UAW https://uaw.org International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America Wed, 27 May 2020 15:59:05 +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 Labor Voices – Opinion: Pandemic tells painful story of inequality https://uaw.org/labor-voices-opinion-pandemic-tells-painful-story-inequality/ Wed, 27 May 2020 15:59:05 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=28876 This global pandemic is a worldwide tragedy on so many levels for so many people, and the full impact is still an unknown. But what is not unknown is one undeniable, shameful story of inequality, of lost opportunity, of wasted minds and hearts, and of unnecessary pain and suffering. We need only to look at

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This global pandemic is a worldwide tragedy on so many levels for so many people, and the full impact is still an unknown. But what is not unknown is one undeniable, shameful story of inequality, of lost opportunity, of wasted minds and hearts, and of unnecessary pain and suffering.

We need only to look at the statistics: COVID-19, while devastating families across the nation with illness and deaths, is hitting communities of color especially hard. The reasons for this have been in front of us for years. Coronavirus has emphasized a lack of equal access to work, health care and a safe environment.

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Heroes on the Front Line: Daniela Juarez https://uaw.org/heroes-front-line-daniela-juarez/ Tue, 26 May 2020 12:30:18 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=28859 The dangers of COVID-19 mean that UAW Local 2320 member Daniela Juarez, who works with the Migrant Farmworker Project in Wisconsin, doesn’t meet with her clients in person. She spends a lot of time talking with them on the phone. In person or not, her assistance is vital as many of her Spanish-speaking clients are

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The dangers of COVID-19 mean that UAW Local 2320 member Daniela Juarez, who works with the Migrant Farmworker Project in Wisconsin, doesn’t meet with her clients in person. She spends a lot of time talking with them on the phone.

In person or not, her assistance is vital as many of her Spanish-speaking clients are challenged by lack of access to public areas where they depend on technology to help them get information, file forms or apply for unemployment insurance benefits, says Juarez, who assists migrant and seasonal farmworkers throughout Wisconsin.

The Farmworker Project helps migrant and seasonal farmworkers with issues related to wages, unemployment, housing and protections under state and federal migrant protection laws.

Juarez is one of three attorneys on the team. Korey Lundin staffs a COVID intake line for clients facing eviction and COVID-related housing issues. Carlos Bailey helped draft an amicus brief in the Wisconsin Legislature in support of the state’s “Safer at Home” orders.

Many of the clients who need her help are challenged by language, literacy and technology barriers. Some of them use computers in libraries in other public places. “And a lot of those places were closed because of COVID-19,” Juarez says.

“This is very difficult for many of my clients because these systems they need to get information, file forms or apply for benefits that require reliable technology,” she adds.. “If a client has problems reading a document, they have to send me a picture of it and if they don’t have reliable technology to do that, then they have to read it to me. Sometimes that can be very difficult and very frustrating.”

Without Juarez to help, she says, a client might turn to a family member or friend. “And any mistake can have very serious consequences. There is a lot weighing on people getting it right. That is why a program like this means so much to people, especially at a time like this.”

 

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Message from UAW President Rory L. Gamble on Memorial Day https://uaw.org/message-uaw-president-rory-l-gamble-memorial-day/ Mon, 25 May 2020 06:00:16 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=28867 This Memorial Day, let us all take time to remember and honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country. It is because of these brave men and women that we enjoy the freedoms we have today and we must never forget their sacrifice and the sacrifices of their families. Wishing my UAW family

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This Memorial Day, let us all take time to remember and honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country. It is because of these brave men and women that we enjoy the freedoms we have today and we must never forget their sacrifice and the sacrifices of their families. Wishing my UAW family — and all Americans — a safe and pleasant holiday.

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UAW President Rory L. Gamble talks with WWJ’s Jeff Gilbert https://uaw.org/uaw-president-rory-l-gamble-talks-wwjs-jeff-gilbert/ Sun, 24 May 2020 14:36:31 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=28863 WWJ AutoBeat Reporter Jeff Gilbert speaks one-o​n-one with UAW President Rory Gamble about the reopening of the auto industry.

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WWJ AutoBeat Reporter Jeff Gilbert speaks one-o​n-one with UAW President Rory Gamble about the reopening of the auto industry.

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Heroes on the Front Lines: Denise Butsch https://uaw.org/heroes-front-lines-denise-butsch/ Sat, 23 May 2020 18:28:59 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=28871 When Ford Motor Company’s Louisville Assembly Plant in Kentucky, stopped production in March to prevent the spread of COVID-19, UAW Local 862 member and registered nurse Denise Butsch remained on duty. As one of the local’s six nurses, she answered calls and talked with members who had questions about the virus and resources, or anxiety

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When Ford Motor Company’s Louisville Assembly Plant in Kentucky, stopped production in March to prevent the spread of COVID-19, UAW Local 862 member and registered nurse Denise Butsch remained on duty.

As one of the local’s six nurses, she answered calls and talked with members who had questions about the virus and resources, or anxiety surrounding the pandemic.

“It was busy, even if there were only a few people in the plant,” Butsch says. “People were calling and asking questions about symptoms and whether they should reach out to their doctor.”

On May 18, when the plant re-opened and first-shift workers, representing about half of the 3,700 members at the plant returned, Butsch became a direct resource for members concerned about
COVID-19.

“The phones are constantly ringing,” she says. “We let members know that the plant and been cleaned and sanitized and that social distancing is in place, but a lot of people are still concerned,” she says. “Our members are now dealing with the emotional aspects of how this affects the world around them.”

And, while she works with members, Butsch has her own concerns.

“I have an 86-year-old father that I look in on,” Butsch says. “He is very independent, but I go to see him to check on him and I don’t want to take anything to him.”

Even with all the concerns and negatives of COVID-19, “We are all learning to take care of one another and stay safe,” she adds.

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UAW Statement on the visit of President Donald J. Trump to Ford Rawsonville plant https://uaw.org/uaw-statement-visit-president-donald-j-trump-ford-rawsonville-plant/ Thu, 21 May 2020 22:22:24 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=28856 The UAW welcomed President Donald J. Trump to the Ford Rawsonville manufacturing plant today to see the hard work of our many heroes on the line who have volunteered to make PPE equipment. Despite some in the President’s entourage not following health and safety protocols in the plant today, we want to make it clear

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The UAW welcomed President Donald J. Trump to the Ford Rawsonville manufacturing plant today to see the hard work of our many heroes on the line who have volunteered to make PPE equipment.

Despite some in the President’s entourage not following health and safety protocols in the plant today, we want to make it clear that the CDC guidelines have not changed and it is vitally important that our members continue to follow the protocols that have been put in place to safeguard them, their families and their communities.

This deadly virus has already taken the lives of 25 of our UAW Big 3 members and 38 UAW members overall and thousands of Americans. These protocols are literally a matter of life and death, and that is why the UAW has been working tirelessly with the companies to ensure that everything that can be done to keep our members and our communities safe.

We also would like to note that the President indicated that he was tested this morning, and make sure he is aware that we have called for access to full testing for our members and the need for an economical instant test that can be administered daily to further protect our
members — and all Americans.

We are so proud of our members, who as always, have stepped up to help when our nation is in need.  Our UAW brothers and sisters were among the first to step up to work 10 and 12-hour shifts to make this life-saving equipment. During his visit, President Trump had the opportunity to see the health and safety protocols UAW members have helped put into place to protect them, their families and their communities from this pandemic.

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Visiting UAW Flat Rock Heroes https://uaw.org/visiting-uaw-flat-rock-heroes/ Tue, 19 May 2020 23:00:13 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=28820 VICE PRESIDENT GERALD KARIEM VISITS FORD FACILITY WHERE UAW FORD MEMBERS VOLUNTEER TO MAKE VENTILATORS   In a span of 40 days, UAW Ford Members at the Flat Rock facility working with 3M Corporation, retooled and learned to create crucial ventilators for first responders and hospital staff. Ventilators are protective cooling devices that shield medical

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VICE PRESIDENT GERALD KARIEM VISITS FORD FACILITY WHERE UAW FORD MEMBERS VOLUNTEER TO MAKE VENTILATORS

 

In a span of 40 days, UAW Ford Members at the Flat Rock facility working with 3M Corporation, retooled and learned to create crucial ventilators for first responders and hospital staff.

Ventilators are protective cooling devices that shield medical personnel and first responders from the COVID-19 virus.

Utilizing existing cooling devices from Lincoln and Ford seat coolers, as well as common parts and 3M’s design expertise, UAW Ford members have put their skills to work along with Ford plant leaders to make thousands of ventilators each day.

UAW Vice President Gerald Kariem toured the facility and met with UAW Ford members as they assembled these critical devices.

“I couldn’t be more proud of our UAW members,” said Kariem. “This is what the wheel represents. These members could have stayed home and in some cases made more money, but they stepped up to the challenge that we all face in this pandemic. It is the same spirit the UAW had in World War II and throughout our history. It’s a phenomenal thing and we are all proud of these UAW members.”

 

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Heroes on the Front Line: Monica Halas https://uaw.org/heroes-front-line-monica-halas/ Wed, 13 May 2020 13:00:07 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=28801 UAW Local 2320 National Organization of Legal Services Workers (NOLSW) represents more than 4,500 members across the country.  They are UAW’s only national amalgamated local union.  Its members provide free legal services to low income residents needing assistance with housing, domestic violence, safety net services, health care and more. Members from Greater Boston Legal Services

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UAW Local 2320 National Organization of Legal Services Workers (NOLSW) represents more than 4,500 members across the country.  They are UAW’s only national amalgamated local union.  Its members provide free legal services to low income residents needing assistance with housing, domestic violence, safety net services, health care and more.

Members from Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) unit jumped into action immediately when COVID 19 started impacting Boston’s low-income communities. Using the power of individual representation, hands on training and support, systemic advocacy and legislation to support their clients and immigrant worker centers, the Employment Unit at GBLS has never been busier.

Its members Audrey Richardson, Hannah Tanabe, Elizabeth Whiteway, Luz Arevalo, Joey Michalakes, Brian Flynn and Monica Halas. They are working around the clock to protect Boston’s most vulnerable residents and families.

Their successful efforts have led to raising awareness about the states recently enacted moratorium on evictions and foreclosures, drafting legislation to help immigrant workers receive state stimulus money,, developing and implementing assisting hundreds of non-English speaking workers apply for unemployment benefits,  and representing clients denied unemployment or not receiving stimulus payments.

According to Regional Director, Beverley Brakeman, “UAW’s legal services attorneys and staff are experts in their field.  They know the law, but as importantly they know their way around the system.  They are quick, resourceful creative and flexible in solving problems.   And they don’t discriminate – they help – and they do it in good times and in bad – and they always make a difference.”

Halas, a longtime UAW member and retiree is an expert in unemployment law.  Without hesitation she rejoined GBLS staff on a full-time basis to help during this time.   With the others they quickly put together town hall “Know Your Rights” meetings to help residents, allies and UAW members faced with sudden unemployment.   Their work has been replicated by other legal services programs in other states.

“Any region who needs this type of support should reach out to me or NOLSW President Pamela Smith,” continued Brakeman.

This is an incredible team effort,” said Halas. “We have an amazing and talented group of advocates at GBLS.  Everyone is working super hard to help people who might not otherwise receive assistance or be able to navigate systems that would help them.”

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Testing for COVID-19 https://uaw.org/testing-covid-19/ Mon, 11 May 2020 23:42:35 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=28807 Sisters and Brothers, I want to address some of the comments and questions I’ve been hearing over the past few days concerning testing for the COVID-19 virus. Last week, UAW International staff members in Michigan received COVID-19 testing. I have heard some pretty strong comments from members concerning our staff having access to the testing.

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Sisters and Brothers,

I want to address some of the comments and questions I’ve been hearing over the past few days concerning testing for the COVID-19 virus. Last week, UAW International staff members in Michigan received COVID-19 testing.

I have heard some pretty strong comments from members concerning our staff having access to the testing. I want to address this quickly and directly. The UAW, just like the companies, is an employer. And just like the companies, we are responsible for our employees’ health and safety while they are in the workplace. The International staff has had two confirmed cases of COVID-19 and the nature of their jobs requires that they travel to multiple member locations and worksites. Staff received both the nasal swab and serological tests.

We must lead by example in this unprecedented situation. We have made it crystal clear to the companies that the health and safety of our members must be the top priority as we plan for the restart of our economy. In terms of testing, I have said to all of our employers that we expect a commitment from them for full testing as soon as it is possible. Until then, we expect as much testing as is possible to be conducted.

Ask yourself, can we demand testing and adherence to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) standards from companies if we don’t comply ourselves?

I know emotions are running high right now and there is a lot of misinformation in the media and on social channels about this virus and about testing. However, we must remain steadfast and consistent in our position and our actions as an organization; and I can promise you that along with the entire International Executive Board, I am doing everything in my power to protect our entire UAW family.

Thank you.

In solidarity,

Rory L. Gamble

 

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In tribute: Walter Reuther’s Impact Endures and Teaches https://uaw.org/tribute-walter-reuthers-impact-endures-teaches/ Sat, 09 May 2020 13:00:41 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=28773 Walter P. Reuther is an icon and an American hero of the working class. For those of us at the UAW, there are almost no words powerful enough to describe what he means to this union and our members. And for me, as the current president of the UAW, I am so humbled and inspired

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Walter P. Reuther is an icon and an American hero of the working class. For those of us at the UAW, there are almost no words powerful enough to describe what he means to this union and our members. And for me, as the current president of the UAW, I am so humbled and inspired by his vision, his life’s work, his tireless fight for human and civil rights and simply put, the example he set as an extraordinary human being. 

Today, we mark the 50th anniversary of the plane crash that tragically took the lives of UAW President Walter Reuther and his wife, May. We had planned a commemorative tribute event in Detroit to mark this momentous occasion, but due to the  COVID-19 pandemic, we have had to postpone that celebration. But this crisis will not dim the light that we are committed to shine on Walter and May’s lives, their work and their memory. 

In fact, perhaps it makes it burn all the brighter. In this terrible pandemic, our members
are still being safeguarded and protected by the founding principles that Walter negotiated and won for working men and women. And I know if he were with us today, he’d be on the front lines of this crisis, demanding that the workers of this nation — and the world — be considered and be safe in any workplace or community.  Personally, I take great strength in that. 

Walter’s legacy endures in the strides made in collective bargaining, workplace safety, worker education and enhancement, healthcare, retirement and life balance benefits that changed the face and experience of employment. The impact of Walter Reuther’s passionate efforts on behalf of the American worker is immeasurable.

A vision for us all

Seeing the labor movement as an instrument for advancing social justice and human rights, Reuther stands among the great leaders in our country’s history. Individuals who made this a society more equal for all. Reuther, who was named as one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of the 20th century, is considered a founding father of the great American middle class. 

And with good reason. 

In 1927, Reuther  joined Detroit’s booming automobile industry by landing a job at Ford Motor Company, eventually becoming a die leader. While there, he got an up close and personal view of how auto workers were being mistreated in plants. He experienced firsthand being a worker with no voice in his working conditions and was later fired because of his campaign work for a Socialist Party presidential candidate. By 1935, he contributed to the rise of the UAW by forming Westside Local 174 and becoming its first president. This was just the beginning of his lifelong commitment to helping all of our brothers and sisters succeed at work and in the community. 

His efforts over the next few years to establish a strong union presence did not come easy. From hitchhiking to South Bend, Indiana, to attend his first UAW convention, to participating in the famous 44-day Flint Sit-Down strike against General Motors, to being the catalyst for the infamous “Battle of the Overpass” — when members of Ford’s private police organization attacked and beat him and other UAW organizers — he simply would not be defeated.  Beaten, maybe, but never defeated — or even deterred.

Because of his work, the UAW won major victories with the Flint Sit-Down strike against General Motors and other strikes that led to national recognition of the UAW by the Big 3 automakers. 

It was a turning point for the UAW and workers everywhere. 

By 1942, Reuther was elected the union’s first vice president and in 1946, the fourth UAW president. Under his leadership, historic benefits for workers through collective bargaining included enhanced job security, vacations, benefits, pensions and supplemental unemployment benefits (SUB).  And it is those rights that today are still protecting our members. Reuther could have never anticipated what we’re facing in today’s world of the COVID-19 virus, but his work is still protecting us. 

His vision and labor elevated working people from line workers with no voice to Americans who mattered — and who insisted that they be heard. He transformed auto industry jobs into an occupation that supplied a living wage and optimism for the future

And the future that Walter envisioned, was one where all were treated equally. In that, he was a tireless fighter for social and human rights and a pivotal figure in the civil rights movement.

Shattering barriers

One of the UAW’s fondest traditions, in my region in southwest Detroit (1A), is the annual bowling tournament. In today’s world, it is hard to understand just what it meant for blacks and whites to come together for a friendly bowling match. But in 1948, when Reuther began this tradition, he bravely challenged the racism of the day, the American Bowling Congress’ discriminatory policy and the fact that the Detroit Bowling Proprietors’ Association banned African-Americans from city bowling alleys. Reuther simply stood up and said ‘NO.’ A tradition was born and a racial barrier shattered.

In the 1960s, Reuther expanded his work for human rights by joining with government leaders and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the passage of civil rights legislation. His reach was extraordinary, helping to develop the War on Poverty initiative; marches with social justice and civil rights activists across the country; overseeing the UAW’s financing of the 1963 freedom marches; and speaking before millions at the 1963 Washington, D.C., “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.” 

He was also an early ally of Cesar Chavez and migrant farm workers in their struggle to humanize agricultural work. He never wavered in his commitment to human and civil rights, despite opposition that included (in the words of this daughter, Elisabeth Reuther Dickmeyer), “numerous beatings and being shot through our kitchen window and almost killed.”

Reuther’s compassion extended not only to the people on this earth, but to the earth itself. He played a critical role in funding and organizing the first Earth Day, which was held on April 22, 1970, just days before his tragic and untimely death. 

Today, there is still much to do, but Walter Reuther’s legacy lives on. In his name, we will continue to fight for the rights of all workers to have a voice at the table with management, for the safeguards and rights of working families, and for social and economic justice.

We at the UAW are proud to carry on his work. The world was forever changed by Walter Reuther, and we salute his memory with heartfelt gratitude. Our days in this pandemic of 2020 are difficult, but so were Reuther’s days, as he battled racism, the companies and an economy that saw workers as nothing but cogs in a wheel. 

If we have learned anything from his legacy, it is this: We will prevail because we have right on our side.  I am proud, along with the International Executive Board and our entire membership, to honor Walter and May, tireless fighters for working Americans. 

In Solidarity,

Rory. L. Gamble
UAW President 

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A Tireless Fighter for Labor: May Reuther https://uaw.org/tireless-fighter-labor-may-reuther/ Fri, 08 May 2020 21:31:18 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=28783 When you think of the modern labor union movement, Walter Reuther first comes to mind. But dedicatedly working alongside him in the trenches was his wife of 34 years, May (Wolf) Reuther. Throughout it all, May served as Walter’s sounding board and personal adviser. Early in their lives, while Walter was focused on labor and

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When you think of the modern labor union movement, Walter Reuther first comes to mind. But dedicatedly working alongside him in the trenches was his wife of 34 years, May (Wolf) Reuther. Throughout it all, May served as Walter’s sounding board and personal adviser. Early in their lives, while Walter was focused on labor and auto workers, May was canvassing on behalf of educators via the American Federation of Teachers.

A teacher herself when she met Walter in Detroit in 1936, the couple married soon after. Right before the wedding in March of 1936, Walter was fired from his job for supporting the UAW as a member. As Walter dedicated himself to organizing autoworkers full time, May became an integral part of establishing a strong UAW. Her salary as a teacher-supported rent and other expenses for the Union offices, and she was credited with “holding Local 174 together.”

Her long hours fighting for a cause she believed paid off and eventually changed the course of her career focus. Just days after Walter was beaten at the Battle of the Overpass, May made the decision to leave her teaching job and focus on the labor movement.

May also was very active in the community, serving on parent teacher associations, scholarship committees, mental health societies and cultural commissions. She was a fighter for civil rights, marching alongside Walter in the Selma, Alabama freedom march and was heavily involved in conservation and the environment.

May’s contributions were celebrated in 1973 at a rededication ceremony of the nature center at Baldwin Elementary School in Oakland Township,where May and Walter’s two daughters once attended school.

May and Walter Reuther died in a plane crash on May 9, 1970 while on their way to the education center constructed by the UAW near Black Lake in northern Michigan (It was May’s idea to make the Black Lake facility a family education center).

On a personal note:

  • May could play piano by ear

  • She once hosted First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt in the Reuther Paint Creek home

  • May and Walter met on a streetcar in Detroit

We salute May’s tireless contribution to the UAW, the labor movement and the community.

 
 
 

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COVID-19 Update 5/8/2020 https://uaw.org/covid-19-update-5-8-2020/ Fri, 08 May 2020 20:57:57 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=28785 My Brothers and Sisters, I want to start this message today by recognizing our front line workers, our members who have volunteered to step up and make life-saving Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and those who have gone back to help ready the plants for a return to work. And, although, we all knew this day

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My Brothers and Sisters,

I want to start this message today by recognizing our front line workers, our members who have volunteered to step up and make life-saving Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and those who have gone back to help ready the plants for a return to work.

And, although, we all knew this day would come, I know there is a great deal of concern as we begin the necessary process of re-starting our economy. And while it is the companies that have the sole contractual right to determine the opening of plants, we have the contractual right to protect our members, and we will do so at all costs.

We have made it clear in our talks that we are asking for as much testing as possible at the current time. As I’m sure you all know, the situation on testing is very fluid and we are asking for a commitment for full testing as soon as it is available. We have also made it clear to the companies that self-reporting of symptoms and/or exposure to the virus is extremely important. The final point is strict adherence to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines.

Our UAW focus and role is and will continue to be on health and safety protocols to protect our members.

In sad news today, we have lost two union brothers from LU 719, Progress Rail LaGrange, Illinois due to COVID-19. Our support goes out to their families and friends.

As always, I urge you again to stay safe, continue to support one another and adhere to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV.

For more updates and individual questions that you may have about your worksite, visit https://uaw.org/coronavirus/.
We are all in this together.

In solidarity,

Rory L. Gamble

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Remembering Walter Reuther https://uaw.org/remembering-walter-reuther-2/ Thu, 07 May 2020 22:54:42 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=28757 Upon Walter Reuther’s untimely death in 1970, tributes poured in from around the country. Elected officials, newspapers, and working Americans sent their heartfelt condolences at the loss of one of America’s great labor leaders. We’ve compiled some of the eulogies below as a reminder of the impact Reuther had, and continues to have, on the

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Upon Walter Reuther’s untimely death in 1970, tributes poured in from around the country. Elected officials, newspapers, and working Americans sent their heartfelt condolences at the loss of one of America’s great labor leaders. We’ve compiled some of the eulogies below as a reminder of the impact Reuther had, and continues to have, on the lives of so many Americans.

 

“You didn’t have to carry a UAW card to be one of Walter Reuther’s constituents.  You were part of Reuther’s constituency if you were poor, powerless, a consumer, an outdoorsman, if you were old, if you were sick, if you were weak…” – Senator Philip Hart at the Reuthers’ memorial service

 

“Walter Reuther was to black people the most widely known and respected white labor leader in the nation.  He was there when the storm clouds were thick.  We remember him in Montgomery.  He was in Birmingham.  He marched with us in Selma, and Jackson, Mississippi and Washington…Only yesterday there he was once more in Charleston, South Carolina, the leader of a million and a half workers giving personal support to a strike of only 400 black women…He was a big man, so of course he had enemies and detractors.  He had the courage to be with the minority when it was right.  He was a simple man in his personal life, a rare quality in these flamboyant times…but if his ways were simple, his ideas were grand.  He aroused the imagination of millions…” – Coretta Scott King at the Reuthers’ memorial service

 

“The death of Walter Reuther is an even more substantial loss for the nation than for the labor movement…The void of his death will be greater still in the realms of idealism and social inventiveness.” – The New York Times

 

“The death of Walter Reuther has silenced one of the most compassionate and creative voices of our time.” – The Des Moines Register

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Statement of UAW President Rory L. Gamble on Ford’s Decision to Reopen Worksites https://uaw.org/statement-uaw-president-rory-l-gamble-fords-decision-reopen-worksites/ Thu, 07 May 2020 22:13:40 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=28781 We all knew this day would come at some point. While the companies have the sole contractual right to determine the opening of plants, our UAW focus and role is and will continue to be, on health and safety protocols in which we have the contractual right to protect our members. As we have said,

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We all knew this day would come at some point.

While the companies have the sole contractual right to determine the opening of plants, our UAW focus and role is and will continue to be, on health and safety protocols in which we have the contractual right to protect our members.

As we have said, our dialogue with all of our employers and employment sectors about the safety and security of everyone who enters into a plant will continue beyond the reopening of worksites. In the case of the Big 3, through the Task Force we will have an ongoing dialogue and we have supported a number of measures put in place to address Center for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines from Ford, GM and FCA to protect our health and safety in the plant. Our volunteer members and the companies have done great work to reconfigure plants to achieve this safety goal.

We will continue to advocate for as much testing as possible at the current time and eventually full testing when available.

My own family will be among those that will be reporting and my responsibility to our UAW members and my family will be consistent. We must implement and follow these guidelines and self-reporting procedures we have worked out. And the UAW will fulfill its role to continue to actively monitor and aggressively respond regarding all issues impacting the health and safety of UAW members in whatever manner may be necessary as we return to the worksite.”

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Statement from UAW President Rory L. Gamble on Governor Whitmer’s Announcement https://uaw.org/statement-uaw-president-rory-l-gamble-governor-whitmers-announcement/ Thu, 07 May 2020 19:42:14 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=28778 “Throughout this worldwide crisis, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has been a leading voice to make sure that scientific data and the health and safety of all Michiganders was the priority in managing pandemic decisions. Governor Whitmer has at all times been inclusive and focused on building consensus to do what is right for the health

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“Throughout this worldwide crisis, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has been a leading voice to make sure that scientific data and the health and safety of all Michiganders was the priority in managing pandemic decisions.

Governor Whitmer has at all times been inclusive and focused on building consensus to do what is right for the health and safety of UAW members and all of Michigan’s working men and women.

The UAW will continue to have dialogue and aggressively pursue all avenues over the health and safety of our members, their families and their communities as we cautiously go into our next phase of battling this pandemic while worksites reopen.”

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Joint Statement: Rory L. Gamble, UAW President; Ray Curry, UAW Secretary-Treasurer and Director of the Heavy Truck Department; Mitchell Smith, UAW Region 8 Director https://uaw.org/joint-statement-rory-l-gamble-uaw-president-ray-curry-uaw-secretary-treasurer-director-heavy-truck-department-mitchell-smith-uaw-region-8-director/ Thu, 07 May 2020 05:51:03 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=28770 CITY OF TULSA: DON’T RISK JOBS, HONOR YOUR AGREEMENT “The hardworking men and women of IC Bus (Navistar) in Tulsa, Oklahoma, their families and their community deserve better than the risky behavior that what we’re currently seeing. After committing to a 40-year lease, the City of Tulsa is seeking to back out of its promise

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CITY OF TULSA: DON’T RISK JOBS, HONOR YOUR AGREEMENT
“The hardworking men and women of IC Bus (Navistar) in Tulsa, Oklahoma, their families and their community deserve better than the risky behavior that what we’re currently seeing. After committing to a 40-year lease, the City of Tulsa is seeking to back out of its promise after only 20 years. More than 1,600 jobs will be lost if this plant closes, a devastating blow to the community and the families of these workers. This agreement between the City and Navistar has not only delivered on the original intent, which was to provide jobs and local revenue, it has exceeded initial projections of job creation by about 30% and pumps millions of dollars each year into the community. Thanks to the dedicated UAW Local 5010 members, IC Bus is one of the world’s leading producers of the most technically advanced school buses. In today’s world and today’s economy, success stories like this should be supported and applauded. The Mayor needs to understand UAW members’ jobs are not bargaining chips in lease negotiations. We urge Tulsa officials to honor their agreement with the working men and women of this community and find a path forward that ensures the preservation of this vital economic engine of Tulsa.”

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Settling a strike in today’s world https://uaw.org/settling-strike-todays-world/ Wed, 06 May 2020 14:06:22 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=28743 On April 17, 2020 UAW Local 1407 ended a 41-day strike against Cummins Filtration in Cookeville, Tennessee by ratifying a contract. Anytime a strike is called there are many issues that make the strike difficult. Not only did they have the normal difficulties, but they also had a devastating and fatal tornado hit their town

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On April 17, 2020 UAW Local 1407 ended a 41-day strike against Cummins Filtration in Cookeville, Tennessee by ratifying a contract. Anytime a strike is called there are many issues that make the strike difficult. Not only did they have the normal difficulties, but they also had a devastating and fatal tornado hit their town the week the strike began, a second storm hit that produced another tornado in the area, and then the COVID-19 outbreak. Even with all these obstacles, the membership stood strong and united to show the company they were willing to fight for what they believed they deserved in a contract.

With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines in place, measures were taken to protect the membership as they performed their strike duty each week. The number of members on the picket line were limited, strike duty shift hours were reduced, social distancing, gloves, hand sanitizer and other measures were implemented to keep everyone safe.

The problem of not being able to hold a ratification meeting and vote, as is the norm with most contracts, proved to be challenging. So, the local did some outside of the box thinking to figure out a way to best communicate details with the membership and follow CDC guidelines at the same time. And so, an idea was developed for a three-area drive thru process: First the ratification packet handout, then a question area, and finally a drive thru voting area.

Once a member arrived at the designed locations, there was a one-way lane into the parking lot. First, the members stopped to pick up a ratification packet, which consisted of a voting instruction sheet, a cover letter from the bargaining committee, the contract highlights, a Q & A sheet about the contract negotiated, and an ink pen that they kept (this helped reduce contact). 

Second, they were instructed to stay in their vehicle and move to the designated parking area to review the packet. If they had a question, they simply raised their hand outside of their car window and whichever bargaining committee member was available, went to answer any questions. Finally, when they were ready to vote, they were directed to the voting area where an Election Committee member had them sign for a ballot (with the pen they were given), they drove forward to mark their ballot, and then they handed the ballot to another Election Committee member, while the member witnessed it being placed into the ballot box. The Local not only came up with a great process, they also made history with the innovative approach to voting.

With the support they received from Region 8 and the International UAW, this membership was able to stand together and let the company know they would not just lie down and take whatever the company wanted. They sent the message that they were not afraid to stand up for their rights, they rejected what the company threw at them, and they stood in SOLIDARITY! God Bless you, Local 1407!

 

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UAW President Rory L. Gamble’s Statement on GM Restart Date Announcement https://uaw.org/uaw-president-rory-l-gambles-statement-gm-restart-date-announcement/ Wed, 06 May 2020 13:04:48 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=28763 “As we stated yesterday in regard to FCA, the UAW has and continues to have dialogue with all of our employers and employment sectors about the safety and security surrounding reopening worksites. In the case of the Big 3, through the Task Force we have had an ongoing dialogue and we have supported a number

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“As we stated yesterday in regard to FCA, the UAW has and continues to have dialogue with all of our employers and employment sectors about the safety and security surrounding reopening worksites.

In the case of the Big 3, through the Task Force we have had an ongoing dialogue and we have supported a number of measures put in place to address Center for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines from GM, FCA and Ford to protect our health and safety in the plant. Our volunteer members and the companies have done great work to reconfigure plants to achieve this safety goal.

We continue to advocate for as much testing as possible at the current time and eventually full testing when available.

As for the start date, the companies contractually make that decision and we all knew this day would come at some point. Our UAW focus and role is and will continue to be, on health and safety protocols to protect our members.

My own family will be among those that will be reporting and my responsibility to our UAW members and my family will be consistent. We must implement and follow these guidelines and self-reporting procedures we have worked out. And the UAW will fulfill its role to continue to actively monitor and aggressively respond regarding all issues impacting the health and safety of UAW members in whatever manner may be necessary as we return to the worksite.”

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UAW President Rory L. Gamble’s Statement on FCA Restart Date Announcement https://uaw.org/uaw-president-rory-l-gambles-statement-fca-restart-date-announcement/ Tue, 05 May 2020 13:55:26 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=28755 “The UAW has and continues to have dialogue with all of our employers and employment sectors about the safety and security surrounding reopening worksites. In the case of the Big 3, through the Task Force we have had an ongoing dialogue and we have supported a number of measures put in place to address Center

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“The UAW has and continues to have dialogue with all of our employers and employment sectors about the safety and security surrounding reopening worksites.

In the case of the Big 3, through the Task Force we have had an ongoing dialogue and we have supported a number of measures put in place to address Center for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines from FCA, GM and Ford to protect our health and safety in the plant. Our volunteer members and the companies have done great work to reconfigure plants to achieve this safety goal.

We continue to advocate for as much testing as possible at the current time and eventually full-testing when available.

As for the start date, the companies contractually make that decision and we all knew this day would come. Our UAW focus and role is and will continue to be, on health and safety protocols to protect our members.

My own family will be among those reporting and my responsibility to our UAW members and my family will be consistent. We must implement and follow these guidelines and self-reporting procedures we have worked out. And the UAW will fulfill its role to continue to actively monitor and aggressively respond regarding all issues impacting the health and safety of UAW members in whatever manner may be necessary as we return to the worksite.”

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COVID-19 has impacted all of us. Union Plus can help. https://uaw.org/covid-19-impacted-us-union-plus-can-help/ Mon, 04 May 2020 13:00:50 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=28662 Our Union Plus program partners have accommodations for members struggling during this public health crisis. Participants in our Union Plus Mortgage, Credit Card, Personal Loan, or Supplemental Insurance programs may be eligible for additional hardship assistance through the Union Plus Mortgage Assistance Program and Union Plus Hardship Help. Visit unionplus.org and follow Union Plus on

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Our Union Plus program partners have accommodations for members struggling during this public health crisis. Participants in our Union Plus Mortgage, Credit Card, Personal Loan, or Supplemental Insurance programs may be eligible for additional hardship assistance through the Union Plus Mortgage Assistance Program and Union Plus Hardship Help. Visit unionplus.org and follow Union Plus on Facebook at facebook.com/unionplus for ongoing program updates and resources.

Be well and stay healthy,

The Union Plus team

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Remembering Walter Reuther https://uaw.org/remembering-walter-reuther/ Sun, 03 May 2020 16:13:58 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=28739 May 9th marks the 50th anniversary of the death of the UAW’s longest-serving president, Walter Reuther. Throughout the week, we’ll be celebrating his life and remembering his legacy with photos and videos from the UAW archives. Follow along all week here on UAW.org as well as on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.    

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May 9th marks the 50th anniversary of the death of the UAW’s longest-serving president, Walter Reuther. Throughout the week, we’ll be celebrating his life and remembering his legacy with photos and videos from the UAW archives. Follow along all week here on UAW.org as well as on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

 

 

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Statement from UAW President Rory L. Gamble on Ford Protocols https://uaw.org/statement-uaw-president-rory-l-gamble-ford-protocols/ Thu, 30 Apr 2020 18:16:27 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=28724 “We continue to engage in talks with Ford on an ongoing basis regarding protocols for the health and safety of our members in the workplace. The UAW is asking for as much testing as is possible to prevent exposure to the virus. That said, we also understand that the availability and accuracy of tests are

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“We continue to engage in talks with Ford on an ongoing basis regarding protocols for the health and safety of our members in the workplace.

The UAW is asking for as much testing as is possible to prevent exposure to the virus. That said, we also understand that the availability and accuracy of tests are fluid, developing issues as we navigate this crisis. Our position is that we employ as much testing as is possible at the current time and commit to full testing as soon as it is available. We are also strongly advocating self-reporting and testing for those exposed to the virus or exhibiting symptoms at a minimum, and a stringent adherence to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines.

At the present time there is no restart date.”

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The Winter 2020 Edition of Solidarity Magazine is now online! https://uaw.org/solidarity_magazine/winter-2020/ Thu, 30 Apr 2020 16:54:32 +0000 https://uaw.org/?post_type=solidarity_magazine&p=28282  

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The Winter 2020 edition of Solidarity magazine is now online!

In this issue, President Rory Gamble discusses changes in how the UAW operates so that members can be assured the union is being run properly. In a question-and-answer session, President Gamble discusses these changes in detail, including the addition of an ethics officer, an ethics hotline, and where he wants the union to be when his term expires.
Also in this issue: A story about Gerald Kariem, recently named vice president and director of the UAW National Ford Department to replace former Ford director Gamble, and Steve Dawes, who was elected director of Region 1D, replacing Kariem. There’s also a story about the Region 5 merger, with roughly half of it merging into Region 8 and the remainder into Region 4.
The Legislative Update examines the PRO Act, which would protect workers by protecting the right to organize and penalize employers that violate the law.
The Financial Report to the members for Fiscal Year 2018 details the union’s overall financial picture.
And more …

 

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UAW lends helping hand to Detroit’s Feeding the Frontlines https://uaw.org/uaw-lends-helping-hand-detroits-feeding-frontlines/ Wed, 29 Apr 2020 23:15:39 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=28671 The brave men and women who are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis are getting a little help from a group of dedicated Detroiters who got together to deliver daily meals to these hardworking frontline responders. The UAW has supported the project with a donation of $25,000. “We are so pleased to be able

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The brave men and women who are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis are getting a little help from a group of dedicated Detroiters who got together to deliver daily meals to these hardworking frontline responders. The UAW has supported the project with a donation of $25,000.

“We are so pleased to be able to support this important effort to help the dedicated workers who are stepping up to save lives and keep our communities running during these difficult days,” said UAW President Rory L. Gamble. “I want to commend the Mayor’s office and all partners involved in this wonderful project.”

Feeding the Frontlines, a partnership between the City of Detroit; Mayor Mike Duggan’s office and Angel’s Share, Inc.; was created this April to provide meals to Detroit police, fire, bus drivers, EMS and healthcare workers during the crisis, and to support Detroit restaurants. The initiative hit a milestone on April 23 with 10,000 meals delivered. All meals are prepared by the more than 200 Detroit restaurants who have signed onto the program. The group is projecting delivery of 20,000 meals by the week of May 9 with an estimated $400,000 invested in local restaurants.

“We need to support our first responders and our struggling restaurants, and Feed the Front Lines Detroit does both of those things,” Mayor Duggan said. “It’s going to take everyone working together in new ways to get through this crisis and I can’t thank all of our partners enough for their commitment to those on the front lines of our COVID-19 response.”

Feeding the Frontlines’ good works is made possible by donations from individuals and groups and will continue operation as long as funds are available. For more information, go to http://feedthefrontlinesdetroit.com/.

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Labor Voices – Opinion: UAW members support community https://uaw.org/labor-voices-opinion-uaw-members-support-community/ Wed, 29 Apr 2020 18:33:08 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=28669 When UAW members pledge to support each other, they do not mean just fellow UAW members. The sense of brotherhood and sisterhood is not only about working conditions, fair wages and benefits for UAW members — it’s about supporting the whole community, ensuring healthy lives and doing our part as a family of people creating

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When UAW members pledge to support each other, they do not mean just fellow UAW members. The sense of brotherhood and sisterhood is not only about working conditions, fair wages and benefits for UAW members — it’s about supporting the whole community, ensuring healthy lives and doing our part as a family of people creating rewarding lives in this country and around the world.

Nothing could illustrate this fact more than the thousands of UAW members who have volunteered to work around the clock with companies in every sector to manufacture much-needed medical equipment during this time of crisis.

Read more on detroitnews.com >>>

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COVID-19 Update 4/28/2020 https://uaw.org/covid-19-update-4-28-2020/ Tue, 28 Apr 2020 21:58:16 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=28660 My Brothers and Sisters, Today, on Workers Memorial Day, we recognize all of the UAW family members whom we have lost to workplace incidents, the COVID-19 pandemic and a tragic mass shooting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin earlier this year.  It is always important for us to mark the loss of any of our brothers and sisters,

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My Brothers and Sisters,

Today, on Workers Memorial Day, we recognize all of the UAW family members whom we have lost to workplace incidents, the COVID-19 pandemic and a tragic mass shooting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin earlier this year.  It is always important for us to mark the loss of any of our brothers and sisters, but in the extraordinary days and weeks of this global crisis, our losses seem even more poignant. On behalf of myself and the entire International Executive Board, we extend our heartfelt sympathies to the families, friends and communities of these brothers and sisters.

Our UAW family continues to bravely serve our communities and our nation, and your leadership continues to do everything in our power to keep our members safe as we navigate this terrible pandemic. I know all of us are concerned about what the next few weeks will bring in terms of how and when we return to work. We remain steadfast in our message to the companies: Our concern, first and foremost, is for the safety of our members and their families, and for the UAW that is the determining factor in re-opening these facilities.

Yesterday I reported that UAW GM and Ford workers are returning to their plants as paid volunteers to help make facilities ready for restart. Please note that this list should have included FCA UAW workers as well, as our brothers and sisters there are also volunteering to get facilities ready for restart. All of these brave members are doing the critical work to help ensure that the plants meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) health and safety COVID-19 protocols.

I am sad to also report today that we have lost another member of our UAW family to the virus. A brother from Local 422 who worked at the Worcester County Jail in West Boylston, Massachusetts, has passed. Our heartfelt sympathies go to his family and friends.

As always, I urge you again to stay safe, continue to support one another and adhere to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV.  For more updates and questions that you may have about your worksite, visit https://uaw.org/coronavirus/.

We are all in this together.

In solidarity,

Rory L. Gamble

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Workers Memorial Day: Painful Year of Loss Reminds Us to Remain Vigilant About Workplace Safety https://uaw.org/workers-memorial-day-painful-year-loss-reminds-us-remain-vigilant-workplace-safety/ Tue, 28 Apr 2020 14:00:56 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=28622 For UAW members and workers everywhere, there is never a time when workplace safety should take a backseat to any workplace issue. Never has that been more true than it is today, as the world is dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. During this heartbreaking season of loss, the UAW has continued to stand as a

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For UAW members and workers everywhere, there is never a time when workplace safety should take a backseat to any workplace issue. Never has that been more true than it is today, as the world is dealing with the COVID-19 crisis.

During this heartbreaking season of loss, the UAW has continued to stand as a fierce advocate for tough, science-based safeguards and measures. As reports of the coronavirus surfaced, UAW leadership quickly began monitoring reports, implementing precautions and working with employers to educate workers and implement stringent workplace safety measures. Those actions have included:

  • Advocating for a task force with leadership of GM, Ford and FCA to implement enhanced protections for manufacturing and warehouse employees at all three companies.
  • Working with automakers to agree to new measures to assure adherence to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organizations (WHO) recommendations on social distancing and required health and safety standards in the workplace.
  • Negotiating across all sectors and companies including the State of Michigan; casino dealers; John Deere, Case Holland, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and American Axle to implement the strongest measures to protect workers.
  • Acknowledging the acute need for equipment for first responders and working with the companies to protect members’ health and safety first while allowing for volunteers to work paid shifts to meet those needs in a safe environment.

As discussions progress on when and how to reopen the economy, the UAW continues to review, with great caution and concern, decisions being made about restarting workplaces. The union insists that these decisions should be informed by data and that strict CDC guidelines must be adhered to at all worksites, and that prior to reopening, sufficient data and protections are in place to ensure the safety of our members, their families and the public.

“The entire leadership of the UAW has been working to protect our brothers and sisters across this nation and beyond since this pandemic began. We will continue, as we always do, to work tirelessly to do everything we can for the safety and wellbeing of our UAW family,” UAW President Rory L. Gamble said. “On this day, we remember and honor those whose lives were cut short due to workplace incidents and to those members who have lost their lives to the COVID-19 virus.”

COVID

The UAW extends its deepest sympathies to the family, friends and coworkers to our brothers and sisters who died tragically due to COVID-19. This silent enemy rapidly spawned a global pandemic and UAW members were among thousands of victims. “One of the greatest tragedies this year has been the loss of so many UAW brothers and sisters hit by COVID-19,” says UAW President Rory L. Gamble. “This has been heartbreaking for all of us.

Victims of COVID-19

Alfred Adams, Local 1264 Sterling Stamping, Michigan, FCA US
Juma Stallworth, Local 1264 Sterling Stamping, Michigan,  FCA US
Michael Powers, Local 140, Warren Truck, Michigan, FCA US
Michael Hunt, Local 140, Warren Truck, Michigan, FCA US
Don Hamilton, Local 1284,  Chelsea Proving Grounds, Michigan, FCA US
Monik Rice,  Local 1248, MOPAR Centerline, Michigan, FCA US
Ricardo Smith, Local 1700 Sterling Heights Assembly, Michigan, FCA US
Marc Garland, Local 869,  Warren Stamping, Michigan, FCA US
Sylvia Hammock, Local 1700 Sterling Heights Assembly, Michigan, FCA US
Jerry Hayes, Local 1700 Sterling Heights Assembly, Michigan, FCA US
Catherine Bright Pace, Local 140 Warren Truck, Michigan, FCA US
Tommy Hammonds, Local 1248,  MOPAR Centerline, Michigan, FCA US
Lorenzo Seldon, Local 140, FCA Warren Truck, Michigan, FCA US
Jeff Bagby, Local 1302, Kokomo Transmission, Indiana, FCA US
Ricardo Smith, Local 1700,  Sterling Heights Assembly, Michigan, FCA
Donald Chisholm, Local 212,  FCA Transport, Michigan, FCA US
Renard Stonestreet, Local 182,  Livonia Transmission, Michigan, Ford
Donald Milton, Local 182,  Livonia Transmission, Michigan, Ford
David Ramirez, Local 551, Chicago Assembly, Illinois, Ford
Thomas Johnson, Local 900, Michigan Assembly ISA, Michigan, Ford
Michael Billington, Local 600, Ford World Headquarters (EDC1 Building), Michigan, Ford
Gregory Boyd, Local 600, Dearborn Stamping, Michigan, Ford
LaDonna Jennings, Local 600, Dearborn Diversified and Manufacturing (DDMP), Michigan, Ford
Virgil Sutton, Local 5286, Gastonia Freightliner, North Carolina, Freightliner
Keith Cruz, Local 182, Livonia Transmission, Michigan, Ford
Lujuan Partee, Local 900, Michigan Assembly ISA, Michigan, Ford
Emmitt Holland, Local 160,  General Motors Tech Center, Michigan, Aramark
Cornelius Burton, Local 600, Wellspring, Michigan
Kevin E. Dortch, Local 600,  AK Steel, Michigan
Anthony “Pappy” McKendall, Local 1805, Louisiana, Folger Coffee Company

 

COORS SHOOTING

The UAW extends its deepest sympathy to the family, friends and coworkers to our brothers and sisters who died tragically following a mass shooting at the Molson Coors Beverage Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Feb. 27, 2020. Among the deceased were three UAW Local 9 members. “This terrible event was a shocking and devastating loss for us all,” said UAW President Rory L. Gamble.

Victims of a Worksite Shooting

Jesus (Jesse) Valle Jr.,  Local 9, Wisconsin, Molson Coors Beverage Company
Gennady (Gene) Levshetz, Local 9, Wisconsin, Molson Coors Beverage Company
Trevor Wetselaar, Local 9, Wisconsin, Molson Coors Beverage Company

UAW International Staff

The UAW also extends its deepest sympathy to the family, friends and coworkers of our brother Mark Liburdi. Mark served in the President’s office as an Administrative Assistant. He was a member of Local 712 out of Theiss Associated in Bristol, Connecticut.  “This hits particularly close,” said UAW President Rory L. Gamble. “We are saddened by this loss and the untimely death of our colleague and friend.”

Mark Liburdi, Local 712, UAW President’s Office, Solidarity House, Michigan

 

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COVID-19 Update 4/27/2020 https://uaw.org/covid-19-update-4-27-2020/ Tue, 28 Apr 2020 00:00:53 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=28639 My Brothers and Sisters, I want to start my message today by commending the brave UAW Ford, FCA and GM men and women who have stepped up and agreed to serve as paid volunteers, to go back into production facilities to begin readying them for a restart date. That effort began today, and these dedicated

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My Brothers and Sisters,

I want to start my message today by commending the brave UAW Ford, FCA and GM men and women who have stepped up and agreed to serve as paid volunteers, to go back into production facilities to begin readying them for a restart date. That effort began today, and these dedicated volunteers will play a critical role in putting our members’ safety first as we get our economy back to work. These members will be helping to ensure that the plants meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) health and safety COVID-19 protocols.

Now, we do not yet have a restart date, and I have made it very clear in the past few days that the members of the International Executive Board and myself feel strongly that it is simply too risky to consider an early May restart. Our concern here, first and foremost, is for the safety of our members and their families. And that will be the determining factor in when we feel it is safe to reopen these facilities. We will not move on this point.

We know that if we waiver, the cost in human life and suffering will be too great.  History teaches us that it is always the role of the UAW to protect the working men and women of this nation. This pandemic may be unprecedented in our modern history, but our role as the protector of the working class is unwavering. We have made this clear in our discussions with each of the companies. And we will continue to work tirelessly to keep the sanctity of human life the cornerstone of our decisions.

Tomorrow is Workers Memorial Day, always a special day for our UAW family. This year, as the world is facing this extraordinary health crisis, it seems particularly important to recognize the members of our family who have lost their lives to workplace incidents or this terrible virus. I want to say on behalf of myself and the entire International Executive Board, we are humbled by your sacrifice and your loss and extend our sincerest sympathies to your families and your communities.

I’d also like to, again, recognize our frontline heroes in this extraordinary time. We’ve seen so many stories of our members stepping up in so many ways to help our communities and our nation. Today, one of the many brave UAW volunteers, Penni Cox from the GM facility in Kokomo, Indiana, was featured in an ABC news story (https://abcnews.go.com/US/gm-employees-building-ventilators-covid-19s-front-lines/story?id=70354222).  Hers is but one of so many stories of sacrifice.

I will be talking to you more this week about our heroes and how we are working to navigate this next chapter in this terrible crisis.

As always, I urge you again to stay safe, continue to support one another and adhere to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV.  For more updates, heroes stories and questions that you may have about your worksite, visit https://uaw.org/coronavirus/.

We are all in this together.

In solidarity,

Rory L. Gamble

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Heroes on the Front Line: David Gordon https://uaw.org/heroes-front-line-david-gordon/ Sat, 25 Apr 2020 16:07:12 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=28616 David Gordon, Associate Researcher and transitioning to Associate Professor Krogan Lab, University of California, San Francisco UAW Local 5810 “I was wrapping up a genetic interaction mapping project on HIV in January when we became aware of the new coronavirus. Since then, we’ve been working around the clock to find the interactions between SARS-CoV-2 proteins

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David Gordon, Associate Researcher and transitioning to Associate Professor
Krogan Lab,
University of California, San Francisco
UAW Local 5810

“I was wrapping up a genetic interaction mapping project on HIV in January when we became aware of the new coronavirus. Since then, we’ve been working around the clock to find the interactions between SARS-CoV-2 proteins and human proteins. By uncovering the human proteins that enable the spread of the virus, we are able to identify existing FDA-approved drugs which might be repurposed for COVID-19 patients.

“This effort has grown to include over 20 labs and a range of other collaborations, including Mount Sinai in New York and Institut Pasteur in Paris. We are gearing up to do live infection studies and are waiting for safety protocols and PPE. The same things we need to do the work is what the frontline hospital needs – so that is impacting the live virus work.

“I am grateful I can try to make a difference. I like to be able to support others and try to contribute to the greater good. I’m lucky to be in this position with the kind of lab that has the experience and resources we have. The team has been absolutely incredible. The dataset we gathered would not have been analyzed for months or even years — but what we’ve shown is that we can come together and push this stuff out quickly when we all work together.”

 

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COVID-19 Update 4/24/2020 https://uaw.org/covid-19-update-4-24-2020-2/ Fri, 24 Apr 2020 21:17:50 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=28613 My Sisters and Brothers, As we come together at the end of another week, I want to talk a little about what you may have seen in the news and in my messages over these past few days. What is dominating the news cycles, the stock market, our state and local governments and all of

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My Sisters and Brothers,

As we come together at the end of another week, I want to talk a little about what you may have seen in the news and in my messages over these past few days. What is dominating the news cycles, the stock market, our state and local governments and all of our conversations across all sectors is how do we stay safe as we plan for a restart of our economy.

And I know, my brothers and sisters, that this is at the forefront of your thoughts and your concerns. When will I go back to work and what will happen?

Now I don’t claim to have a crystal ball and these are truly unprecedented times, but I do know — and the experts have been very clear on this — that if we restart too early, it will be calamitous for all of us. For me, it comes down to one simple question. It’s the same question that I asked when we demanded that the Big 3 and others close production last month. Will our members be safe? If the answer is ‘No’, then our course is clear.

And so this week, I asked that question again of all of our companies in all of our sectors. I know truckers and others doing essential services are being asked back to work. But these decisions cannot be dictated by economics or stock prices or market conditions. They must be dictated by science and the safety of our working men and women. And based on that, which is the only criteria the International Executive Board and I are using, I feel the scientific data is not conclusive at this point and it is too risky for our members, their families and our communities to support a quick return to work in early May.

We must get this right. The stakes, in human lives and suffering, are simply too high. Experts have told us that there is not enough testing to understand the threat our members will face when they return to work. We must be confident that we have the scientific data to ensure that we have health protocols and enhanced protections in place before one single UAW member steps back into their worksite.

I will have more on this next week, as we are continuing to work with companies across all sectors for each and every one of our members. The decision to restart production contractually rests with the companies. However, we will continue to maintain a zero tolerance position as it relates to the health and safety of our members and do all that we can to ensure their safety. We will stay the course and be vigilant about what we expect in terms of health and safety and responsible re-opening of this economy based on science and experts.

As with so many of my messages, I have sad news to report. We have lost a 30-year member of UAW local 379 from Jacobs Vehicle Systems in Bloomfield, Connecticut. Our heartfelt sympathies go to the family and friends.

I urge you again to stay safe, continue to support one another and adhere to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV. For more updates and questions that you may have about your worksite, visit https://uaw.org/coronavirus/.

We are all in this together.

In solidarity,

Rory L. Gamble

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Statement of UAW President Rory L. Gamble on the Comments of Las Vegas Mayor Carol Goodman https://uaw.org/statement-uaw-president-rory-l-gamble-comments-las-vegas-mayor-carol-goodman/ Fri, 24 Apr 2020 18:03:37 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=28610 “No elected official who takes an oath to protect the public can approve of the comments by Mayor Goodman. UAW Casino employees, their families and the community are not test subjects for her irresponsible theories on public health and the Covid-19 virus. The UAW calls on other elected officials in Las Vegas and Nevada to

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“No elected official who takes an oath to protect the public can approve of the comments by Mayor Goodman. UAW Casino employees, their families and the community are not test subjects for her irresponsible theories on public health and the Covid-19 virus. The UAW calls on other elected officials in Las Vegas and Nevada to denounce these comments and ensure that Mayor Goodman’s risky policy theories are blocked from happening.”

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Union vs. Nonunion in Today’s World: A Stark Difference https://uaw.org/union-vs-nonunion-todays-world-stark-difference/ Thu, 23 Apr 2020 21:30:34 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=28595 What does it really mean to have a voice in your workplace? The extraordinary global crisis that we are all facing has put this into sharp focus. And at the forefront of this pandemic are essential workers — those front line employees in hospitals, grocery stores, transportation industries, security and firefighters, warehouses, construction sites and

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What does it really mean to have a voice in your workplace? The extraordinary global crisis that we are all facing has put this into sharp focus. And at the forefront of this pandemic are essential workers — those front line employees in hospitals, grocery stores, transportation industries, security and firefighters, warehouses, construction sites and more. For those who are union members with a collective bargaining agreement, their voices are heard. The power of union representation allows them to demand safety improvements, have a say in their workplace, their schedules and so much more. In short, they have a voice that is heard, something that non-union workers lack.

The difference between union and nonunion jobs is stark.

Union workers are more likely to have access to paid sick days and health insurance on the job than nonunion workers. Union workers are also more likely to be able to stay home when they are sick because they are more likely to have access to paid sick leave. Only two-thirds of nonunion workers have health insurance from work compared with 94% of union workers. And, 86% of unionized workers can take paid sick days to care for themselves or family members, compared with 72% of nonunion workers. These are discrepancies that translate to real day-to-day hardships for millions of American families.

This pandemic has shown the truly unfair working conditions of essential workers and what they are dealing with on a daily basis. But when workers are able to come together and voice their demands, things look quite a bit different. Companies listen and change happens.

Here are a but few recent examples of what the UAW and other unions have been able to do to protect workers during the COVID-19 crisis:

  • The UAW has negotiated and continues to negotiate in all sectors with all employers to keep members safe and establish necessary safety measures in the workplace.
  • The UAW worked with General Motors, Ford Motor Company and FCA to cease operations until safety protocols could be established.
  • The UAW worked with John Deere to cease operations in Moline, Illinois.
  • Negotiating with Blue Cross/Blue Shield to keep represented workers
    safe — UAW members are allowed to stay at home unless they volunteer to work at time and a half.
  • UAW negotiated safety conditions for the opening of GM and Ford facilities to begin making ventilators and masks.
  • Unions representing state workers in Michigan, including the UAW, have negotiated bonus pay for state employees who work with the public, called “COVID-19 Premium Pay”. Approximately 16,000 state employees are represented by the UAW including workers in prisons, state hospitals, veterans’ homes and juvenile justice facilities.
  • The UAW negotiated with Honeywell in New York to get leave status for workers, as opposed to forcing them to use vacation time for lockdown.
  • Unionized nurses, flight attendants and auto workers have all leveraged their collective voices in recent weeks to try to influence policy and corporate decision-making during the crisis.

All workers deserve a voice in the workplace, respect for their work and a seat at the table. Now more than ever, we at the UAW believe this is critical for our workforce, our communities and our country.

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Statement from UAW President Rory L. Gamble on Delaying an Early May Start Date https://uaw.org/statement-uaw-president-rory-l-gamble-delaying-early-may-start-date/ Thu, 23 Apr 2020 20:45:38 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=28608 At this point in time, the UAW does not believe the scientific data is conclusive that it is safe to have our members back in the workplace. We have not done enough testing to really understand the threat our members face. We want to make sure the scientific data is supportive and every possible health

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At this point in time, the UAW does not believe the scientific data is conclusive that it is safe to have our members back in the workplace. We have not done enough testing to really understand the threat our members face. We want to make sure the scientific data is supportive and every possible health protocols and enhanced protections are in place before UAW members walk into the workplace.

We are in support of Governor Whitmer extending the Stay at Home order. We strongly suggest to our companies in all sectors that an early May date is too soon and too risky to our members, their families and their communities.

That said we are happy with the auto companies’ response and cooperation on working through the health and safety protocols we will need in the workplace when it is appropriate to restart.

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COVID-19 Update 4/22/2020 https://uaw.org/covid-19-update-4-22-2020/ Thu, 23 Apr 2020 02:22:11 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=28592 My Sisters and Brothers, In my message today, I’d like to talk a little more personally about this extraordinary time in our history and the resilience of my UAW family. I have been with this union for more than 40 years, starting out in the plant as a young man. Like most of us, I

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My Sisters and Brothers,

In my message today, I’d like to talk a little more personally about this extraordinary time in our history and the resilience of my UAW family.

I have been with this union for more than 40 years, starting out in the plant as a young man. Like most of us, I have never seen anything like what we’re facing today and could never have anticipated living through times like these. I know that so many of you, like me, have lost loved ones and are grieving those losses. And I know you worry everyday about your families, your communities and what the coming weeks will mean for us all.

In my message today, I’d like to talk a little more personally about this extraordinary time in our history and the resilience of my UAW family.

I have been with this union for more than 40 years, starting out in the plant as a young man. Like most of us, I have never seen anything like what we’re facing today and could never have anticipated living through times like these. I know that so many of you, like me, have lost loved ones and are grieving those losses. And I know you worry everyday about your families, your communities and what the coming weeks will mean for us all.

I have closed most of my updates during this crisis by saying that we are all in this together. Solidarity has always been our strength and the power of this union, but it has never been more clear — or more critical — than it is right now. I see this every day in the strength of my UAW family as we step up to help one another and this nation.

I want my UAW family and every single one of our employers to know that it is the wellbeing of my brothers and sisters that is dictating all of my decisions and the decisions and work of your leadership and the International Executive Board; and that will continue to be our litmus test as we navigate the coming weeks and the restart of this economy.

Next week on April 28, we will observe Workers’ Memorial Day and commemorate those brothers and sisters -— and working men and women from all corners of the world — who have been injured, disabled or have lost their lives in the line of duty. It is always a sober reminder of the risks that hard working women and men face when they set off to work each day, but this year it seems even more poignant.

I am sad to also report today that we have lost two more members of our family to the virus. A member from the Folgers facility in Louisiana passed, and we lost a member from Ford Dearborn Truck Plant. Our heartfelt sympathies go to their family and friends.

I want to personally thank every single member of this great union for what you’re doing for your families and communities and for your strength as we face the unprecedented challenges ahead.

Please stay safe, continue to support one another and continue to adhere to the CDC guidelines, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV.  For more updates and questions that you may have about your worksite, visit https://uaw.org/coronavirus/.

And once again, please remember that we are all in this together.

In solidarity,

Rory L. Gamble

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Statement of UAW President Rory L. Gamble on Auto Coronavirus Task Force https://uaw.org/statement-uaw-president-rory-l-gamble-auto-coronavirus-task-force/ Thu, 23 Apr 2020 01:31:08 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=28590 “Members of the Auto Coronavirus Task Force have been working daily on best practices for the health and safety of UAW Ford, General Motors and FCA members. This evening President Gamble talked with principles from all three companies. These talks are fluid and ongoing to ensure safe protocols are followed when the companies reopen. President

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“Members of the Auto Coronavirus Task Force have been working daily on best practices for the health and safety of UAW Ford, General Motors and FCA members. This evening President Gamble talked with principles from all three companies. These talks are fluid and ongoing to ensure safe protocols are followed when the companies reopen. President Gamble, the three UAW Vice Presidents and the leadership of Ford, GM and FCA are together working on putting the highest standards of safety in place, and following CDC and WHO protocols as well as enhanced protections that will ensure confidence of members working in a comfortable and safe environment. While there was positive discussion, the talks continue. The one thing that is a priority of all parties is the health and safety of UAW Ford, General Motors and FCA employees, their families and their communities.”

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UAW Endorses Joseph Biden for President of The United States of America https://uaw.org/uaw-endorses-joseph-biden-president-united-states-america/ Tue, 21 Apr 2020 17:09:29 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=28588 Detroit – The UAW International Board Tuesday announced the influential unions’ endorsement of former Vice President Joe Biden for President of the United States. “In these dangerous and difficult times, the country needs a president who will demonstrate clear, stable leadership, less partisan acrimony and more balance to the rights and protections of working Americans,”

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Detroit – The UAW International Board Tuesday announced the influential unions’ endorsement of former Vice President Joe Biden for President of the United States.

“In these dangerous and difficult times, the country needs a president who will demonstrate clear, stable leadership, less partisan acrimony and more balance to the rights and protections of working Americans,” said Rory Gamble, President of the UAW. “UAW Members need a federal government that ensures that members have both a good job to go to, and that they come home to their families at night having earned a fair day’s wage in a safe and secure place.”

Over the last four years, UAW members have seen an assault on worker rights to organize and fair wages, NLRB rules that impede organizing and anti-worker federal appointees.

Biden has committed to a plan that will:

  • Reign in the abuse of corporate power over working people and hold corporate executives personally accountable for violations of labor laws.
  • Encourage and incentivize unionization and collective bargaining; and
  • Ensure that workers are treated with dignity and receive the pay, benefits and workplace protections they deserve.
  • Ensure we expand access to affordable quality health care.

In recent days, the UAW has been negotiating for enhanced safety standards over COVID-19 return-to-work policies. “This issue demonstrates the need for Presidential leadership to follow the guidance of science and give workers a seat in discussions over their safety and well-being. Now it is time for workers to take their place at the table.”

Biden’s experience in the Obama-Biden Administration during the successful auto recovery will be instrumental as the industry experiences massive changes in technology and jobs in auto and other UAW sectors.

“In a changing economic environment, we need steady leadership and planning to make sure the jobs of the future are good-paying union jobs with benefits,” said Gamble. “And UAW members need to know they have a voice in those changes.”

Gamble added that it is important to have leadership that, at all times, considers the needs of working men and women in making policy choices, and judicial appointments. “UAW members ultimately want a voice. And Joe Biden is committed to giving UAW members that voice at the table.”

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Statement of UAW President Rory L. Gamble on Implementation of the Nonpartisan Science-Based Approach of the Biden Plan to Reopen the Economy https://uaw.org/statement-uaw-president-rory-l-gamble-implementation-nonpartisan-science-based-approach-biden-plan-reopen-economy/ Mon, 20 Apr 2020 19:46:29 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=28586 “I have said for some time that the only litmus test in reopening the economy is whether you would send your son or daughter into the workplace. To do that requires a science-based nonpartisan approach to worker safety. Former Vice President Biden’s plan relies on experts and science-based factors, acknowledges the need for adequate testing

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“I have said for some time that the only litmus test in reopening the economy is whether you would send your son or daughter into the workplace. To do that requires a science-based nonpartisan approach to worker safety.

Former Vice President Biden’s plan relies on experts and science-based factors, acknowledges the need for adequate testing and oversight of safety in reopening workplaces, and is devoid of partisan acrimony. Joe Biden knows that the safety of workers can’t be a partisan issue.

UAW members are more than happy to return to the workplace under safe, monitored and healthy working conditions. Testing, CDC guidelines and flattening the pandemic curve saves lives.”

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Heroes on the Front Line: Debby Hollis https://uaw.org/heroes-front-line-debby-hollis/ Mon, 20 Apr 2020 13:55:30 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=28583 Debby Hollis doesn’t make a big fuss about things. She just acts. That is exactly what she did when she signed on to make Ventec critical care ventilators capable of supporting patients fighting COVID-19. “I don’t like to get into a panic about things. I just do what is needed,” says the Local 292 member.

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Debby Hollis doesn’t make a big fuss about things. She just acts. That is exactly what she did when she signed on to make Ventec critical care ventilators capable of supporting patients fighting COVID-19.

“I don’t like to get into a panic about things. I just do what is needed,” says the Local 292 member. “There was no question that I would do this. I feel like it is my obligation as a union member and as an employee.”

Hollis, who usually makes circuit boards for airbags, has worked at the GMCH Kokomo plant for nearly 21 years. Her husband, John, is a Kokomo city employee and deemed an essential worker. They have no children at home.

“It’s just the two of us and since my husband has to work anyway, I figured why not volunteer. I’m proud to step up and do my part. It’s my chance to contribute to something,” says Hollis. “There are a lot of people who don’t have a choice. This is their profession. It’s what they signed up for. I understand that and I want to be part of that team to do what I can.”

Keeping busy helps her focus less on the personal impact of the COVID-19 threat.

“I have an elderly mother and she may be one of the people who needs a ventilator. And my 18-year-old grandson just lost his paternal grandfather to it. So, this does have an impact on my family,” Hollis says. “Not everyone can contribute in the same way. This is what I can do. In times like these, everyone gives whatever they can and that is good enough.”

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COVID-19 Update 4/17/2020 https://uaw.org/covid-19-update-4-17-2020/ Fri, 17 Apr 2020 19:40:47 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=28581 My Sisters and Brothers, In today’s message, I’d like to once again thank all of my UAW family for everything you’re doing to help keep our communities and our nation safe. We have so many stories of UAW members stepping up in so many different ways to help out. Members going back into plants to

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My Sisters and Brothers,

In today’s message, I’d like to once again thank all of my UAW family for everything you’re doing to help keep our communities and our nation safe. We have so many stories of UAW members stepping up in so many different ways to help out. Members going back into plants to make critically needed personal protective equipment and ventilators, members setting up mask-making operations in their homes, local food banks, volunteering to assist neighbors — helping out in every way you can think of.

When the nation calls, we always answer. I want each and every one of you to know that your leadership is making it very clear to all of our companies across all sectors that we expect no less from them in this crisis. As we look to a plan for restarting this economy and going back to work, we are demanding that the restart is conducted with one overriding concern: The health and safety of our members.

This is what I have told the CEOs leading these companies: The only litmus test that matters is whether you would send your own family, your own son or daughter, into the plant and be certain that they will return home safely.

Now, we know that auto assembly workers will be among the first back to work as the economy emerges. So we are in deep discussions with all three companies and all of our sectors to plan ahead to ensure the implementation of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) safety standards and utilization of all available technologies to protect our UAW members, their families and the public.
This is a critical moment in our history, and it will impact millions of Americans for years to come. Our task in these coming days is truly momentous, and we have a responsibility to every person in this nation to get it right. The return to work plan must be dictated by science, not economic factors.

We have made it clear to the companies that testing is key and that we must create an environment where workers are comfortable to self-report symptoms and self-quarantine, without penalty. These discussions are ongoing. We will keep you updated as we know more.

We are also working with our elected officials in DC and locally to ensure that the decisions and legislation being put forward keep the safety and wellbeing of our workers at the forefront.

Today’s update includes another UAW loss. A brother at Local 160 from the GM Tech Center passed last week. Our prayers and support go out to this family and friends.

Please stay safe, support one another and continue to adhere to the CDC guidelines, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV.

For more updates and questions that you may have about your worksite, visit https://uaw.org/coronavirus/.

Remember, we are all in this together.

In solidarity,

Rory L. Gamble

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Local 292 GM workers sign boxes of first ventilators shipped to help with the COVID-19 pandemic https://uaw.org/local-292-gm-workers-sign-boxes-first-ventilators-shipped-help-covid-19-pandemic/ Fri, 17 Apr 2020 19:32:02 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=28570 Yesterday, UAW Local 292 workers at GM in Kokomo, Indiana sent off the first boxes of ventilators. Not only have UAW members jumped into action to help their fellow community members, but they signed the boxes to help give hope to the hospital workers and people suffering from COVID-19. Check out the boxes and the

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Yesterday, UAW Local 292 workers at GM in Kokomo, Indiana sent off the first boxes of ventilators. Not only have UAW members jumped into action to help their fellow community members, but they signed the boxes to help give hope to the hospital workers and people suffering from COVID-19. Check out the boxes and the heartfelt post, here.

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COVID-19 Update 4/15/2020 https://uaw.org/covid-19-update-4-15-2020/ Thu, 16 Apr 2020 00:31:34 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=28568 My Sisters and Brothers, In today’s message, I’m happy to report an update on the extraordinary efforts of our UAW family members who are producing ventilators at the GM facility in Kokomo, Indiana. When the call came in March, our members stepped up immediately to courageously volunteer their time, going through rigorous safety training at

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My Sisters and Brothers,

In today’s message, I’m happy to report an update on the extraordinary efforts of our UAW family members who are producing ventilators at the GM facility in Kokomo, Indiana. When the call came in March, our members stepped up immediately to courageously volunteer their time, going through rigorous safety training at the GM facility so they could begin work producing the critically needed ventilators that will save lives. This month will see the first delivery of more than 600 ventilators with thousands more to come over the next several months. A total of 30,000 ventilators are expected to be produced by this August.

Once again, when our nation calls and our communities are in need, the men and women of the UAW always step up. Our history shows this time and time again, and today’s unprecedented global crisis is no different. When there is a need, the UAW is there.

In sad news today, we lost two more UAW members to this virus, both from Local 1264, FCA Sterling Stamping. On behalf of the President’s Office and the entire International Executive Board, our support and sympathies go out to their families and friends.

We also saw the passing of former UAW Vice President Cal Rapson, who spent his life and career working for working families. Rapson was elected a vice president of the International union in June 2002. He was elected to a second term in 2006 and served as director of the UAW GM, Delphi, Skilled Trades and Veterans Departments. His career as a trade unionist and community leader began in 1965 when he joined UAW Local 659 while working at the General Motors Chevrolet Engine Plant in Flint, Michigan. Rapson’s legacy includes the UAW Cal Rapson Endowed Scholarship & Fellowship for eligible students at Michigan State University whose parent or guardian is a UAW member. Our prayers and support go out to his family and friends.

As always, please stay safe, support one another and continue to adhere to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV.
For more updates and questions that you may have about your worksite, visit https://uaw.org/coronavirus/.

Remember, we are all in this together.

In solidarity,

Rory L. Gamble

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The UAW Mourns the Passing of Former Vice President Cal Rapson https://uaw.org/uaw-mourns-passing-former-vice-president-cal-rapson/ Wed, 15 Apr 2020 17:29:10 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=28565 The UAW International Executive Board is saddened by the passing today of our brother and former UAW Vice President Cal Rapson. Rapson’s career as a trade unionist and community leader began in 1965 when he joined UAW Local 659 while working at the General Motors Chevrolet Engine Plant in Flint, Michigan.  A Michigan State University

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The UAW International Executive Board is saddened by the passing today of our brother and former UAW Vice President Cal Rapson.

Rapson’s career as a trade unionist and community leader began in 1965 when he joined UAW Local 659 while working at the General Motors Chevrolet Engine Plant in Flint, Michigan.  A Michigan State University (MSU) student at the time, Rapson intended only to work one summer shift at GM. Instead, he committed a lifetime to helping advance the UAW’s fight for social and economic justice. In 2008 MSU recognized Rapson with an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree for his life’s work and dedication to labor.

“Our brother, Cal Rapson, always described himself as a Flint man, but he was far more than that,” said UAW President Rory L. Gamble.  “He was an activist, a dedicated leader and a fighter for UAW members and America’s working families.”

A journeyman machine repair/machinist, Rapson was outspoken in his passion for workers’ rights and unapologetic in his zeal for delivering the best possible results to the UAW membership at the bargaining table.

Before his appointment to the International staff, Rapson’s union activism led to various elected positions in Local 659, including top negotiator for Sub-Council 9. In 1982 he was elected chair of the national negotiation team that successfully bargained the 1982 Master Agreement between the UAW and GM.

In 1988 he served as coordinator of Active Training Programs at the UAW-GM Center for Human Resources. In 1989 Rapson was appointed by then-UAW Vice President Stephen P. Yokich as an administrative assistant in the union’s GM Department. He played a key role in negotiating the 1990 and 1993 national agreements at GM. He was assistant director of UAW Region 1C from 1995 to 1998, when he was elected regional director.

Rapson was elected a vice president of the International union in June 2002. He was elected to a second term as vice president on June 14, 2006, at the union’s 34th Constitutional Convention in Las Vegas and served as director of the UAW GM, Delphi, Skilled Trades and Veterans Departments.

In his first term as vice president, he directed the union’s Aerospace, Agricultural Implement and General Dynamics departments, as well as those representing UAW members at Lear, Guide Corp. and American Axle.  In that term he also directed the union’s national Skilled Trades, Veterans, Chaplaincy, Conservation, Recreation and Consumer Affairs Departments.

Rapson’s legacy includes the UAW Cal Rapson Endowed Scholarship & Fellowship for eligible students at Michigan State University whose parent or guardian is a UAW member.

“We will always remember Brother Rapson for his many contributions and for never giving up the UAW’s fight for all working families and for his lifetime of service to our union,” President Gamble said.

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COVID-19 Update 4/14/2020 https://uaw.org/covid-19-update-4-14-2020/ Tue, 14 Apr 2020 19:43:42 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=28562 My Brothers and Sisters, I am very pleased to share some positive news today that, once again, speaks to how our UAW family is stepping up to help out during this worldwide crisis. As we all know, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is critical to keeping our frontline health care workers and others safe from infection

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My Brothers and Sisters,

I am very pleased to share some positive news today that, once again, speaks to how our UAW family is stepping up to help out during this worldwide crisis.

As we all know, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is critical to keeping our frontline health care workers and others safe from infection as they care for others and keep our communities functioning. Yesterday, we announced that the UAW, working with Ford Motor Company, has taken another step in responding to the COVID-19 crisis by shifting more production to face masks for medical use, PPE and respirators. Our UAW Ford members continue to volunteer to report to work during this difficult time as we expand at the facility across from Flat Rock, Michigan to make respirators. And UAW Ford members are continuing to make face masks for medical use at the Van Dyke Transmission Plant.

We are working very closely with Ford to ensure that stringent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines go above and beyond to provide the necessary protections for these members who are proudly volunteering to serve their communities and their nation.

I also have sad news today. Two members from FCA Warren Truck out of Local 140 passed from the virus. One member passed on April 3 and a brother passed on April 12. We also had a death at Chelsea Proving Grounds on April 9. On behalf of myself and the entire International Executive Board (IEB), our prayers and support go out to their families and communities.

In other news today, we have seen membership in our union grow for this reporting period. Our ranks increased by 3,125 members between December 2018 and December 2019. Much of the growth was in non-automotive sectors including gaming, healthcare and legal services.

I know that there are a lot of questions and concerns about work status and what the next few weeks will bring. We continue to work tirelessly with companies in all our sectors to keep our members and communities safe and to plan for the coming weeks as we all work through this together. I will have more on this in the coming days.

As always, please stay safe, support one another and continue to adhere to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV.

For more updates and questions that you may have about your worksite, visit https://uaw.org/coronavirus/.

Remember, we are all in this together.

In solidarity,

Rory L. Gamble

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UAW Coloring Pages https://uaw.org/uaw-coloring-pages/ Tue, 14 Apr 2020 13:15:17 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=28407 Looking for a fun activity for the kids? Print out these coloring pages and share a bit of UAW history with them. Be sure to share their creations on Instagram and tag our page, @UAW.union!      

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Looking for a fun activity for the kids? Print out these coloring pages and share a bit of UAW history with them. Be sure to share their creations on Instagram and tag our page, @UAW.union!

 

 

 

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Statement of UAW Vice President Gerald Kariem Director of the UAW Ford Department on the Announcement of Expansion of COVID-19 Supply Production https://uaw.org/statement-uaw-vice-president-gerald-kariem-director-uaw-ford-department-announcement-expansion-covid-19-supply-production/ Mon, 13 Apr 2020 19:13:05 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=28559 Together with Ford, the UAW continues to respond to the COVID-19 crisis by shifting production to face masks for medical use, personal protective equipment and respirators. UAW Ford members continue to step up and volunteer to work during this difficult time as we expand at the facility across from Flat Rock to make respirators and

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Together with Ford, the UAW continues to respond to the COVID-19 crisis by shifting production to face masks for medical use, personal protective equipment and respirators. UAW Ford members continue to step up and volunteer to work during this difficult time as we expand at the facility across from Flat Rock to make respirators and at the Van Dyke Transmission Plant to make face masks for medical use.
The UAW also continues to work with Ford to follow stringent CDC guidelines and go above and beyond protections for these members who are so proudly volunteering to serve their communities and their Nation.

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COVID-19 Update 4/11/2020 https://uaw.org/covid-19-update-4-11-2020/ Sat, 11 Apr 2020 22:38:49 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=28555 My Sisters and Brothers, Just a short message today on behalf of myself and the entire International Executive Board, to wish our UAW family all the best on this holiday weekend. Many of us are observing religious holidays; and while our celebrations may be different this year, we are still with one another in spirit

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My Sisters and Brothers,

Just a short message today on behalf of myself and the entire International Executive Board, to wish our UAW family all the best on this holiday weekend. Many of us are observing religious holidays; and while our celebrations may be different this year, we are still with one another in spirit and in faith. And it is that commonality that will see us through this terrible worldwide crisis.

I want to recognize all of my sisters and brothers who are helping fight this devastating virus in so many ways in so many of our communities – whether it’s looking out for a neighbor, volunteering to go back into a plant to make Personal Protective Equipment, caring for the sick, protecting our communities, caring for our friends, family and neighbors in long-term care facilities, and so many other brave and kind acts. I think our past president Walter Reuther may have said it best: “There is no greater calling than to serve your fellow men. There is no greater contribution than to help the weak. There is not greater satisfaction than to have done it well.”

This UAW family has a long rich history of stepping up to serve when our country is in need and today is no different. I have been so humbled to see so many of our UAW family coming to the aid of their communities and our nation.

I’m sorry to say that today’s message brings sad news. We lost a brother to the virus yesterday who worked at the Ford Truck plant in Dearborn, Michigan. Our prayers and support go out to his family and friends.

As always, please stay safe, support one another and continue to adhere to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV.

For more updates and questions that you may have about your worksite, visit https://uaw.org/coronavirus/.

Personally, I keep all of us in my prayers.

In solidarity,
Rory L. Gamble

 

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Heroes on the Front Line: Travis Fick https://uaw.org/heroes-front-line-travis-fick/ Thu, 09 Apr 2020 22:48:50 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=28543 Relief Efforts The day COVID-19 shutdown the Warren (Michigan) Technical Center is the day Travis Fick jumped wholeheartedly into the fight against the virus. “It was a Friday. I believe March 20. I had been paying attention, so I knew there was a shortage of personal protection equipment, so I started a Facebook group to

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Relief Efforts

The day COVID-19 shutdown the Warren (Michigan) Technical Center is the day Travis Fick jumped wholeheartedly into the fight against the virus.

“It was a Friday. I believe March 20. I had been paying attention, so I knew there was a shortage of personal protection equipment, so I started a Facebook group to see what we could do,” says the Local 160 member.

Immediately, he posted information about the need to get protection gear to medical professionals. He called businesses like dentist offices that had closed because they were not essential, but might have N95 masks, gloves, medical gowns and caps, or anything that could be used on the front lines.

“At first there were three of us,” Fick says. “My mother, Cindi, and my wife, Jenny, started sewing masks and I was making the calls and delivering supplies,” he says. “In a couple of days, we had a few hundred people in the Facebook group, some sewing, and some helping raise awareness.”

Fick, a metal model worker, used his personal credit cards to buy fabric for the masks and paid for gas to deliver whatever he could procure from businesses throughout the Detroit area. When he reached his financial limit, he set up a site for donations.

Now, there are about 1,300 members in the Facebook group, a website with a map to show how his Michigan COVID-19 Relief project is coming and where donations are going, and 50 sewers producing 500 masks daily for workers on the front lines in Detroit, Port Huron, Grand Rapids and more. The donations allow the campaign to supply the protection gear at no cost to those who receive them.

About 6,050 masks have been donated. The Facebook page posts photos and thanks from medical professionals who have received donations. The web site allows visitors to register to help.

“All it takes is a spark to start a fire,” said Fick. “It has been a huge effort. You want to talk about community and solidarity to answer the call in a time of need, that is what we are doing.”

Fick says he stopped counting the hours it takes to keep the project going.

“This virus doesn’t sleep,” Fick says. “I figure I shouldn’t sleep either.”

For more information visit the Michigan Covid-19 Relief Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/239086287487039/  and the website at mc19relief.com.

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COVID-19 Update 4/9/2020 https://uaw.org/covid-19-update-4-9-2020/ Thu, 09 Apr 2020 21:44:38 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=28541 My Sisters and Brothers, I’m pleased to report today that UAW Local 434 members have begun producing face shields that will be provided to healthcare workers who are on the front lines of this pandemic caring for patients. Local 434 in Moline, Illinois is the only Deere facility building the critically needed shields. I want

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My Sisters and Brothers,

I’m pleased to report today that UAW Local 434 members have begun producing face shields that will be provided to healthcare workers who are on the front lines of this pandemic caring for patients. Local 434 in Moline, Illinois is the only Deere facility building the critically needed shields.

I want to say that we are so proud of our UAW brothers and sisters who are stepping up to help fight this terrible virus. I also want to recognize the hard work that went into putting the necessary health and safety provisions in place to keep our members safe as they produce this much needed equipment. The original run is expected to result in  25,000 shields with another 200,000 planned. In addition to health care workers, the shields will be provided to production workers to ensure they’re safe while producing the personal protection equipment.

So many of our brothers and sisters across this nation have stepped up to help fight this pandemic. I know I have said this before in my updates, but I don’t think it can be repeated too often: We sincerely appreciate everything you’re doing to help keep our communities safe. I’m pleased to say that we will have many more stories of our heroes on the front lines in the days to come.

In sad news today, we have learned that we have lost a Local 600 brother who worked at New Directions in Farmington Hills, Michigan. On behalf of myself and the International Executive Board, our prayers and support go out to his family and friends.

As always, please stay safe, support one another and continue to adhere to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines,https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV.

For more updates and questions that you may have about your worksite, visit https://uaw.org/coronavirus/.

In solidarity,

Rory L. Gamble

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UAW John Deere Members Begin Face Shield Production https://uaw.org/uaw-john-deere-members-begin-face-shield-production/ Thu, 09 Apr 2020 18:54:24 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=28535 Yesterday, UAW Local 434 members at John Deere in Moline, Illinois began producing face shields for health care workers battling COVID-19 in their communities. The original run will produce 25,000 face shields with materials on order to produce another 200,000. The shields will be distributed to local health care facilities, as well as being used

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Yesterday, UAW Local 434 members at John Deere in Moline, Illinois began producing face shields for health care workers battling COVID-19 in their communities. The original run will produce 25,000 face shields with materials on order to produce another 200,000. The shields will be distributed to local health care facilities, as well as being used by production workers to ensure they’re safe while producing the equipment.

“This is a very proud day for the UAW and our UAW members. I want to recognize the hard work that Secretary-Treasurer and Agriculture Implement Department Director Ray Curry and Region 4 Director Ron McInroy contributed to this effort. This included working to put the necessary health and safety provisions in place for our members to begin manufacturing critically-needed face shields for the health-care workers who are on the front lines of this crisis saving lives. We are especially proud of the courageous UAW members who are stepping up to do this critical work,” said UAW President Rory Gamble.

UAW members at manufacturing facilities across the country have begun producing protective equipment to keep our health care professionals and first responders safe. We’re thankful to all of these members who have risen to the occasion and offered their skills and training to help us fight the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Their dedication and sacrifice embodies everything that it means to be a UAW member.

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Webinar Offers Expert Info on Preventing Spread of Viruses at Work https://uaw.org/webinar-offers-expert-info-preventing-spread-viruses-work/ Thu, 09 Apr 2020 18:22:09 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=28533 Tune in 2 p.m. (EDT) Friday, April 10, for a free webinar that offers expert information for those still working outside the home during the coronavirus pandemic. The event, Workplace Safety in a Pandemic: Slowing the Spread of Coronavirus and Communicable Diseases, is sponsored by Cornell University ILR Worker Institute. Register now at https://bit.ly/2JR2MFb.

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Tune in 2 p.m. (EDT) Friday, April 10, for a free webinar that offers expert information for those still working outside the home during the coronavirus pandemic. The event, Workplace Safety in a Pandemic: Slowing the Spread of Coronavirus and Communicable Diseases, is sponsored by Cornell University ILR Worker Institute. Register now at https://bit.ly/2JR2MFb.

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