UAW https://uaw.org International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America Thu, 19 Sep 2019 14:01:04 +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 UAW Workers Woke Across the Country, Some in Hospital Beds, Without Insurance https://uaw.org/uaw-workers-woke-across-country-hospital-beds-without-insurance/ Wed, 18 Sep 2019 17:46:43 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=26050 UAW to GM: Taking our healthcare is sickening Monday night, as workers from nearly 70 facilities in 19 states were standing on the picket lines, GM chose to terminate their health coverage immediately. The company’s decision was made without any warning to the UAW, leaving more than 48,000 members and their families at risk of

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UAW to GM: Taking our healthcare is sickening

Monday night, as workers from nearly 70 facilities in 19 states were standing on the picket lines, GM chose to terminate their health coverage immediately. The company’s decision was made without any warning to the UAW, leaving more than 48,000 members and their families at risk of being suddenly uninsured.

Laura Prater, a UAW-GM worker at GM’s Springhill plant, woke up in a hospital bed and instead of focusing on her recovery had to worry about whether her insurance was still in place.  Watch Video

UAW Local 2164 President Jack Bowers says he thinks the decision is “low.”  “It’s pretty bad.  I mean, traditionally, they’ve not done that,” Bowers told WKU Public Radio. “We’ve got people out there that need insulin. That’s a lot of money for anybody. I think it’s kind of wrong. That’s the nicest word I can think of right now.”

The UAW activated the strike fund as soon as they became aware of GM’s strategic decision to cut healthcare.

“GM’s failed attempt to hurt our members and force us into a bad agreement was cold, heartless, and immoral. One minute they say they care about their workers and next GM is cutting off people’s lifeline.  We will not allow our members and their families to experience the added burden of worrying about their health coverage while on strike. We are united. We’re organized. And we are in solidarity as we fight for a strong deal that provides middle-class wages, affordable healthcare, job security, a fair share of GM’s record profits and a better deal for temporary workers,” said Brian Rothenberg, UAW Spokesman.

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We Are Standing Up Together! https://uaw.org/we-are-standing-up-together/ Tue, 17 Sep 2019 14:55:28 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=25973 The post We Are Standing Up Together! appeared first on UAW.

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UAW-GM Strike Begins https://uaw.org/uaw-gm-strike-begins/ Mon, 16 Sep 2019 04:03:52 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=25966 At 11:59, UAW-GM workers began their strike.

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At 11:59, UAW-GM workers began their strike.

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Auto Workers Go on Strike After Years of Tirelessly Helping General Motors Reach Record-Level Profits https://uaw.org/auto-workers-go-strike-years-tirelessly-helping-general-motors-reach-record-level-profits/ Sun, 15 Sep 2019 14:51:44 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=25961 Auto Workers Go on Strike After Years of Tirelessly Helping General Motors Reach Record-Level Profits UAW SAYS GM REFUSES TO GIVE EVEN AN INCH TO HELP HARD-WORKING MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES   Among GM Failures, Affordable Healthcare for Thousands Remains Unsettled For No Good Reason   UAW To GM: We Stood Up For You, Now We Stand

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Auto Workers Go on Strike After Years of Tirelessly Helping General Motors Reach Record-Level Profits

UAW SAYS GM REFUSES TO GIVE EVEN AN INCH TO HELP HARD-WORKING MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES

 

Among GM Failures, Affordable Healthcare for Thousands Remains Unsettled For No Good Reason
 
UAW To GM: We Stood Up For You, Now We Stand Up For Us

 

Local Union leaders from across the nation met Sunday morning after the 2015 General Motors collective bargaining agreement expired Saturday night and opted to strike at midnight on Sunday.

The autoworkers are calling on the Big 3 automaker to recognize the contributions and sacrifices that the company’s UAW members have made to create a healthy, profitable, industry.

“We stood up for General Motors when they needed us most. Now we are standing together in unity and solidarity for our Members, their families and the communities where we work and live,” said UAW Vice President Terry Dittes.

Following a formal meeting of the GM Council consisting of local union leaders, the UAW announced he membership is going on strike at midnight Sunday to secure:

  • Fair Wages
  • Affordable Healthcare
  • Our Share of Profits
  • Job Security
  • A Defined Path to Permanent Seniority for Temps

The decision to strike comes a day after UAW Vice President Terry Dittes notified General Motors leadership that the Union would not agree to extend the Collective Bargaining Agreements.

“We told UAW GM members that we would stand up for them and their future,” said Gary Jones, President of the UAW.

National Bargaining Committee Chair Ted Krumm of UAW Local 652 said “We have been clear at the table about what GM members have indicated we will accept. We are standing up for what is right. We as local unions will sacrifice to stand up for what we deserve.”

“Our members have spoken; we have taken action; and this is a decision we did not make lightly. We are committed to a strong contract at GM that recognizes our UAW members, who make some of the greatest products in the world and make GM so profitable.”

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UAW Aramark Workers Strike https://uaw.org/uaw-aramark-workers-strike/ Sun, 15 Sep 2019 04:10:14 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=25959 At midnight over 850 Aramark workers in Michigan and Ohio walked off the job over better wages, health care and retirement. “We have UAW members who work long, hard hours and are still on public assistance,” said Gerald Kariem, Director of UAW Region 1D. “It’s shameful.” Aramark maintenance workers in Hamtramck, Warren, Flint, Grand Blanc

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At midnight over 850 Aramark workers in Michigan and Ohio walked off the job over better wages, health care and retirement.

“We have UAW members who work long, hard hours and are still on public assistance,” said Gerald Kariem, Director of UAW Region 1D. “It’s shameful.”

Aramark maintenance workers in Hamtramck, Warren, Flint, Grand Blanc and Parma, Ohio have been working on an extended contract since March of 2018.

Key issues involve wages, caps on health insurance, vacation time and 401k retirement.

“Every day, UAW members go to work and keep these plants profitable,” said UAW Region 1 Director Frank Stuglin. “It’s astounding that Aramark has not agreed to bargain in good faith over their contributions.”

UAW Region 2B Director Rich Rankin said UAW members have been working on contract extensions far too long. “Every day these UAW members play a crucial role in keeping these plants operating. Aramark needs to provide these workers with fair wages and benefits.”

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After Months of Tough Negotiations, UAW Vice President Terry Dittes Announces No GM Contract Extension; GM Refuses to Put Hard Working American Families Before Profits https://uaw.org/months-tough-negotiations-uaw-vice-president-terry-dittes-announces-no-gm-contract-extension-gm-refuses-put-hard-working-american-families-profits/ Sat, 14 Sep 2019 23:25:02 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=25954 UAW is Committed to Securing the Best Possible Wages, Job Security, and Access to Affordable Healthcare for Members RELEASES LETTER TO MEMBERS Detroit — UAW Vice President Terry Dittes released a letter this evening to members announcing that the UAW will not extend the current 2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement, but will work without a contract

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UAW is Committed to Securing the Best Possible Wages, Job Security, and Access to Affordable Healthcare for Members

RELEASES LETTER TO MEMBERS

Detroit — UAW Vice President Terry Dittes released a letter this evening to members announcing that the UAW will not extend the current 2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement, but will work without a contract until a course of action is decided by the UAW International Executive Board and the UAW-GM National Council.

“While we are fighting for better wages, affordable quality health care, and job security, GM refuses to put hard-working Americans ahead of their record profits of $35 billion in North America over the last three years. We are united in our efforts to get an agreement our members and their families deserve.”

Documents:

UAW-GM Negotiations Update #2

Working Without A Contract

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We must lower drug costs! https://uaw.org/must-lower-drug-costs/ Sat, 14 Sep 2019 07:33:28 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=25740 As president of the United Auto Workers (UAW), I recently joined dozens of organizations from across the country in a coordinated effort demanding that Congress and the Trump Administration develop strong, REAL reform to lower drug prices for patients and end Big Pharma’s price gouging. More than a dozen organizations — including the AFL-CIO, AFSCME,

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As president of the United Auto Workers (UAW), I recently joined dozens of organizations from across the country in a coordinated effort demanding that Congress and the Trump Administration develop strong, REAL reform to lower drug prices for patients and end Big Pharma’s price gouging.

More than a dozen organizations — including the AFL-CIO, AFSCME, Alliance for Retired Americans, American Medical Student Association, the Center for Popular Democracy, Health Care for America Now, People’s Action, Public Citizen, Social Security Works,  and many others — joined forces with us to make our voices heard, and be clear in our support of American health and the ability of our citizens to receive the medications they need at an affordable cost.  No one should have to ration their medication or leave their prescription drugs at the pharmacy counter because they cannot afford them.

The current cost of prescription drugs is at a crisis level. The reason? Big Pharma’s influence in Washington, D.C. The numbers tell the story best:

Over the course of six election cycles, pharmaceutical political action committees (PACs) have given nearly $79 million to members of Congress. In 2017 alone, 1,480 pharmaceutical lobbyists descended on Capitol Hill. In fact, pharma leads in lobbying spending among industries, dropping a whopping $4 billion in the past two decades.

Americans everywhere, regardless of where they live or what treatment they need, are feeling the devastating effects. Whether they need insulin, blood pressure medicine or life-saving cancer drugs, these rising and inflated costs are hurting families across the country, and UAW members and retirees are no exception.

Why do we pay more?

Currently, the citizens of the U.S. pay more for prescription drugs than any other comparable country in the world. In 2018, nearly 28 million Americans watched the cost of their medications rise while pharmaceutical companies benefited from huge tax breaks. From 2012 to 2016, insulin costs nearly doubled.

At the UAW, more than 656,271 retirees of General Motors, Ford and Chrysler — along with their eligible dependents — receive health care through the UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust. And while the costs of health care has increased substantially over the years, our members’ retirement incomes remain fixed.

For our retired members, insulin is the single largest drug purchased. In 2018, insulin products represented our second overall largest drug spend (surpassed by only very expensive oncology medications) — with the Trust spending $235.2 million on insulin.

Although insulin has been on the market for almost 100 years, the cost of this medication has nearly doubled from 2012-2016. Traditionally drugs with that type of longevity reduce dramatically in cost, not increase.

Big Pharma profits

The reason for the increase — Big Pharma profit. As drug prices rise, pharmaceutical CEO’s get richer.

No one should have to choose between life-saving medicines and paying for basic life needs. It’s time to hold Big Pharma accountable for setting high drug prices and price gouging working families while making enormous profits for themselves.

Congress and the President should enact bold legislation to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable, and make medicines affordable
for all.

It’s a fight the UAW stands firmly behind, and will pursue on behalf of our brothers and sisters as well as all Americans.

The health and well-being of the American people is at stake.

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Statement on Charges Against Vance Pearson https://uaw.org/statement-charges-vance-pearson/ Thu, 12 Sep 2019 20:16:43 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=25951 “Our highest priority is maintaining the trust and confidence of United Auto Worker members. While these allegations are very concerning, we strongly believe that the government has misconstrued any number of facts and emphasize that these are merely allegations, not proof of wrongdoing. Regardless, we will not let this distract us from the critical negotiations

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“Our highest priority is maintaining the trust and confidence of United Auto Worker members. While these allegations are very concerning, we strongly believe that the government has misconstrued any number of facts and emphasize that these are merely allegations, not proof of wrongdoing. Regardless, we will not let this distract us from the critical negotiations underway with GM to gain better wages and benefits for the more the 400,000 members of our union.”

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Local 2250 sends area kids to school with the tools they need https://uaw.org/local-2250-sends-area-kids-school-tools-need/ Wed, 11 Sep 2019 14:00:11 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=25703 The start of school is an important time for kids and having the materials they need to succeed makes all the difference. Thanks to UAW Local 2250 members at General Motors’ Wentzville, Missouri, Assembly Plant, hundreds of kids who might not otherwise have had those materials will be all set this year. Over the summer,

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The start of school is an important time for kids and having the materials they need to succeed makes all the difference. Thanks to UAW Local 2250 members at General Motors’ Wentzville, Missouri, Assembly Plant, hundreds of kids who might not otherwise have had those materials will be all set this year. Over the summer, local 2250’s Community Service Committee collected supplies and cash, and worked with the United Way and other community organizations to provide 300 school backpacks to area school children. Each pack was filled with loads of essentials, including pencils, paper, pencil pouch, notebook, paint, pocket folder, crayons, scissors, sheet protectors, eraser, earbuds, markers, Post-it notes, ruler, Kleenex, calculator, pens, hygiene bag and glue. A-plus, Local 2250.

 

 

 

 

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Brush Up On Your Union History https://uaw.org/brush-union-history/ Wed, 04 Sep 2019 18:34:29 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=25554 The history of organized labor has been rich with dedicated individuals, larger-than-life heroes, and momentous achievements for the American worker. It also serves as a fascinating topic for authors, and their readers. If you’re interested in catching up on the ins-and-outs of the union movement, here’s a reading list to get you started:  “What Unions

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The history of organized labor has been rich with dedicated individuals, larger-than-life heroes, and momentous achievements for the American worker. It also serves as a fascinating topic for authors, and their readers. If you’re interested in catching up on the ins-and-outs of the union movement, here’s a reading list to get you started: 

What Unions No Longer Do” (2014) by Jake RosenfeldFrom workers’ wages to presidential elections, labor unions once exerted tremendous clout in American life. Sadly for workers, that influence has been eroded. What Unions No Longer Do lays bare the broad repercussions of labor’s collapse for the American economy and politics.

State of the Union,” a study by Nelson Lichtenstein, published in 2002 and updated in 2013 — Lichtenstein examines how trade unionism has evolved via a compilation of ideas, stories, strikes, laws, and people in an examination of work and labor in the twentieth century.

On the Clock” (2019) by Emily GuendelsbergerAfter the local newspaper where she worked as a reporter closed, Emily Guendelsberger worked at an Amazon fulfillment center, at a call center, and at a  McDonald’s. Guendelsberger shows us how workers went from being the most expensive element of production to the cheapest – and how low wage jobs have been remade to serve the ideals of efficiency, at the cost of humanity.

 “Beaten Down, Worked Up” (2019), by Steven Greenhouse In an era when corporate profits have soared while wages have flatlined, millions of Americans are searching for ways to improve their lives, and they’re often turning to labor unions and worker action, whether #RedforEd teachers’ strikes or the Fight for $15. Greenhouse examines wage stagnation, low-wage work, and blighted blue-collar communities and the decades-long decline in worker power. 

The Big Squeeze” (2008), by Steven GreenhouseGreenhouse’s first book on unions explores the economic, political, and social trends that transformed America’s workplaces, including the decline of the social contract that created the world’s largest middle class and guaranteed job security and good pensions. 

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UAW Selects General Motors to Begin Detroit Big 3 Negotiations https://uaw.org/uaw-selects-general-motors-begin-detroit-big-3-negotiations/ Tue, 03 Sep 2019 13:29:09 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=25654 Selection Sets the Pattern for Autoworkers and Manufacturing Detroit – United Autoworkers President Gary Jones announced today that the UAW has decided to proceed on bargaining with GM. “Mary Barra said from the outset of these talks that we will stand up as we tackle a changing industry. We are ready to stand strong for

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Selection Sets the Pattern for Autoworkers and Manufacturing

Detroit – United Autoworkers President Gary Jones announced today that the UAW has decided to proceed on bargaining with GM.

“Mary Barra said from the outset of these talks that we will stand up as we tackle a changing industry. We are ready to stand strong for our future,” said Jones.

Detroit Big 3 contracts all expire at midnight the evening of Sept. 14. UAW GM local unions have all voted and sent a national bargaining team supported by the UAW International Union and their UAW GM Department.

“We are focused. We are prepared and we are all ready to stand up for our members, our communities and our manufacturing future,” added Jones.

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UAW Releases Detroit Big 3 Strike Authorization Vote Totals https://uaw.org/uaw-releases-detroit-big-3-strike-authorization-vote-totals/ Tue, 03 Sep 2019 12:45:45 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=25651 Detroit – The UAW announced today the total votes for strike authorization of the Detroit Big 3. The UAW Constitution requires members to vote and give authorization in order to strike if necessary. The vote does not mean there will or will not be a strike. It gives authority to the UAW International President and

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Detroit – The UAW announced today the total votes for strike authorization of the Detroit Big 3.

The UAW Constitution requires members to vote and give authorization in order to strike if necessary. The vote does not mean there will or will not be a strike. It gives authority to the UAW International President and International Executive Board to call for a strike. Locals have also elected National Bargaining Representatives as part of the national bargaining team.

“No one goes into collective bargaining taking a strike lightly. But it is a key tool in the tool belt as our bargaining team sits across from the company,” said Gary Jones, UAW President. “Ultimately, the company holds that destiny in their hands as they bargain. Clearly the UAW stood up for them in a very dark time, now that they are profitable it is time for them to stand up for all of us.”

Each local voted independently. The aggregate totals by automakers are:

  • FCA   96%
  • Ford   95.98%
  • General Motors   96.4%

Contracts expire at midnight on Sept. 14.  The UAW President is expected to announce in the coming days the first company to proceed with bargaining a final agreement that will set the pattern for 2019 Detroit Big 3 contracts.

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Labor Day March in Detroit shows worker Solidarity https://uaw.org/labor-day-march-detroit-shows-worker-solidarity/ Mon, 02 Sep 2019 21:16:45 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=25643 Workers from throughout Michigan gathered in Detroit for the annual Labor Day March hosted by the Metro Detroit AFL-CIO, walking together through the parade route downtown showing the strength of worker solidarity on a beautiful, sunny morning. UAW members, their families and their allies joined the march in a celebration of this year’s parade theme

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Workers from throughout Michigan gathered in Detroit for the annual Labor Day March hosted by the Metro Detroit AFL-CIO, walking together through the parade route downtown showing the strength of worker solidarity on a beautiful, sunny morning.

UAW members, their families and their allies joined the march in a celebration of this year’s parade theme “Labor and Community Moving Forward!” that includes worker unity, the right to have a voice and fair treatment on the job, and to protest attacks on workers’ rights by anti-union lawmakers and other opponents.

Colorful union banners, marching bands, singing and signs of union support filled the lively parade route of union members who came to Detroit from a variety of industries and professions, from auto and clerical workers to actors and writers. The parade started on Michigan Avenue in Southwest Detroit and wound through downtown streets before finishing near the Detroit River at Hart Plaza with cheers of solidarity at the Labor Monument honoring union members and activists.

UAW President Gary Jones said today is a celebration of workers who fight for rights in the workplace.

“Labor Day honors those who fought before us to end child labor, and to establish fair wages, safe workplaces, Social Security, unemployment insurance and civil rights,” said Jones. “Their sacrifices created the middle class. Today, that fight continues against those who want to take away what workers deserve through legislation that prevents union organizing, and cuts Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and health care for hard-working American families.”

It takes strong unions to stand up in solidarity to corporations and anti-union politicians intent on taking away working families’ dignity and livelihoods. The Labor Day March honors what workers have achieved together, joined in solidarity to make communities better, and to face today’s challenges to fair wages and benefits, safer workplaces and the right of all workers to form a union.

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Buy Union Made on Labor Day https://uaw.org/buy-union-made-labor-day/ Fri, 30 Aug 2019 18:02:47 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=25634 Labor Day not only reminds us about the importance of unions and solidarity amongst workers, but it’s also one of the last holidays in the summer heat. It’s the perfect time for UAW members to fire up the grill, then kick back with a cold one and enjoy a little quality summer time with fellow

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Labor Day not only reminds us about the importance of unions and solidarity amongst workers, but it’s also one of the last holidays in the summer heat.

It’s the perfect time for UAW members to fire up the grill, then kick back with a cold one and enjoy a little quality summer time with fellow workers, friends and family. Now, there’s an easy way to make sure that your supplies are union-made!

You can text Made to 235246 to get a list of union-made items right from the AFL-CIO. Or you can visit go.aflcio.org/UnionBrew for a list of union-made beer, wine and spirits and go.aflcio.org/UnionBBQ for a list of union-made cookout items. Want to spread the word? Just share this graphic on social media!

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Statement on UAW cooperation with government investigation https://uaw.org/statement-uaw-cooperation-government-investigation/ Wed, 28 Aug 2019 16:31:07 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=25605 The UAW and President Gary Jones have always fully cooperated with the government investigators in this matter. As the leader of the UAW, Pres. Jones is determined to uncover and address any and all wrongdoing, wherever it might lead. There was absolutely no need for search warrants to be used by the government today —

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The UAW and President Gary Jones have always fully cooperated with the government investigators in this matter. As the leader of the UAW, Pres. Jones is determined to uncover and address any and all wrongdoing, wherever it might lead. There was absolutely no need for search warrants to be used by the government today — the UAW has voluntarily responded to every request the government has made throughout the course of its investigation, produced literally hundreds of thousands of documents and other materials to the government, and most importantly, when wrongdoing has been discovered, we have taken strong action to address it. The UAW will continue to cooperate with the government in its investigation, as we have been doing throughout.

Trust in UAW leadership is never more important than during the bargaining process, when profit-laden auto companies stand to benefit from media leaks, false assumptions, and political grandstanding. The sole focus of President Jones and his team will be winning at the bargaining table for our members.

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UAW Local 668 Members Celebrate 100 Years of Plant Operations https://uaw.org/uaw-local-668-members-celebrate-100-years-plant-operations/ Tue, 27 Aug 2019 18:34:41 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=25551 Members of UAW Local 668 are celebrating a century of manufacturing at Saginaw Metal Castings Operations in Saginaw, Michigan. Workers at the company, which supplies parts for General Motors vehicles, have processed 45 million tons of iron and 2 billion pounds of aluminum over the past hundred years. The plant currently employs 476 workers, including

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Members of UAW Local 668 are celebrating a century of manufacturing at Saginaw Metal Castings Operations in Saginaw, Michigan. Workers at the company, which supplies parts for General Motors vehicles, have processed 45 million tons of iron and 2 billion pounds of aluminum over the past hundred years. The plant currently employs 476 workers, including members of UAW Local 668 and IAM Lodge 2839.

 

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Will the “new” NAFTA work for US? https://uaw.org/will-new-nafta-work-us/ Tue, 27 Aug 2019 18:00:28 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=25495 The UAW has one goal: support the U.S. worker in all aspects of their professions. That includes involvement in U.S. trade policy decisions where our overarching focus is creating good paying U.S. jobs —  now and in the future. Currently, more than 900,000 people work in the auto and auto-parts manufacturing sectors alone. This has

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The UAW has one goal: support the U.S. worker in all aspects of their professions. That includes involvement in U.S. trade policy decisions where our overarching focus is creating good paying U.S. jobs —  now and in the future.

Currently, more than 900,000 people work in the auto and auto-parts manufacturing sectors alone. This has a far-reaching economic impact going beyond the shop floor. The Center for Automotive Research estimates that every assembly plant job supports an additional 9 to 12 jobs in the United States. The effect continues into our communities. Automakers, suppliers, dealerships, and the local businesses that support them are responsible for more than 7.25 million jobs.

That’s why any trade agreement our country enters into must always focus on the U.S. worker, and keeping and creating good jobs here.

Let’s take a look at where we are right now. The renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), also referred to as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), is under discussion in the halls of Congress. Since its passage 25 years ago, NAFTA’s U.S. trade deficit with Mexico has cost hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs.

Weak labor laws and lax environmental standards that have been credited with creating a permissive ‘dump’ for companies looking to avoid stronger U.S. standards, have resulted in American companies investing billions in manufacturing south of the border.

What about workers?

The “new NAFTA” looks like a win for big industry — oil, pharmaceuticals and gas — but it won’t make a meaningful difference for our citizens or our workers. It won’t stop the shifting of auto production to Mexico and beyond.

Since its implementation, NAFTA has devastated American workers and their communities. Economists estimate between 1993-2013, more than 850,000 U.S. jobs were lost due to outsourcing to Mexico. Between 1993-2016, the U.S.-Mexico auto trade deficit grew 1,288%, and the auto parts deficit exploded by 23,700%. Over the same period, the U.S. lost 10 final assembly plants, while Mexico gained eight.

That isn’t an agreement working for U.S. The new agreement — as currently
written — does not go far enough to make it a good deal for working families.

More importantly, the IMF predicts that the new Rules of Origin requirements will “lead to a decline in the production of vehicles and parts in all three North-American countries.”

Not good.

In addition, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) estimates that the “new” NAFTA will only create a net gain in the auto industry of 28,100 full-time jobs. In fact, the ITC estimates that there will be a 1,600 decrease in auto assembly jobs. Auto parts jobs will only increase by 29,700 jobs. That’s a far cry from the 682,000 American jobs lost (nearly 80% in manufacturing) between 1994 (when NAFTA was signed into law) and 2010. Moreover, foreign investment in Mexico increased 150% since NAFTA.

The ITC also estimates that price increases will cause a decline in auto sales and an increase in U.S. imports from outside North America.

EVs and AVs Will the work be here?

Add to that, the real risk that as the world moves to the next generation of
automobiles — electric and autonomous vehicles — that the U.S. is losing its technological leadership. Most advanced automotive technology production is already overseas. Today, the U.S. only produces 13% of the world’s semiconductors. By 2021, the U.S. will produce only 14% of the world’s lithium-ion batteries. These batteries are needed to make electric cars.

It’s clear: NAFTA has been a failure and has not lived up to the promise of keeping middle-class auto sector jobs in the United States. It has instead incentivized companies to offshore jobs and has created a severe trade deficit with Mexico. Last year’s devastating announcement by General Motors that it is closing four plants impacting 14,000 jobs in the United States, only heightens our concerns that this trade imbalance must be addressed to benefit U.S. workers over the short and long term.

And it bears mentioning here that failing to protect American jobs is certainly not the only problem with this agreement. Just as it incentivizes U.S. automotive companies to ship jobs to Mexico and China, it’s a gift to Big Pharma as well.

USMCA would forbid Congress from curtailing Big Pharma’s patent monopolies on some of the world’s most expensive drugs. In simple terms, it would lock in high drug prices on many necessary and life-saving prescriptions.

So, the new NAFTA is definitely not looking like a solution. We must go back to the negotiating table with Mexico and Canada.

We need — and demand — a trade policy that benefits U.S. workers instead of CEO’s, who like NAFTA just the way it is for the sake of the bottom line.

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Local 1588 and area community business join together to help a union brother https://uaw.org/local-1588-area-community-business-join-together-help-union-brother/ Tue, 13 Aug 2019 11:26:02 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=25203 When a fellow union brother at Local 1588 at PPG Industries in Delaware, Ohio, became ill and doctors said he couldn’t leave the hospital until his house had an entrance wheelchair ramp, Local 1588 members stepped up and made it happen as a team and included the generosity of the local community.   Local 1588

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When a fellow union brother at Local 1588 at PPG Industries in Delaware, Ohio, became ill and doctors said he couldn’t leave the hospital until his house had an entrance wheelchair ramp, Local 1588 members stepped up and made it happen as a team and included the generosity of the local community.

 

Local 1588 President Jeff Gase tapped the local’s Veterans Committee chair, Sean Jones, to put the plan in motion. He contacted Home Depot which donated gift cards for ramp landscaping while the committee put a 50/50 raffle together that collected needed funds from Local 1588 sisters and brothers for materials to build the ramp.
When it came time to construct the ramp UAW Ford National Community Service Department members provided building assistance, along with members of Locals 2000 and 1250. The ramp project was truly a team effort between the UAW and the local community. Bravo!

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UAW Members helping youth across the nation https://uaw.org/uaw-members-helping-youth-across-nation/ Mon, 12 Aug 2019 13:36:54 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=25255 International Youth Day was first coined by the United Nations General Assembly in 1999, and now the 12th day of August serves as an annual celebration of the role of young women and men as essential partners in change, and an opportunity to raise awareness of challenges and problems facing the world’s youth. It’s no

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International Youth Day was first coined by the United Nations General Assembly in 1999, and now the 12th day of August serves as an annual celebration of the role of young women and men as essential partners in change, and an opportunity to raise awareness of challenges and problems facing the world’s youth.

It’s no surprise that UAW members, who are known for bringing awareness to challenges faced in their communities, also empower and help youth across the nation. Today we take a look at some of the times UAW members were essential partners in change for our nation’s children.

Local 1853 members reel in service to their local community’s children

Sometimes something as basic as going fishing can remind a child that they matter. Members of UAW Local 1853 and Region 8 partnered with the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency at the Tennessee Children’s Home Spring Hill Campus recently to drive that point home. Local 1853 members spent time planning

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UAW members make Christmas happier for 400 children in Niagara County

Continuing a 10-year Christmas tradition, members of Local 686/GM Lockport collected hundreds of toys in a one-day toy drive December 19 for children served by the United Way of Greater Niagara. The toys were distributed to over 400 kids in time for the holidays. Thanks for showing how much UAW members care about their communities,

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Local 2320 Members Donate Their Time and Expertise to Help Families in Need

When help is needed in local neighborhoods or across the country, UAW members don’t hesitate to step up. That couldn’t be more true for legal services workers with the Legal Staff Services Association, represented by UAW Local 2320. More than a dozen members will head to Texas to volunteer their legal knowledge and expertise for

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Union Front: Providing Hope to Struggling Military Families

The UAW Staff Council, in partnership with the International, provided financial support, as well as labor, for the construction of the home on the VFW’s campus that is named after the late UAW President Stephen P. Yokich. UAW Members Give $13,000 Donation to VFW National Home for Children The UAW Staff Council, an organization that

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Union front: UAW Member, Family Members Awarded 2016 Union Plus Scholarships

Washington, D.C. – Union Plus recently awarded $150,000 in scholarships to 104 students representing 32 unions, including eight winners representing the United Automobile Workers (UAW). This year’s group of scholarship recipients includes university, college, and trade or technical school students from 32 states. The UAW winners are: Alexandra Arenz of Sheboygan Falls, Wis. Arenz, whose

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In Flint, put children’s well-being first

The following article was written about the Flint Water Crisis by UAW Vice President and Director of the GM Department, Cindy Estrada. It originally appeared in the Detroit News as part of their Labor Voices series. My husband and our twin sons recently joined countless others to distribute water to Flint families dealing with the

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UAW Veterans Hold Carnival for Children of Veterans

Since 1925, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) has helped veterans and their families with short and long-term housing. From children who need foster care because their parents died in a war to veterans who have become homeless, the VFW maintains houses throughout the country to give aid to our military long after service. In

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G.I.V.E.S. Provides Holiday Help to Michigan Families & Children

Three organizations partnered to provide clothing, gifts, and food for 45 metropolitan Detroit families in need during this holiday season. On Thursday, Dec. 18, UAW Region 1A Director Rory Gamble hosted two community organizations, Michigan Welfare Rights and the Greater Detroit Agency for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Through his charity, Giving Is Very Extra

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Appeals court rules Honeywell workers have lifetime benefits for pre-1997 retirees https://uaw.org/appeals-court-rules-honeywell-workers-lifetime-benefits-pre-1997-retirees/ Thu, 08 Aug 2019 15:11:06 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=25277 ORDERS TRIAL FOR THOSE WHO RETIRED AFTERWARD Several hundred retired UAW workers from the Stratford Army Engine Plant in Stratford, CT won a major victory in a decision issued by the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals in a ruling against Honeywell, Inc. The appeals court decision upheld injunctions issued by District Court Judge Vanessa

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ORDERS TRIAL FOR THOSE WHO RETIRED AFTERWARD Several hundred retired UAW workers from the Stratford Army Engine Plant in Stratford, CT won a major victory in a decision issued by the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals in a ruling against Honeywell, Inc.

The appeals court decision upheld injunctions issued by District Court Judge Vanessa Bryant in Kelly vs Honeywell that prevented the company from unilaterally terminating UAW negotiated medical insurance it agreed to provide for life to all future retirees and surviving spouses.

In that ruling, the District Court ruled by summary judgment for anyone who retired under the effects bargaining agreement that promised benefits “for the life of the retiree or surviving spouse.”  In addition, the plaintiffs also won a preliminary injunction on behalf of those who retired after June 1997.  That portion of the case was to go to trial.  The company challenged the decision to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

The company agreed to these provisions in contract negotiations with the UAW when AlliedSignal acquired the business from Textron, Inc.  In 1999 AlliedSignal acquired the Honeywell Corporation and changed its name after it closed the Honeywell corporate offices in St Paul, Minnesota. The Court of Appeals upheld the legally enforceable contract language which it voluntarily agreed to in 1994 negotiations with Locals 1010 and 376 of the UAW.

“The second circuit ruled in favor of UAW retirees who worked their entire lives for the collectively bargained right to lifetime benefits – Honeywell tried to take that away and they lost because UAW retirees are tenacious, smart and fought every step of the way,” said Beverley Brakeman, Director of Region 9A. “Our retirees would have faced enormous hardship if Honeywell had its way. This decision restores their lifetime benefits and gives those who later retired a chance at trial to restore the benefits they thought they had.”

The UAW represented workers at a Textron army plant in Stratford, CT.  In 1993 Textron sold the plant to Allied Signal.  The UAW negotiated an agreement that covered various benefits if Allied Signal were to close the plant.  As part of the agreement, the Company promised to provide past and future retirees and surviving spouse’s retiree health care benefits for life. Allied Signal continued to operate the plant until 1998 when it closed and moved operations to various non-union plants.  Subsequently, Allied Signal adopted the Honeywell name.  Honeywell continued to provide retiree health care until 2015.

“We are overjoyed by this decision. After three and a half years of fighting to preserve our healthcare, we won.  Without the help of our union and its amazing legal team, we’d be in the same situation that thousands of retirees across the country are in as more and more companies like Honeywell jump on the effort to strip retired American workers of the benefits we worked for and earned,” said David Kelly, President UAW Local 1010. “Today we are relieved but remain disgusted at the corporate greed that is driving this trend,”

The Court of Appeals upheld the lower court decisions in favor of the retirees.  The Court of Appeals agreed that the contract language clearly established lifetime health care benefits for any pre-1997 retirees and ordered a trial on the issue for anyone who retired afterward.  The Company may try to appeal to the Supreme Court.  Otherwise, the case will be remanded back to the district court for trial on the small group of retirees and surviving spouses who retired after June of 1997.  In the meantime, the Company is required to maintain the benefits for all the retirees.

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How Union Women celebrate National Sisters Day https://uaw.org/union-women-celebrate-national-sisters-day/ Mon, 05 Aug 2019 01:48:19 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=25238 The first Sunday in August is National Sisters Day, and your opportunity to show your appreciation for that unique bond only sisters can understand. What better way to celebrate than joining with your fellow union sisters in the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW)? On March 24, 1974, over 3,000 determined labor union women and

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The first Sunday in August is National Sisters Day, and your opportunity to show your appreciation for that unique bond only sisters can understand. What better way to celebrate than joining with your fellow union sisters in the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW)?

On March 24, 1974, over 3,000 determined labor union women and supportive feminists from across the United States convened in Chicago to create the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW). The UAW was a founding supporter of CLUW, which elected then-UAW Vice President Olga Madar as its first president.

CLUW’s first convention established four goals that would guide its work to improve and empower working women:

  • Promote workplace affirmative action
  • Strengthen the role of women in unions
  • Organize women in the workplace
  • Increase women’s roles and influence in political and legislative processes

CLUW has dozens of chapters throughout the U.S. and Canada, with members representing most international and national unions. We encourage you to also join a local CLUW chapter. For more information, visit www.cluw.org.

Already a CLUW member? Here’s even more ways you can get together with your UAW Sisters:

A Promise to Keep

Download the PDF of this workshop An emerging body of motivational material discusses the relative failure of people to keep the “goals” they set compared to the relative success they have of keeping the “promises” they make to themselves.  A defined promise that you make to yourself is a great way to self-motivate positive personal change

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Her Story

HERSTORY Learning How to Tell Your Story for Personal and Union Leadership Development and Member Engagement and Action download the pdf of this workshop Inspiring political, social justice, and labor leaders all understand the value of storytelling to connect to people for action and engagement. Storytelling is a powerful component of leadership building. This workshop

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How to host a diaper drive

Download a PDF Version of This Activity Imagine only being able to change your baby’s diaper once a day in order to make it last until your next paycheck. For an average infant, a healthy change of diapers is up to 12 times per day, and 8 for a toddler. For low income families, a

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UAW Women’s Committee Publication

There are many different ways to use publications to support your local Women’s Committee work. Find one that works best for you. Create a:FlierPamphletBrochureNewsletter Circulate it:WeeklyMonthlyQuarterlyAnnually Communicate:Women’s Labor HistoryEducational Opportunities/ResourcesActivities of Local Women’s CommitteeAccomplishments of UAW Women/ RecognitionEvents

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10 reasons why being union helps women

As we observe Women’s History Month we know that unions have done so much to improve the lives of women, especially when it comes to making sure they get the same pay as men for doing the same work. Collective bargaining agreements ensure that all workers get the same pay for the same work regardless

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Celebrating friends in our communities on National Friendship Day https://uaw.org/celebrating-friends-communities-national-friendship-day/ Sun, 04 Aug 2019 18:13:09 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=25247 National Friendship day encourages people from across the globe to connect with friends. This is the day to make a new friend or connect with an old friend. For UAW members and their families, the community is as much of a friend as any other. And that is reflected by the connections and lives impacted

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National Friendship day encourages people from across the globe to connect with friends. This is the day to make a new friend or connect with an old friend.

For UAW members and their families, the community is as much of a friend as any other. And that is reflected by the connections and lives impacted by UAW members serving their communities.

Here’s a look back at some of our member stories as they’ve given back to the community:

Local 2250 sends area kids to school with the tools they need

The start of school is an important time for kids and having the materials they need to succeed makes all the difference. Thanks to UAW Local 2250 members at General Motors’ Wentzville, Missouri, Assembly Plant, hundreds of kids who might not otherwise have had those materials will be all set this year. Over the summer,

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Local 1588 and area community business join together to help a union brother

When a fellow union brother at Local 1588 at PPG Industries in Delaware, Ohio, became ill and doctors said he couldn’t leave the hospital until his house had an entrance wheelchair ramp, Local 1588 members stepped up and made it happen as a team and included the generosity of the local community.   Local 1588

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UAW Members helping youth across the nation

International Youth Day was first coined by the United Nations General Assembly in 1999, and now the 12th day of August serves as an annual celebration of the role of young women and men as essential partners in change, and an opportunity to raise awareness of challenges and problems facing the world’s youth. It’s no

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Celebrating friends in our communities on National Friendship Day

National Friendship day encourages people from across the globe to connect with friends. This is the day to make a new friend or connect with an old friend. For UAW members and their families, the community is as much of a friend as any other. And that is reflected by the connections and lives impacted

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Local 1853 members reel in service to their local community’s children

Sometimes something as basic as going fishing can remind a child that they matter. Members of UAW Local 1853 and Region 8 partnered with the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency at the Tennessee Children’s Home Spring Hill Campus recently to drive that point home. Local 1853 members spent time planning

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UAW Members: Giving Big Assistance With Tiny Homes for Homeless Vets

UAW Local 249’s Wheelchair Ramp Crew and the UAW-Ford Department are going strong in their sixth year of helping hundreds of area homebound veterans with their latest ramp building project. The crew also spends time working for Habitat for Humanity and VCP (Veterans Community Project). For the past several weeks the team has been tackling

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UAW local makes sure kids don’t go without for Christmas

The holidays may be over but the memories will last for kids at Local 211’s annual Christmas Party for Kids in Defiance, Ohio, thanks to efforts of the local’s committees joining together with retirees to produce the event. Games, food and a visit from Santa and his elves rounded out the event that included cookie

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Fort Wayne, Indiana’s 100-mile trail system gets help from local UAW’s Monster Fun Run and Pedal Poker Run

UAW Local 2209’s Conservation and Recreation Committee shows the true UAW spirit of helping their local community by raising $5,000 for the 100-mile Ft. Wayne Trails with an annual Monster Dash Fun Run & 5K and Pedal Poker Run.  

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UAW members make Christmas happier for 400 children in Niagara County

Continuing a 10-year Christmas tradition, members of Local 686/GM Lockport collected hundreds of toys in a one-day toy drive December 19 for children served by the United Way of Greater Niagara. The toys were distributed to over 400 kids in time for the holidays. Thanks for showing how much UAW members care about their communities,

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Automotive News: UAW delivers 4,000-plus community letters to GM HQ

Workers criticize Barra for plans to shutter plant she once ran DETROIT — UAW officials hand-delivered more than 4,000 community letters addressed to General Motors leadership on Friday in another effort to reverse the automaker’s decision to end production at four U.S. plants in 2019…. Read more on www.autonews.com >>>

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UAW Members Reach Out to Homeless families

PHOTO CAPTION: (L to R) Denise Wood, Local 163 financial secretary; Alfreada Wallace, Local 163 vice president; Tamieka Andrews, Westland Samaritas facility coordinator; Ralph Morris Jr., Local 163 president; Malisa Donner, Local 163 Women’s Committee chair. If the community struggles, we struggle, too (WESTLAND, Mich.) – Life is a little easier now for dozens of homeless families

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UAW Members Distribute Hundreds of Winter Coats to Those in Need in Michigan and Canada

(WARREN, Mich.) – Just in time for the cold weather descending on Michigan and Ontario, UAW members from locals throughout Region 1 recently distributed hundreds of warm coats to men, women and children in need during the region’s 7th Annual Coat Drive, part of the region’s longstanding tradition of giving back to local communities in

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Detroit area UAW local stands by Flint residents, continues bottled water donations that began in 2014

Members of UAW Local 228 donated a semi-truck filled with bottled water to residents of Flint, continuing their donation program that began when the water crisis began in Flint four years ago. Many Flint residents still struggle with water issues as the state works to complete pipe replacement while ending its bottled water distribution program.

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Local 1178 Retiree Devotes Life to Disaster Relief

“I get the blessing” It’s about church in your life and in your heart, says Local 1178 retiree Jody Bratcher. After retiring 10 years ago, the 70-year-old former FCA Chicago Parts Depot worker has devoted her life to what’s in her heart — a desire to serve the Lord by helping victims of natural disasters

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Local 2320 Members Donate Their Time and Expertise to Help Families in Need

When help is needed in local neighborhoods or across the country, UAW members don’t hesitate to step up. That couldn’t be more true for legal services workers with the Legal Staff Services Association, represented by UAW Local 2320. More than a dozen members will head to Texas to volunteer their legal knowledge and expertise for

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Local 3000 Gives Back

UAW members serve their local communities in many ways. Local 3000 members prove that more than 15 times a year sponsoring charity events for those in need. Their latest give back to the community? An annual mobile food pantry in August run by local members at Ford Motor Co.’s Flat Rock, Michigan, Assembly Plant where

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Union Members Renovate Boat Ramp This Earth Day

This Earth Day weekend, members of the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance, including members of UAW Local 42, came together to rebuild a boat ramp on Chickamauga Lake outside of Chattanooga, Tennessee. The union members partnered with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency to rebuild the boat ramp, making it safer and accessible to individuals with disabilities. “Unions

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Kokomo Union Members Support Students

The UAW isn’t only about collective bargaining and giving a voice to workers. It’s also about supporting local communities like UAW locals in Kokomo did when they donated supplies to kids throughout Howard County: On Feb. 2, UAW 1302 members made their rounds at the area schools, dropping off supplies. The union, headed up by

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Region 1A MLK Day of Service

Next Monday, radio host Mildred Gaddis and Region 1A Director Rory L. Gamble will host their annual sleeping bag drive to help homeless members of the community. They’re accepting donations of sleeping bags, socks, blankets, and other cold weather items. They’re also looking for volunteers to help distribute the items.

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Donate to the Florida Workers Relief Fund

As millions of our fellow Floridians continue the immediate work of digging out after Hurricane Irma by dealing with the loss of electricity, needing food, water and basic necessities, the Florida AFL-CIO is working to help provide assistance for both the short and long term for the victims of this terrible storm. The Florida AFL-CIO

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Wear jeans 4/26 to show support for sexual assault victims

The UAW is recognizing National Denim Day by supporting a fundraising campaign by Enough Sexual Assault in Detroit (Enough SAID) to process rape kits found in a Detroit Police Department storage unit in 2009. Of the 11,000 kits that were discovered, over 1,000 still need to be processed. For the past 18 years, Peace Over

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Sign the petition to honor Walter Reuther with a commemorative stamp https://uaw.org/sign-petition-honor-walter-reuther-commemorative-stamp/ Fri, 02 Aug 2019 17:02:49 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=25213 Walter Reuther can be said to have done more for more American workers than any other leader in the labor movement. He spent his life ensuring American workers have a voice at the table with management, a voice still exercised today by workers in contract negotiations that will affect millions of working families.  He was

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Walter Reuther can be said to have done more for more American workers than any other leader in the labor movement. He spent his life ensuring American workers have a voice at the table with management, a voice still exercised today by workers in contract negotiations that will affect millions of working families. 

He was president of the United Automobile Workers (UAW) from 1946 to 1970. Born into a West Virginia union family in 1907, he learned at an early age the importance of unions, social justice and political action.  

He and his brother Victor joined the auto industry when they moved to Detroit for work in 1927. It was there they had their first up-close view of how auto workers were abused in plants run without worker input. During the Great Depression, when many Americans were exploring alternatives to capitalism, Walter was fired for campaigning for a Socialist Party presidential candidate. Shortly after the firing, he traveled to the Soviet Union with his brother to work and to train Russians at the Gorky auto factory, equipped by Henry Ford. He returned to Detroit in 1935 and quickly established the rise of the UAW by forming Westside Local 174. Shortly after, he was elected to the UAW’s executive board.

The UAW saw major victories with the Flint Sit-Down strike in 1937 and other strikes that led to national recognition of the UAW by the Big 3 automakers. The victories were hard-won, however, and included Walter and his associates being beaten by Ford Motor Company thugs for organizing at the infamous Battle of the Overpass on May 26, 1937, and assassination attempts on Walter and his brother, Victor. 

Walter and UAW members would go on to play a role in the Allied victory in World War II thanks to Reuther’s creative plan to retool auto factories to produce 500 Allied planes a day, a cornerstone of the Arsenal of Democracy that won the war. 

After the war, the battles for fairness for workers continued with Walter at the helm as president who pledged to create a labor movement that fights “for the welfare of the public at large.” Over the next 10 years, the UAW, under his leadership, would gain historic benefits for workers through collective bargaining and create the strongest middle class ever seen in America.

He served as president of the CIO (Congress of Industrial Organizations) in the 1950s but as UAW president, his national stature became a driving force behind labor’s social justice advocacy. 

“You’ve got to make up your mind whether you’re willing to accept things as they are, or whether you’re willing to try to change them,” he famously said.  He worked with government leaders and Dr. Martin Luther King on the passage of civil rights legislation, helped develop the War on Poverty initiative, marched with social justice and civil rights activists across the country, oversaw the UAW’s financing of the 1963 freedom marches, spoke before millions at the 1963 Washington, D.C., march and worked with the Johnson administration on getting assistance to troubled cities.

In the 1960s, he also advocated for aligning with international trade unions and began his dream of establishing a retreat center for worker education about workers’ rights and social justice. His beloved UAW Walter and May Reuther Family Education Center in northern Michigan still operates to achieve that goal but, sadly, Walter and his wife, May, were never able to fully enjoy the center after their plane crashed en route to the center on May 9, 1970.

Walter Reuther’s legacy lives on today with all workers who are still without a voice at the table with management, with those who believe in the rights of working families, and with supporters of social and economic justice.

Thanks to everyone who has signed! The petition deadline was Aug. 6 at 11:59 p.m.

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Celebrate International Beer Day the Union Way https://uaw.org/celebrate-international-beer-day-union-way/ Fri, 02 Aug 2019 14:15:08 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=25235 International Beer Day is a great opportunity to beat the heat with a summer brew. If you’re celebrating, make sure your drink is union-made! Below is a list of beers made and bottled by our union brothers and sisters, including members of UAW Local 9 at MillerCoors. ▶ Alexander Keith’s ▶ Bass ▶ Beck’s ▶

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International Beer Day is a great opportunity to beat the heat with a summer brew. If you’re celebrating, make sure your drink is union-made! Below is a list of beers made and bottled by our union brothers and sisters, including members of UAW Local 9 at MillerCoors.

▶ Alexander Keith’s ▶ Bass ▶ Beck’s ▶ Black Hawk ▶ Blue Moon ▶ Budweiser ▶ Bud Light ▶ Busch ▶ Butte Creek ▶ Coors ▶ Coors Light ▶ Czechvar ▶ Dundee ▶ Duquesne ▶ Goose Island ▶ Henry Weinhard’s ▶ Hoegaarden ▶ Icehouse ▶ Iron City ▶ Keystone Light ▶ Killian’s ▶ Kirin ▶ Labatt Blue ▶ Land Shark Lager ▶ Lazy Mutt ▶ Leffe Blond ▶ Leinenkugel ▶ Lionshead ▶ Mendocino ▶ Michelob ▶ Michelob Ultra ▶ Miller Genuine Draft ▶ Miller Lite ▶ Miller High Life ▶ Milwaukee’s Best ▶ Molson ▶ Moosehead ▶ Natural Light ▶ O’Douls ▶Pabst Blue Ribbon ▶ Red Dog ▶ Red Tail ▶ Rolling Rock ▶ Red Stripe ▶ Sam Adams ▶ Schlitz ▶Sharp’s ▶ Shock Top ▶ Steelhead ▶ Stegmaier ▶ Stella Artois

And for those of you who stay away from alcohol, Barq’s Root Beer is a delicious and union-made option!

 

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‘Some people said it wouldn’t happen. I knew better.’ https://uaw.org/people-said-wouldnt-happen-knew-better/ Sun, 28 Jul 2019 21:47:50 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=25217 The nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing this month, Seventy-nine-year-old Al Ybarra has special pride in that mission. He and his fellow UAW members at Local 887 built the rocket engines that propelled the ship to the moon and back and constructed the module compartment where the pilots sat. Ybarra

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The nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing this month, Seventy-nine-year-old Al Ybarra has special pride in that mission. He and his fellow UAW members at Local 887 built the rocket engines that propelled the ship to the moon and back and constructed the module compartment where the pilots sat. Ybarra started working on research and development of the ship’s F1 and J2 engines in 1961 at Rocketdyne when he hired into North American Rockwell in California. Eventually, Rockwell’s other divisions, along with Rocketdyne, finished testing and constructing the five F1’s, five J2’s, one module engine and the crew capsule in 1969 in time for the launch. 

Local 887 member works on rocket engine at Rockwell in California in the 1960s.

It was a massive undertaking by the nearly 30,000 Local 887 members. Once the equipment was ready, it was delivered by ship and special planes to the launch site. The rest is history. 

“We put manifolds and heat exchangers on the engines that were 30 to 40 feet high, would put parts on and take them off, redo them. All of us that worked on it felt confident. Many of us were from the military and had discipline, dedication and a lot of pride in what we do,” said Ybarra, who went on to hold many leadership positions in Local 887, state union organizations and as an International Representative for the UAW. 

“The Apollo 11 mission was an amazing feat,” he added. “Even though some people said it wouldn’t happen, I knew better.”

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Labor Voices: Handshake symbolizes struggle for worker rights https://uaw.org/labor-voices-handshake-symbolizes-struggle-worker-rights/ Wed, 24 Jul 2019 15:20:56 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=25211 It’s hard to think about the cold right now in Michigan. With news about heatwaves and soaring heat index ratings, December seems a world away. But some of us thought about December this week. This past Monday and Tuesday, the Big Three automakers sat down with UAW leadership for the ceremonial handshake — the handshake that

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It’s hard to think about the cold right now in Michigan. With news about heatwaves and soaring heat index ratings, December seems a world away.

But some of us thought about December this week. This past Monday and Tuesday, the Big Three automakers sat down with UAW leadership for the ceremonial handshake — the handshake that historically starts off all contract negotiations. We’ve been negotiating contracts with these groups for over 65 years, and each negotiation starts with this same handshake.

Negotiations didn’t always start this way, however, and that’s where we get to December.

Read more at The Detroit News >>>

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UAW President Gary Jones Remarks at the 110th NAACP Convention https://uaw.org/uaw-president-gary-joness-remarks-110th-naacp-convention/ Tue, 23 Jul 2019 14:44:39 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=25198 On July 22nd, UAW President Gary Jones delivered an address to delegates at the 110th NAACP Convention in Detroit, Michigan. Jones honored the organization’s history and continued work as a champion for civil rights across America. He also highlighted the UAW’s commitment to ensuring racial equality during the American civil rights movement and the struggle

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On July 22nd, UAW President Gary Jones delivered an address to delegates at the 110th NAACP Convention in Detroit, Michigan. Jones honored the organization’s history and continued work as a champion for civil rights across America. He also highlighted the UAW’s commitment to ensuring racial equality during the American civil rights movement and the struggle to end apartheid in South Africa and pledged that the UAW will continue to stand with the NAACP to ensure equality and justice for all Americans. The transcript of his remarks can be found below.

 

 

Gary Jones Remarks

110th NAACP Annual Convention
July 22, 2019

Cobo Hall 

 

Good morning, brothers and sisters.

We’ve been marching together, the UAW and the NAACP, side by side, for generations.

I am so pleased to be here today to recognize this great organization that, since its inception over one hundred years ago, has been a beacon to so many. This organization and its members here are responsible for some of the greatest achievements in the history of civil rights, and of human rights. And you continue to be entrusted with the hopes and dreams of people all over the world. To give a voice to people who often have none. I honestly cannot think of a more important fight and a greater mission. We share that mission.

There’s a history to Right-to-Work, you know, that dates back to Jim Crow times in the American South. The people in charge wanted to make sure that African Americans and working white people could not be members of an organization together. They knew the power that would be found when we worked together.

When the UAW was formed in 1937, a decision was made that we would unionize based on what industry someone worked in, and everyone would be included, regardless of race. Our organization, unique among labor unions, included African American members from its inception- not just as members, though but in leadership roles. This is a reflection of our mission, and of our membership as a whole, from the time of the Sit Down Strike until today.

Those were challenging times. But you know, challenging times produce great leadership. Great causes, great struggles, great courage- they produce giants. Two giants, in particular, one from your organization and one from ours, stood together during some of the most difficult periods in this nation’s history stood together, not just as two men working toward a common goal, but as friends. Because they both understood that labor rights are civil rights. And they both understood that there is power in working together. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and President Walter Reuther, marched together, worked together, fought together as friends. Dr. King wrote his “I Have A Dream” speech right here in Detroit, at Solidarity House. Walter Reuther paid the bond when Dr. King was being held in Birmingham jail. Brothers and sisters, these two men joined together and changed this nation. And everyone in this room shares in those achievements.

The friendship between the UAW and the NAACP continues through our organization’s history. Another UAW President, Owen Bieber, my friend and mentor, continued to lead the UAW in another shared fight. Owen joined the struggle against the evils of apartheid, supporting President Nelson Mandela. And upon his release, one of Mr. Mandela’s first visits was right here in Dearborn, Michigan, at Local 600. He came to thank our members personally for their efforts and financial support during his struggle. During that visit, Owen gave Mandela a royal blue UAW jacket, embroidered with his name. He pronounced him an honorary member of the UAW. Mandela made a speech to the union members present for his visit, stating “Sisters and brothers, friends and comrades, the man who is speaking is not a stranger here.” “The man who is speaking is a member of the UAW.  I am your flesh and blood.” Because that is what the friendship between our organizations really means. We are truly brothers and sisters.

Those were challenging times. These are challenging times. More than ever, we need to work toward a joint goal. More than ever, we need to share in the never-ending fight for equality for all, Justice for all. And respect for all. This convention’s theme sums it up perfectly: When we fight, we win.

Sisters and brothers, I don’t have to tell anyone here that our nation is divided. It is divided, still, and it is hurting. Our friends, our families, our communities, they are struggling. But here, here in this room, we know that we can fight together. Fight against those who would seek to divide us, would seek to diminish and defeat us. So, sisters and brothers, we are gathered together once again to fight these battles. It’s never easy, but we will prevail because we never, never, never give up.

I will end with this by saying: The UAW stands by your side. In solidarity. And in friendship. Thank you, brothers and sisters.

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UAW Summer Safety Tips https://uaw.org/uaw-summer-safety-tips/ Wed, 17 Jul 2019 02:00:41 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=25148 Summer brings the hottest days of the year. And while we often think of summertime as the season of vacation, swimming, and ice cream, millions of Americans will spend the summer months laboring outdoors in high temperatures. But it’s not just sunburns and dehydration we have to worry about this season: road trips and travel,

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Summer brings the hottest days of the year. And while we often think of summertime as the season of vacation, swimming, and ice cream, millions of Americans will spend the summer months laboring outdoors in high temperatures. But it’s not just sunburns and dehydration we have to worry about this season: road trips and travel, water cleanliness, food safety and deadly heat all pose serious risks in the summertime. Read up on some of our summer safeguard tips to keep you and your family safe this summer:

Road Trips, Cars and Travel: Families spend more time in the car during the summer on road trips, and with teenage drivers off of school for the summer, their time behind the wheel is likely to go up. Make sure that seatbelts are worn, especially in rear seats — unrestrained rear seat passengers are nearly eight times as likely to sustain a serious injury in a crash as those wearing seat belts.

Additionally, without open windows or air conditioning, cars can reach deadly temperatures in the summer. Make sure children and pets are never left in the car alone for any period of time.

Water Cleanliness: Many waterways and lakes throughout the U.S. experience toxic algae blooms that can sicken people, prevent them from enjoying seasonal activities like fishing and swimming, threaten our drinking water and kill wildlife. Pay attention to signs around bodies of water that may alert you to high bacteria levels or algal blooms before swimming. 

Food Safety: At many pork manufacturing plants, the number of FDA inspectors monitoring temperatures and workplace safety hazards has decreased this summer. This makes workers more vulnerable to injuries on the job, and could potentially make food less safe to eat.

If you work outdoors, make sure your food is stored in a cooler in the shade to keep food cool. At your family picnic or neighborhood barbeque, make sure you’re storing food at safe temperatures and use thermometers to make sure meat is cooked all the way through.

Beating the Heat: Heat is the leading weather-related killer in the United States. For those of us who work outdoors, it is absolutely critical to your health and well-being to make sure you have easy access to water and shade and to take rest periods throughout the day. 

Sunblock is also critical in preventing sunburns and warding off skin cancer. But not all sunscreens are created equal — get a product with an appropriate level of SPF for your skin.

 

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UAW and FCA Kick Off Bargaining https://uaw.org/uaw-fca-kick-off-bargaining/ Tue, 16 Jul 2019 17:19:26 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=25159 UAW International President Gary Jones’s Remarks FCA Handshake Ceremony July 16, 2019 FCA Headquarters 1:00 p.m. Good afternoon UAW Brothers and Sisters, fellow UAW board members and the members of our great bargaining councils. Good afternoon members of the FCA leadership. Mark Stewart, Thank you for being here for this important event. I’d like to

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UAW International President Gary Jones’s Remarks

FCA Handshake Ceremony
July 16, 2019
FCA Headquarters
1:00 p.m.

Good afternoon UAW Brothers and Sisters, fellow UAW board members and the members of our great bargaining councils.

Good afternoon members of the FCA leadership. Mark Stewart, Thank you for being here for this important event.

I’d like to start by recognizing the hard work of the UAW FCA Department, led by my Sister and friend, Vice President Cindy Estrada, and the members of FCA national negotiating committee.

It is an honor to be here today to represent the hardest working men and women I know, my UAW family.

Brothers and Sisters who build the best products in the world.

Who are FCA’s best customers.

And who stepped right up and took concessions during the dark days of the downturn to ensure FCA’s survival.

So, today I come with a message from my UAW Brothers and Sisters.

Since the 2015 negotiations, FCA has seen enormous gains in profits.

Profits made possible by the UAW workforce.

And I have heard loud and clear — at every FCA plant and local I visit.

My Brothers and Sisters who build these cars and trucks and SUVs and who stood by this company and made sacrifices to ensure its survival, expect to share in those profits.

When you needed us, we were there, and we expect no less in return.

We all know that we’re seeing record profits among our American auto companies.

In fact, the Big 3 are more profitable in North America than any of their competitors.

You all have the home advantage.

That advantage is built every day in your plants by our members.

But I am sorry to say, that despite billions of dollars in corporate profits, we’ve been watching a Race to the Bottom over the past several years for working men and women in this country.

In this time of corporate prosperity, labor is still being asked to take concessions.

Cuts in benefits, retirement security in jeopardy, job loss, wage loss, outsourcing, more and more temporary workers, jobs shifted to Mexico and China.

THIS MUST STOP.

With this year’s negotiations, we will halt that Race to the Bottom.

We will protect our work, our jobs and our way of life.

We will call on FCA to protect our jobs and allocate product at Belvidere, Kokomo or in any location where product is not yet allocated. And we want every location to continue to grow the FCA membership … who produce some of the finest and best quality vehicles in the world.

We will address the issues of Temporary workers in our workforce and outsourcing our jobs to companies in both the United States, Mexico and abroad.

And we will take up the issue of progression and shorten the eight-year window that my Brothers and Sisters say — LOUDLYis way too long to get to the top of the pay scale.

We expect an agreement that recognizes our contributions to profitability and looks ahead with FCA to a prosperous future.

And as we look ahead, our UAW members expect to build the products of the future and be part of the manufacturing and automation processes that are on the horizon.

We were so pleased this year to see FCA’s $4.5 billion investment in our Detroit community and in the creation of good-paying union jobs.

We look forward to more investment in American jobs.

We are ready for the exciting new technologies that will redefine the auto industry in the decades ahead.

We will bargain hard to ensure that UAW members are provided with the training, the tools and the safe environments to, as always, more than keep pace with the industry’s advancements.

We are excited to be part of the evolving workforce: EV propulsion and energy storage; autonomous vehicles and related components, new mobility businesses and joint ventures.

We understand that joint ventures and business partnerships are sometimes necessary to continued profitability.

And whether it’s an OEM or technology partner, we are here to work with you on those ventures and have a role in those discussions.

We look forward to good negotiations and a good contract. Our membership is standing strong.

My UAW Brothers and Sisters are ready to do whatever is necessary to get the contract that, in this time of record profits, they DESERVE.

So, we kick off 2019 negotiations today.

And I say to everyone listening and everyone in this room:

We are the voice of the American worker.

The defenders of the Middle Class.

AND WE ARE READY TO TALK!

Thank you.

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UAW and GM Begin 2019 Negotiations https://uaw.org/uaw-gm-begin-2019-negotiations/ Tue, 16 Jul 2019 14:31:11 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=25157 UAW International President Gary Jones GM Handshake Ceremony July 16, 2019 Detroit Marriott Ambassador Ballroom 10:00 a.m. Good morning UAW Brothers and Sisters, fellow UAW board members and the members of our great bargaining councils. Good morning members of the GM leadership. Mary, thank you for coming to this important event​. I’d like to start

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UAW International President Gary Jones GM Handshake Ceremony
July 16, 2019
Detroit Marriott Ambassador Ballroom 10:00 a.m.

Good morning UAW Brothers and Sisters, fellow UAW board members and the members of our great bargaining councils.

Good morning members of the GM leadership. Mary, thank you for coming to this important event.

I’d like to start by recognizing the hard work of the UAW GM Department, led by my Brother and friend, Vice President Terry Dittes, and the members of the GM national negotiating committee.

It is an honor to be here today on behalf of the greatest workforce in the world, my UAW family. The dedicated, hard-working men and women who, day in and day out, get the job done.

UAW members have been the backbone of General Motors for more than 80 years.

They are the loyalest of employees.

They are your most loyal customers.

And they have supported General Motors through thick and thin.

They have believed in this company and have exclusively purchased the cars and trucks they have made with their hearts, hands and minds.

So, today I come with a message from my UAW Brothers and Sisters.

From the men and women who built the products that gave GM record-setting profits for the past years.

In fact, GM is the most profitable of the Big 3 in North America since the 2015 contract negotiations.

That message, which I have heard loud and clear from our members is:

JUST AS THE UAW’S WORKERS HAVE BEEN THERE FOR GM, OUR UAW BARGAINING TEAM IS CHARGED WITH MAKING SURE THAT GM WILL BE THERE FOR THEM.

We all know that we have seen a Race to the Bottom over the past several years for working men and women in this country.

Cuts in benefits, retirement security in jeopardy, job loss, wage loss, more and more temporary workers, shipping our jobs to Mexico and China. And outsourcing our​ ​good General Motors jobs to other companies paying lower wages in the United States.

So, what I want to say today and what I want GM’s leadership to hear is: With this year’s negotiations, we will halt that Race to the Bottom.

We will protect this workforce, their jobs and their way of life.

We go into this bargaining season at a time of plenty.

We will hammer out an agreement that values our contributions and looks, with GM, to a prosperous future.

And as we look to 2020 and beyond, I want to make it clear that the UAW is committed to building the products and the manufacturing and automation processes of the future.

Our membership is standing strong.

And my Brothers and Sisters are ready to do whatever is necessary to get the contract that, in this time of record profits, they DESERVE.

So, I’ll remind us all of something we’ve been saying since last November when GM announced they planned to close four plants:

WE INVESTED IN YOU, NOW IT’S YOUR TURN TO INVEST IN US.

I’m sorry to say that GM has the fastest shrinking footprint here at home in these United States of America.

Speaking on behalf of my Brothers and Sisters, know this: We will leave no stone unturned to protect our Brothers and Sisters at the locations put on the block.

We call on GM to keep these plants open and allocate more products on American soil. It can be done.

In fact, just recently, GM announced a $150 million investment in the Flint Truck plant and the addition of 1,000 jobs.

And 400 new jobs that will be added at the Lake Orion plant.

And $900 million and a full shift in Bowling Green for the new mid-engine Corvette.

The UAW enters this bargaining session in good faith that GM will continue to move forward on this made-in-America course.

For our part, our Sisters and Brothers are ready for the new technologies that will redefine the auto industry in the decades ahead.

We will bargain hard to ensure UAW members are provided with the training, the tools and the safe environments to, as always, more than keep pace with the industry’s advancements.

And we will take up the issue of Progression and shorten that eight-year window.

I will tell you that the UAW is excited to be part of the evolving workforce: EV propulsion and energy storage; autonomous vehicles and related components, new mobility businesses and joint ventures.

We welcome progress and our role in that progress.

That is also why we need to address the issues of temporary workers and outsourcing.

So, as we kick off 2019 negotiations today, and I say to everyone listening and everyone in this room:

We are the voice of the American worker,

The defenders of the Middle Class

AND WE ARE READY TO TALK!

Thank you

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UAW-Ford Bargaining Kicks Off https://uaw.org/uaw-ford-bargaining-kicks-off/ Mon, 15 Jul 2019 17:12:57 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=25155 Transcript of UAW President Gary Jones’s Remarks Ford Motor Company Handshake Ceremony July 15, 2019 Ford World Headquarters 10:00 a.m.   Good morning UAW Brothers and Sisters, fellow UAW board members and the members of our great bargaining councils. Good morning members of the Ford leadership team. It is great that Bill Ford has joined

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Transcript of UAW President Gary Jones’s Remarks

Ford Motor Company Handshake Ceremony

July 15, 2019

Ford World Headquarters

10:00 a.m.

 

Good morning UAW Brothers and Sisters, fellow UAW board members and the members of our great bargaining councils.

Good morning members of the Ford leadership team. It is great that Bill Ford has joined us for this important event in our history … Thank you.

I’d like to start by recognizing the hard work of the UAW Ford Department, led by my Brother and friend, Vice President Rory Gamble, and the members of the Ford national negotiating committee.

It is an honor to be here today to represent the hardest working men and women who have made Ford Motor Company the great company it is today.

UAW members build the best products in the world. 

Who are the loyalest of employees and who are — and always have been — Ford’s best customers.

So, today I come with a message from my Brothers and Sisters. 

Ford Motor Company has seen years of growth and significant profitability since the 2015 negotiations.

And I have heard loud and clear — at every Ford plant and local I visit — that they expect to share in the profits that their hard work and dedication has made possible.

We’re seeing record profits for our American companies, but, sad to say, those gains aren’t translating to our worker’s gains.

In fact, the Big 3 are more profitable in North America than any of their competitors.

You all have the home advantage.

The home advantage that our members built.

But despite record corporate profits, we’ve been watching a Race to the Bottom over the past several years for working men and women in this country.

Despite record profits, labor is still being asked to take concessions. Our jobs have been outsourced to companies paying lower wages in the United States, Mexico, China and all over the World.

THIS MUST STOP. 

So, I am here to say, loud and clear:

With this year’s negotiations, we will halt that Race to the Bottom. 

We will protect our work, our jobs and our way of life.

We expect an agreement that recognizes our contributions to profitability and looks ahead with Ford Motor Company to a prosperous future. 

And, as we look ahead, our UAW members expect to build the products of the future and be part of the manufacturing and automation processes that are on the horizon.

We are ready for the exciting new technologies that will redefine the auto industry. 

We will bargain hard to ensure that UAW members are provided with the training, the tools and the safe environments to, as always, more than keep pace with the industry’s advancements. 

The UAW has always embraced change and technology advancements.

We are excited to be part of the evolving workforce: EV propulsion and energy storage; autonomous vehicles and related components, new mobility businesses such as Argo and all joint ventures.

We want to work with you on joint ventures and partnerships and have a role in those discussions.

We saw beginning in January of this year, and the continued discussions, an alliance with Volkswagen in Europe. As you all are aware …Volkswagen was not friendly to the UAW in Chattanooga and we will look very hard and with great concern at any alliance with them or any other non-labor friendly company.

I’m sure more will come on this front.

We want to be part of this evolving business model. 

And I’d like to point out here, and applaud that Ford Motor Company has chosen a business strategy, with great success, that keeps much of its North American production in the United States.

Of the Big 3, Ford sources much more of the vehicles it sells in the U.S. from the U.S.

And, our UAW Brothers and Sisters produce 100% of Ford’s great pickups.

We look forward to good negotiations and a good contract. 

Our membership is standing strong.

UAW Brothers and Sisters are ready to do whatever is necessary to get the contract that, in this time of record profits, they deserve.

We also know that we will need to address the issues of temporary employees and outsourcing.

And we will take up the issue of progression and shorten that eight-year window that my brothers and sisters say — LOUDLY… is way too long to get to the top of the pay scale.

So, we kick off 2019 negotiations today.

And I say to everyone listening and everyone in this room.

We are the voice of the American worker.

The defenders of the Middle Class.

AND WE ARE READY TO TALK!

Thank You

 

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT – Pass the PRO Act https://uaw.org/message-president-pass-pro-act/ Thu, 11 Jul 2019 15:27:28 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=25142 Last month marked one year since the Supreme Court handed down a wrongheaded, anti-worker decision in Janus v. AFSCME. Right-wing pundits predicted the death of the labor movement, but we fought back harder than ever. In the face of ruthless attacks on our most fundamental rights, our solidarity has only grown stronger. Five justices in

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Last month marked one year since the Supreme Court handed down a wrongheaded, anti-worker decision in Janus v. AFSCME. Right-wing pundits predicted the death of the labor movement, but we fought back harder than ever. In the face of ruthless attacks on our most fundamental rights, our solidarity has only grown stronger. Five justices in Washington won’t dictate our movement’s future. We are demanding that Congress make it easier for every working person to enjoy the rights and dignities that come with a union card. Make your voice heard loud and clear, and tell Congress to pass the PRO Act.

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Local 1853 members reel in service to their local community’s children https://uaw.org/local-1853-members-reel-service-local-communitys-children/ Mon, 08 Jul 2019 14:28:48 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=25144 Sometimes something as basic as going fishing can remind a child that they matter. Members of UAW Local 1853 and Region 8 partnered with the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency at the Tennessee Children’s Home Spring Hill Campus recently to drive that point home. Local 1853 members spent time planning

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Sometimes something as basic as going fishing can remind a child that they matter. Members of UAW Local 1853 and Region 8 partnered with the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency at the Tennessee Children’s Home Spring Hill Campus recently to drive that point home. Local 1853 members spent time planning for the event then took a couple hundred of the home’s residents fishing for the Spring Hill Area Take Kids Fishing Day, which included a day of help fishing, time-worn tips on how to catch that elusive big fish and new fishing poles. UAW Local 1853 President Tim Stannard said the event shows the true spirit of UAW membership. “A lot of people don’t know much about unions or have heard bad stuff about them,” he said. “This shows that union members are normal, next-door neighbors who work together to provide living wages and benefits for our families — and we also care about getting kids out in nature, away from the video games.”

Photo: Union Sportsmen’s Alliance

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Local 892 Members Ratify Faurecia Contract https://uaw.org/local-892-members-ratify-faurecia-contract/ Tue, 02 Jul 2019 14:12:53 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=25134 Members of UAW Local 892 voted last week to ratify a new four-year contract. The 1,900 members, employed by auto parts manufacturer Faurecia interior Systems in Saline, Michigan, build parts for Fiat Chrysler, Ford, and Tesla vehicles. The contract was passed with 83% support from the workers and will implement periodic pay raises over the next

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Members of UAW Local 892 voted last week to ratify a new four-year contract. The 1,900 members, employed by auto parts manufacturer Faurecia interior Systems in Saline, Michigan, build parts for Fiat Chrysler, Ford, and Tesla vehicles.

The contract was passed with 83% support from the workers and will implement periodic pay raises over the next four years, institute a $2,500 signing bonus, and create a union health and safety representative position.

The vote came less than a week after Local 892 members went on a nine-hour strike following the expiration of their previous contract.

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ILO passes landmark measure against violence and harassment in the workplace https://uaw.org/ilo-passes-landmark-measure-violence-harassment-workplace/ Mon, 01 Jul 2019 18:35:30 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=25132 On Friday, June 21, 2019, the International Labour Organization (ILO), an arm of the United Nations that sets internationally recognized labor standards, took a historic step forward by adopting a new landmark convention against violence and harassment in the workplace. Convention 190, which will be binding for governments that ratify it, was passed by a

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On Friday, June 21, 2019, the International Labour Organization (ILO), an arm of the United Nations that sets internationally recognized labor standards, took a historic step forward by adopting a new landmark convention against violence and harassment in the workplace.

Convention 190, which will be binding for governments that ratify it, was passed by a wide margin of votes on the final day of the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) annual conference of governments, employers and workers.

“This is truly a momentous moment for workers all over the world,” said UAW President Gary Jones.  “The UAW has been, and always will be, a tireless defender of workers rights. The right to a safe and harassment-free work environment is doubtlessly a human right as well. Therefore, the UAW wholeheartedly stands with the ILO in supporting the new standards and protections of Convention 190. We urge the timely ratification of this measure.”

The UAW has a long, proud history and has been a vocal supporter of this urgently needed measure, which represents a victory for workers and unions around the world. It is the first international instrument that addresses these issues specifically. In fact, only a few countries provide broad protection against violence and harassment in the workplace.

“The dignity of the rights in the workplace demands that workers can be free from violence and harassment of any kind at work,” said UAW Vice President and Director of the UAW Women’s Department, Cindy Estrada. “Organized labor led by the UAW understands that all workers deserve this common sense protection both at home and at work.”

Governments use ILO conventions to draft and implement laws and regulations. Employers use them to establish international best practices and labor unions use them to advocate for better protections at work.

The measure covers not only physical, but also psychological, sexual or economic harm, and recognizes the particular impact on women and girls and the need for a gender-responsive approach which will address the causes of GBV (gender stereotypes, discrimination, unequal gender-based power).

The new standard extends protections to workers and employees, irrespective of their employment status, and includes persons in training, interns and apprentices, and volunteers. It covers violence and harassment occurring in the workplace; places where a worker is paid, takes a rest or meal break, or uses sanitary, washing or changing facilities; during work-related trips, travel, training, events or social activities; work-related communications (including information and communication technologies), in employer-provided accommodations; and when commuting to and from work.

The measure also recognizes that violence and harassment may involve third parties.

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Make it a Union Made 4th of July Cookout https://uaw.org/make-union-made-4th-july-cookout-2/ Sat, 29 Jun 2019 13:15:04 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=25126 Everybody knows that July 4th weekend is time to beat the heat. So it’s not unusual for UAW members to fire up the grill, then kick back with a cold one and enjoy a little quality summer time with the family. Now there’s an easy way to make sure that your supplies are union-made! You can text

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Everybody knows that July 4th weekend is time to beat the heat.

So it’s not unusual for UAW members to fire up the grill, then kick back with a cold one and enjoy a little quality summer time with the family. Now there’s an easy way to make sure that your supplies are union-made!

You can text Made to 235246 to get a list of union-made items right from the AFL-CIO. Or you can visit go.aflcio.org/UnionBrew for a list of union-made beer, wine and spirits and go.aflcio.org/UnionBBQ for a list of union-made cookout items. Want to spread the word? Just share these graphics on social media!

 

 

 

 

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Labor Voices: Labor organizers fight to adapt https://uaw.org/labor-voices-labor-organizers-fight-adapt/ Wed, 26 Jun 2019 15:58:57 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=25128 We learned some lessons from Chattanooga this month – lessons that were years in the making. Lessons about a broken system; lessons about how labor has changed, how management has changed, and how the world has changed. Read more on www.detroitnews.com >>>

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We learned some lessons from Chattanooga this month – lessons that were years in the making. Lessons about a broken system; lessons about how labor has changed, how management has changed, and how the world has changed.

Read more on www.detroitnews.com >>>

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The Spring 2019 Edition of Solidarity Magazine is now online! https://uaw.org/solidarity_magazine/spring-2019/ Tue, 25 Jun 2019 19:16:17 +0000 https://uaw.org/?post_type=solidarity_magazine&p=25095   The latest issue of Solidarity magazine is now online!  

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The latest issue of Solidarity magazine is now online!

 

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GM Announces $20 Million Investment in Arlington Assembly Plant https://uaw.org/gm-announces-20-million-investment-arlington-assembly-plant/ Tue, 25 Jun 2019 18:12:01 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=25124 General Motors announced Monday an investment of over $20 million in the Arlington, Texas assembly plant that employees 4,500 members. Arlington Assembly⁠—first opened in 1954⁠—is the sole producer of the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, GMC Yukon and Yukon XL, and the Cadillac Escalade. GM has invested more than $1.4 billion in Arlington Assembly since 2015

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General Motors announced Monday an investment of over $20 million in the Arlington, Texas assembly plant that employees 4,500 members.

Arlington Assembly⁠—first opened in 1954⁠—is the sole producer of the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, GMC Yukon and Yukon XL, and the Cadillac Escalade.

GM has invested more than $1.4 billion in Arlington Assembly since 2015 to build a new paint shop and for upgrades to the body shop and general assembly area.

“Under the outstanding leadership of UAW Region 5 Director Vance Pearson, the dedicated membership at UAW Local 276 continues to build world-class SUVs in Arlington, Texas. The UAW continues to commend GM for making investments in U.S. locations. We believe that building a product where you sell is good for our members, their families, our communities and all of America. We hope to see more investments in the future at other General Motors facilities throughout our country,” said Terry Dittes, Vice President of the UAW GM Department.

Construction on the enhancements is set to be completed next year.

 

 

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UAW Legislative Director Testifies on Emissions Standards Rollback https://uaw.org/uaw-legislative-director-testifies-emissions-standards-rollback/ Mon, 24 Jun 2019 14:38:02 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=25120 On Thursday, UAW Legislative Director Josh Nassar testified in front of the Congressional Energy and Commerce Committee, in opposition to new rules governing automotive emissions standards. The Trump administration plans to freeze fuel economy standards at the levels for 2020 models, rather than increasing requirements through 2025 as previously planned. Nassar included in his testimony

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On Thursday, UAW Legislative Director Josh Nassar testified in front of the Congressional Energy and Commerce Committee, in opposition to new rules governing automotive emissions standards. The Trump administration plans to freeze fuel economy standards at the levels for 2020 models, rather than increasing requirements through 2025 as previously planned.

Nassar included in his testimony a letter from seventeen major automotive manufacturers who warned that these rule changes would create uncertainty in the American automotive industry, leading to expensive legal battles and hampering the industry’s ability to invest in innovation. Nassar pointed out the impact this instability would have on UAW members and retirees: “No other membership organization in the United States is more directly affected by the health and stability of the domestic auto manufacturing industry than UAW members and retirees. The majority of our members and retirees work in or have retired from the auto industry and are therefore are directly impacted by fuel economy and clean car standards.”

Nassar went on to discuss the vital role emissions standards play in combatting climate change and the importance of keeping American companies at the forefront of automotive innovation. He says, “Done right, emissions and fuel efficiency standards can continue to be good for the environment, American workers, U.S. manufacturing and the economy.”

Click here to read Nassar’s full testimony.

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UAW Welcomes Brooklyn Academy of Music Employees https://uaw.org/uaw-welcomes-brooklyn-academy-music-employees/ Tue, 18 Jun 2019 19:47:09 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=25118 UAW WELCOMES BROOKLYN ACADEMY OF MUSIC EMPLOYEES UAW ADDS OVER 14,000 NEW MEMBERS SINCE AUGUST 2018   Eighty-two percent of workers at the Brooklyn Academy of Music voted to join the UAW last week joining UAW Local 2110. The administrative and cinema workers will now be able to bargain following reductions in benefits such as

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UAW WELCOMES BROOKLYN ACADEMY OF MUSIC EMPLOYEES

UAW ADDS OVER 14,000 NEW MEMBERS SINCE AUGUST 2018

 

Eighty-two percent of workers at the Brooklyn Academy of Music voted to join the UAW last week joining UAW Local 2110.

The administrative and cinema workers will now be able to bargain following reductions in benefits such as health care and 401(k) matching, and conversion of full-time jobs to part-time jobs among other issues. The 145 employees petitioned for an election in April.

“We are here because we believe in BAM’s mission,” Jesse Trussell, a film programmer who helped organize at BAM, said on Twitter when petitions were filed. “Our union will make BAM stronger, more democratic and more sustainable.”

Trussell said that BAM administrative staff needs a “powerful voice” and said workers were inspired by similar successful campaigns at the Tenement Museum and the New Museum.

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UAW calls for comprehensive labor law changes after VW organizing campaign https://uaw.org/uaw-calls-comprehensive-labor-law-changes-vw-organizing-campaign/ Sat, 15 Jun 2019 01:33:22 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=25115 The UAW today called on Congress to take a comprehensive look at the country’s labor laws and NLRB rules that made it almost impossible for Volkswagen workers to form a union. “VW workers endured a system where even when they voted, the company refused to bargain,” said Brian Rothenberg, spokesman for the UAW. “Clearly Volkswagen

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The UAW today called on Congress to take a comprehensive look at the country’s labor laws and NLRB rules that made it almost impossible for Volkswagen workers to form a union.

“VW workers endured a system where even when they voted, the company refused to bargain,” said Brian Rothenberg, spokesman for the UAW. “Clearly Volkswagen was able to delay bargaining with maintenance and ultimately this vote among all production and maintenance workers through legal games until they could undermine the vote.”

“Our labor laws are broken,” said Rothenberg. “Workers should not have to endure threats and intimidation in order to obtain the right to collectively bargain. The law doesn’t serve workers, it caters to clever lawyers who are able to manipulate the NLRB process.”

Tracy Romero, UAW organizing director, said she was proud of the Chattanooga Volkswagen workers in the face of the fear they endured.

“The Company ran a brutal campaign of fear and misinformation,” said Romero. Fear of the loss of the plant; fear of their participation in the union effort; fear through misinformation about the UAW; fear about current benefits in contract negotiations. Over a period of nine weeks – an unprecedented length of time due to legal gamesmanship – Volkswagen was able to break the will of enough workers to destroy their majority.”

Romero indicated that the UAW intends to ask for the help of VW labor leaders in Europe to help protect Chattanooga workers from any retaliation.  “Chattanooga workers deserve the right to vote and deserve the right to be treated fairly and we will hold Wolfsburg to that.”

While political interference and right-wing group expenditures did contribute to the loss, Rothenberg said the current state of American labor laws particularly made the Volkswagen effort difficult.

“Here you have maintenance workers who voted for a contract and Volkswagen just refused to follow the law and bargain. They insisted that maintenance and production vote together. So, three years later maintenance and production ask to vote and VW stands in their way,” said Rothenberg. “This is a system designed to benefit corporate lawyers not protect worker rights.”

By law, VW workers will have to wait one year before seeking another election. “Ultimately this has always been about Chattanooga workers who are the only VW workers in the world without a union,” said Chattanooga UAW Local 42 Chairman Steve Cochran. “If people wonder why the middle class is disappearing in this country, it’s because it is nearly impossible for workers to get access to collective bargaining.”

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Statement from UAW GM Vice President Terry Dittes on GM Investment in Flint Production https://uaw.org/statement-uaw-gm-vice-president-terry-dittes-gm-investment-flint-production/ Wed, 12 Jun 2019 16:18:38 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=25111 “The over $150 million investment in Flint rewards GM’s production and skilled trades workers for the quality Full-Size Pickups they produce. Under the direction of Director Gerald Kariem of UAW Region 1D, Flint GM workers in the past year have secured 1,000 additional jobs which reflect the hard work of UAW members as they build

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“The over $150 million investment in Flint rewards GM’s production and skilled trades workers for the quality Full-Size Pickups they produce. Under the direction of Director Gerald Kariem of UAW Region 1D, Flint GM workers in the past year have secured 1,000 additional jobs which reflect the hard work of UAW members as they build heavy duty Chevy and GMC pickup trucks.”

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Statement of UAW GM Vice President Terry Dittes on GM Hill Visit https://uaw.org/statement-uaw-gm-vice-president-terry-dittes-gm-hill-visit/ Thu, 06 Jun 2019 20:06:16 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=25055 While the UAW welcomes the $700 million in Ohio investment outside of Lordstown, Ohio, it is not forgotten that UAW members, their families and citizens in the Mahoning Valley invested in General Motors in its darkest days to allow for the record profits that GM is making in recent years. The people of the Mahoning

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While the UAW welcomes the $700 million in Ohio investment outside of Lordstown, Ohio, it is not forgotten that UAW members, their families and citizens in the Mahoning Valley invested in General Motors in its darkest days to allow for the record profits that GM is making in recent years. The people of the Mahoning Valley deserve a solid, secure job investment that no start-up, dependent on federal contracts, can bring to the Valley. UAW members and the community deserve a GM product investment at Lordstown.

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NLRB Sets Date for Chattanooga VW Workers https://uaw.org/nlrb-sets-date-chattanooga-vw-workers/ Wed, 29 May 2019 19:33:21 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=25015 The National Labor Relations Board announced today that there will be an election for Chattanooga VW workers to join the UAW on June 12,13 and 14. Chattanooga workers in the face of legal obstruction and anti-worker activity will now have the opportunity to vote on their union. Chattanooga workers remain the only VW workers in

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The National Labor Relations Board announced today that there will be an election for Chattanooga VW workers to join the UAW on June 12,13 and 14.

Chattanooga workers in the face of legal obstruction and anti-worker activity will now have the opportunity to vote on their union. Chattanooga workers remain the only VW workers in the world without union representation.

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Statement on Memorial Day from UAW President Gary Jones https://uaw.org/statement-memorial-day-uaw-president-gary-jones/ Fri, 24 May 2019 22:01:22 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=24996 On this Memorial Day Weekend, I know you will join me in reflecting on why such a time is possible, and give thanks to the brave men and women who gave everything to protect our freedoms and safeguard this nation. These American brothers and sisters of ours gave the ultimate sacrifice — and they will

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On this Memorial Day Weekend, I know you will join me in reflecting on why such a time is possible, and give thanks to the brave men and women who gave everything to protect our freedoms and safeguard this nation. These American brothers and sisters of ours gave the ultimate sacrifice — and they will not be forgotten. I would like to wish all of you a great Memorial holiday and hope it’s a time that finds you in good company with family, friends and community. Have a happy and safe holiday to you and yours!

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UAW Files New Petition for Chattanooga Workers https://uaw.org/uaw-files-new-petition-chattanooga-workers/ Wed, 22 May 2019 20:37:08 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=24957 This afternoon, in accordance with today’s NLRB ruling, the UAW filed a new petition on behalf of Chattanooga production and maintenance workers. This morning the NLRB directed the Board’s Regional Office to dismiss a petition filed on April 9 but stated that the UAW could “immediately file a new petition.”  This afternoon, as soon it

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This afternoon, in accordance with today’s NLRB ruling, the UAW filed a new petition on behalf of Chattanooga production and maintenance workers.

This morning the NLRB directed the Board’s Regional Office to dismiss a petition filed on April 9 but stated that the UAW could “immediately file a new petition.”  This afternoon, as soon it was able to do so, the UAW immediately filed a new petition, again seeking a vote among Chattanooga production and maintenance workers.

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Statement on behalf of Chattanooga Volkswagen workers https://uaw.org/statement-behalf-chattanooga-volkswagen-workers-2/ Wed, 22 May 2019 17:40:44 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=24953 Volkswagen Workers: We’ve Waited Long Enough! Let us Vote! In an unprecedented move caused by Volkswagen’s legal games, the NLRB this morning issued a split decision and dismissed Chattanooga workers petition for a vote, but allowed it to be refiled. This decision allows Chattanooga workers to quickly file another petition but creates yet another delay

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Volkswagen Workers: We’ve Waited Long Enough! Let us Vote!

In an unprecedented move caused by Volkswagen’s legal games, the NLRB this morning issued a split decision and dismissed Chattanooga workers petition for a vote, but allowed it to be refiled.

This decision allows Chattanooga workers to quickly file another petition but creates yet another delay in the process. Volkswagen has continued to use legal games to aggressively deny its workers the right to vote for years. It’s ridiculous and shows how broken the rights of workers are under our labor laws. But we will be on the NLRB’s doorstep immediately to file again and demand a speedy election.

VW should be ashamed of this legal obstruction that led to this. It’s sad how Volkswagens’ strategy of using high-priced legal games can stand in the way the right to vote for Chattanooga workers. Chattanooga workers deserve to know from VW, how much money have you spent on these lawyers to try to stop us from having a voice?

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UAW’s response to Mercy Hospital https://uaw.org/uaws-response-mercy-hospital/ Sat, 18 May 2019 20:08:59 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=24902 Thank you for providing the May 20, 21, and 22 dates to resume bargaining. All three Bargaining Committees will be available for each of those dates. The fact that the Hospital is now willing to set meeting dates with the UAW is encouraging. In your email, you request the UAW to come prepared with proposals

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Thank you for providing the May 20, 21, and 22 dates to resume bargaining. All three Bargaining Committees will be available for each of those dates. The fact that the Hospital is now willing to set meeting dates with the UAW is encouraging.

In your email, you request the UAW to come prepared with proposals to present. The UAW asks the Hospital to do the same. On April 18th, the Union Membership overwhelmingly rejected your last best and final offer. The UAW immediately notified the Hospital of the key issues, and the response was;

“…that its last, best, and final offer was just that. It will not modify its proposals.”

Since the ratification vote, the UAW has made several attempts to discuss the key issues with the Hospital, only to meet the same resistance. The Union has always been willing to bargain and still is. We do not believe that impasse has been reached.

For the sake of our patients, our members, our hospital, and our community, the Union hopes Mercy is now willing to consider the key issues identified by the Union and will continue bargaining to reach a fair and equitable Agreement for both the Hospital and our Members.

UAW leadership has also reached out to the Federal Mediator and he is available for all three dates. He has offered assistance in finding a neutral location for the parties to meet.

As we have stated, all three Bargaining Committees will be present. Please provide the UAW with a list of who will be attending the bargaining sessions for the Hospital.

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UAW President Gary Jones Shows Support for Mercy Health Workers https://uaw.org/uaw-president-gary-jones-shows-support-mercy-health-workers/ Sat, 18 May 2019 00:21:01 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=24888 Although Mercy Health officials finally set aside dates to resume negotiations with striking hospital workers, UAW President Gary Jones called on the hospital to arrive to the talks ready to bargain in earnest and craft an agreement that is fair to all parties and patients. In response to the UAW’s requests to continue talks, and

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Although Mercy Health officials finally set aside dates to resume negotiations with striking hospital workers, UAW President Gary Jones called on the hospital to arrive to the talks ready to bargain in earnest and craft an agreement that is fair to all parties and patients.

In response to the UAW’s requests to continue talks, and growing community support for the workers, Mercy announced that is available to meet May 20, 21 and 22. Union officials said they can meet all three days.

“Toledo is a union town. It values fairness,’’ Jones told a news conference. “It understands that it’s wrong – and dangerous – to have nurses, and technical staff and support staff in any hospital who are exhausted from forced overtime and worried about skyrocketing healthcare costs.’’

Jones made his comments as the ongoing strike as Mercy-Health St. Vincent Medical Center threatens to extend into its third week and one day after the picket line outside the hospital was the biggest since the strike began May 6.

“The longer this goes on, the more support for the workers,’’ said Rich Rankin, director of UAW Region 2B.

Both Jones and Rankin acknowledged that hospital administrators across the nation are boosting profits with aggressive staff cuts and other dangerous cost-cutting measures but said the Toledo strike offers an opportunity to show the nation how to address the growing threat to healthcare.

Negotiations began in July. Since July, Local 12 has ratified seven additional contracts in Greater Toledo.

UAW Local 2213 represents nearly 1,000 nurses at St. Vincent, and UAW Local 12 represents another 900 technical and support workers. All units turned down the hospital’s last best offer.

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