what they need
“With the help of the local community making donations they’re able to feed everyone who needs it. “Since the strike began we have been receiving lots of donations from people in the community, from other unions, our fellow union brother and sisters here in Bowling Green. All the food that’s been donated has gone into the kitchen,” said Nancy Childress, Local 2164 Recording Secretary. Even UAW members from the Ford plant in Louisville are driving down to Bowling Green to help.

“They’re going to cook for us on Monday. They are just going to take care of us, they have been coming down here all week and walking the lines with us. We have a lot of support from not just this community, but all of the communities. We are working together to take care of each other,” said Jack Bowers, Local 2164 President.

Michigan: United Way of Michigan preparing to help workers affected by GM strike
Mike Larson of the Michigan Association of United Way says they’ve already gotten some calls for assistance. “We’re trying to connect and utilize every resource that we have, and partner, to help us support dislocated workers,” Larson says.

Michigan: Emagine offering $5 movie tickets for striking UAW GM workers  WXYZ
“The Michigan-based movie chain said all tickets will be $5, no matter the time or date, when a GM-UAW member shows his or her badge at the box office. Tickets must be purchased at the box office.”

 Kansas: Lawmakers lend support to UAW members on day 5 of strike
“We want to take your issues, we want to take your energy and take your strength back to our respective houses in Topeka and Jefferson City and do everything we can to keep you guys working, to keep you guys in our area and, to be honest, to keep General Motors in our community,” Missouri State Rep. Barbara Washington said.

Wyoming: Mitten Pizza Brings Pizza to GM Employees on Strike In Wyoming
“As the UAW strike at GM enters the fifth day, 49,000 GM employees are not working, and according to WOOD-TV, only earning $250/week, which means as they fight for wage equality and better benefits, they’re also having to tighten their belts, financially. So it was really cool to see Mitten Pizza in Middleville post on their Facebook page that they were on their way to the picket lines at the Wyoming plant, to feed the workers on strike.”

Indiana: UAW Local 440 Members Counting on Community Support
Those passing the GM Powertrain today laid on their horns in sounding their support for those walking the picket line today. United Auto Workers Local 440 President Kevin Hutchinson says workers are counting on the support of the Bedford community for the duration of the walkout.”

Michigan: Community supporting picketers as UAW strike finishing third day
“We’re standing out here holding these signs and these cars going by everyone that honks is a supporter,” Savage said. “They’re honking and dropping off donations. A lot of the area restaurants are giving a lot of water and chips and pop and stuff,” Savage said. “The store across the street donated ice, everybody’s pitching in.”

Ohio: All-Jeep and Corvette convoy to roll in support of striking UAW workers
“Toledo Jeep bar Wheelin’ on the Rocks and UAW Local 12’s Jeep Unit members are hosting an event Sunday from 1 p.m.-6 p.m. to extend support to the UAW Local 14 striking workers. Wheelin’ on the Rocks is located at 1515 W. Laskey Road.”

Follow @UAW on Twitter for more examples of members and their community standing together during the strike.

Presidential Candidate Visits
Sunday:
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, expected at Hamtramck facility in Detroit, MI
Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, expected at the Fairfax facility near Kansas City, KS

Wednesday:
Sen. Bernie Sanders, expected at Hamtramck facility in Detroit, MI
For more information on these visits please contact the UAW

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Solidarity Sunday https://uaw.org/solidarity-sunday/ Fri, 20 Sep 2019 19:38:21 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=26120 Dear Sisters and Brothers, On Sunday, September 22, 2019, at the UAW General Motors and Aramark picket lines across the nation – I encourage your participation in Solidarity Sunday. We are inviting people of faith and others to join the picket lines in support as we recognize one full week since the start of this

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Dear Sisters and Brothers,

On Sunday, September 22, 2019, at the UAW General Motors and Aramark picket lines across the nation – I encourage your participation in Solidarity Sunday. We are inviting people of faith and others to join the picket lines in support as we recognize one full week since the start of this fight for a strong contract. Additionally, at noon on Sunday, your local union chaplain will be available on the picket lines for words of support.

As you know, strikes can be physically, emotionally, and spiritually exhausting on our membership and their families. We sincerely hope that these services provide everyone with a peaceful opportunity to come together to show support for those on the picket lines and those who have been wrongfully stripped from their quality healthcare by General Motors.

In solidarity,

Gary Jones

President

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UAW Statement on Criminal Complaint Against Jeff Pietrzyk https://uaw.org/uaw-statement-criminal-complaint-jeff-pietrzyk/ Fri, 20 Sep 2019 19:36:41 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=26125 “The charges against Jeff Pietrzyk are serious, and the conduct outlined in his charges is not just illegal, it is an affront to every member of the UAW.  The UAW has already made changes to its purchasing procedures that require three bids and pushed the Joint Program Centers to significantly tighten their accounting controls to

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“The charges against Jeff Pietrzyk are serious, and the conduct outlined in his charges is not just illegal, it is an affront to every member of the UAW.  The UAW has already made changes to its purchasing procedures that require three bids and pushed the Joint Program Centers to significantly tighten their accounting controls to prevent this type of criminal activity from happening again.  This conduct—which was suspiciously announced in the middle of our current bargaining—must not and will not distract us from negotiating the strongest possible contract for our members.”

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NYDN: Why I strike: One GM worker explains https://uaw.org/nydn-strike-one-gm-worker-explains/ Fri, 20 Sep 2019 17:33:35 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=26124 In 1997, fresh out of the Army, I joined General Motors at the age of 23. In the 20 years I have worked in the auto industry, GM has become my family. Under normal circumstances, UAW members build the greatest products in the world. And it is those products that have made GM the most

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In 1997, fresh out of the Army, I joined General Motors at the age of 23. In the 20 years I have worked in the auto industry, GM has become my family.

Under normal circumstances, UAW members build the greatest products in the world. And it is those products that have made GM the most profitable American automaker. But these aren’t normal circumstances…

Read the full article on nydailynews.com >>>

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