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

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

For more, visit The Detroit News >>> 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more, visit Black Press USA >>>

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read more at The Detroit News >>>

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

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

Chips and Pretzels

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

Pies

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

Ice Cream Toppings

Masterson Company.

Sweet Goods

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

Bread and Rolls

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

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

 

Beverages
Beer

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

Wine

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

Spirits

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

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The Fall 2019 edition of Solidarity magazine is now online!

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

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

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

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

And there’s much more ….l

 

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

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Greetings Sisters and Brothers,

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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UAW Commends Passage of Drug Bill to Lower Prescription Costs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Provided final text accurately reflects changes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read the full article at PRNEWSWIRE.com >>>

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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National UAW-FCA Council Votes on Proposed Tentative Agreement, Sends for Ratification Vote https://uaw.org/national-uaw-fca-council-votes-proposed-tentative-agreement-sends-ratification-vote/ Wed, 04 Dec 2019 20:55:17 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=27267 Detroit – The National UAW-FCA Council convened today and voted to send the proposed hourly and salary Tentative Agreements with FCA for a ratification vote of UAW members. In doing so, the UAW released details of the tentative agreements as approved by the UAW-FCA National Negotiators and the Council. The National UAW-FCA Council consists of

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Detroit – The National UAW-FCA Council convened today and voted to send the proposed hourly and salary Tentative Agreements with FCA for a ratification vote of UAW members. In doing so, the UAW released details of the tentative agreements as approved by the UAW-FCA National Negotiators and the Council.

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

Local Unions will now proceed with informational meetings and ratification votes at all FCA local unions to be held beginning Friday, December 6.

“This pattern agreement lifts all current full-time employees to top pay in four years; provides parity on health care for all in-progression employees; provides a pathway to full-time status and eventually top pay for all temporary employees; prescription drug coverage for temporary employees; a $9,000 signing bonus for traditional members and a $3,500 signing bonus for temporary members; enhanced the profit sharing formula by 12.5% and created over 7,900 jobs from over $9 billion in investment – including $4.5 billion in newly announced projects,” said Cindy Estrada, UAW Vice President and Director of the UAW-FCA Department.

Estrada said the agreement reflects the strength of FCA’s profits in North America.

“UAW FCA members continue to grow in numbers due to the quality and innovative products they produce,” said Rory Gamble, Acting President of the UAW. “This contract continues a strong pattern that allows for continued growth – including a new Detroit plant – while rewarding members for their role in the companies’ success.”

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Warm against the cold https://uaw.org/warm-against-the-cold/ Sun, 01 Dec 2019 20:23:03 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=27018 Volunteers join UAW Acting President’s 5th Sleeping Bag Drive to Help Detroit Homeless Today, UAW members and Metro Detroit residents flowed into a local Detroit McDonald’s restaurant to show their support and join UAW Acting President Rory Gamble in a community effort to raise money for sleeping bags and winter necessities for homeless residents in

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Volunteers join UAW Acting President’s 5th Sleeping Bag Drive to Help Detroit Homeless

Today, UAW members and Metro Detroit residents flowed into a local Detroit McDonald’s restaurant to show their support and join UAW Acting President Rory Gamble in a community effort to raise money for sleeping bags and winter necessities for homeless residents in the Detroit area.

The fundraiser kicked off with the Bed-in-a-Bag Radiothon, with local radio personality Mildred Gaddis broadcasting live on 105.9 FM. The radiothon included an interview with Michigan Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist. 

This year’s goal is to raise more than $35,000 and distribute at least 1,000 sleeping bags to beat 2018 totals.

“We are blessed that we have been able to receive such broad support for this effort and it gets better every year,” said Gamble. “This event makes a real difference for people in the community who need these items. We will distribute the bags on Jan. 20, 2020, when teams of volunteers will hit the streets and take the sleeping bags, blankets and other necessities out to where people need them.”

Constance Bobbitt and Tony Braggs of UAW Region 1A Local 163

Gamble has been the leading sponsor of this sleeping bag drive for the homeless for four consecutive years. This year the event is conducted in partnership with the EMG Foundation. The bags are designed to handle temperatures as low as 17 degrees below zero.

“I have only missed one year,” said UAW Local 163 member and Region 1A chaplain Constance Bobbitt. “It makes such a difference when you go out there and hand someone a sleeping bag and they tell you how much they appreciate it. People are thankful and grateful.”

Fellow UAW member Tony Braggs echoed this sentiment.

“This is what we do as UAW members. We give back to the community,” said Braggs, also of UAW Local 163. “This is something that comes natural to me as a chaplain and as a proud UAW member. We give back to those who are homeless or less fortunate. It’s in our DNA.”

To volunteer, or for more information call 313-568-1059. Volunteers who want to help with distribution should plan to dress warmly. Donations toward the purchase of sleeping bags are still being accepted and should be made payable to EMG Foundation and delivered to: The Beasley Group, 1 Radio Plaza St., Ferndale, Michigan, 48220.

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BLACKPRESSUSA OP-ED: What I’m thankful for this season https://uaw.org/blackpressusa-op-ed-im-thankful-season/ Sat, 30 Nov 2019 23:02:43 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=27016 I know. Collective Bargaining doesn’t sound festive. But believe me, Collective Bargaining is responsible for a whole lot of the festivities that we enjoy this holiday. Trade unions and the collective voice that they speak to management with, have brought about so much of what we now take for granted. The 40-hour work week, for example, was

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I know. Collective Bargaining doesn’t sound festive.

But believe me, Collective Bargaining is responsible for a whole lot of the festivities that we enjoy this holiday. Trade unions and the collective voice that they speak to management with, have brought about so much of what we now take for granted. The 40-hour work week, for example, was almost 70 hours until unions rolled their sleeves up and said life also calls for family and R and R time.

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UAW Reaches Proposed Tentative Agreement to be Presented to the National UAW-FCA Council https://uaw.org/uaw-reaches-proposed-tentative-agreement-presented-national-uaw-fca-council/ Sat, 30 Nov 2019 16:11:13 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=27014 Detroit – The UAW announced today that hourly workers, both production and skilled trades, have reached a proposed tentative agreement with FCA US LLC. “Our UAW Bargaining Committee worked diligently, over many months, during the General Motors strike and Ford negotiations to maintain productive negotiations with FCA,” said UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada, director of

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Detroit – The UAW announced today that hourly workers, both production and skilled trades, have reached a proposed tentative agreement with FCA US LLC.

“Our UAW Bargaining Committee worked diligently, over many months, during the General Motors strike and Ford negotiations to maintain productive negotiations with FCA,” said UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada, director of the UAW-FCA Department. “The pattern bargaining strategy has been a very effective approach for the UAW and its members to negotiate economic gains around salary, benefits and job security. In addition to the $4.5 billion in major investments previously announced, negotiators secured an additional $4.5 billion for a total of $9 billion of investments adding 7,900 jobs during the contract period.”

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

UAW Acting President Rory Gamble thanked UAW-FCA members for their patience and hard work. “FCA has been a great American success story thanks to the hard work of our members. We have achieved substantial gains and job security provisions for the fastest growing auto company in the United States,” said Gamble. “During the previous four-year agreement, FCA added over 6,400 new UAW members.”

The UAW-FCA National Council will meet on Dec. 4, 2019 to go over details of the proposed Tentative Agreement. If adopted as a Tentative Agreement, it will go to all FCA hourly and salary members for a ratification vote that will begin on Dec. 6, 2019.

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UAW Acting President Leads 5th Annual Sleeping Bag Drive to Help Detroit Homeless https://uaw.org/uaw-acting-president-leads-5th-annual-sleeping-bag-drive-help-detroit-homeless/ Fri, 29 Nov 2019 16:55:24 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=27009 UAW Acting President Rory Gamble will lead a community effort to deliver sleeping bags and winter necessities to homeless residents in the Detroit area. On Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, the Bed in a Bag Radiothon will be broadcast live from 8 to 10 a.m. on the Mildred Gaddis radio show on 105.9 KISS-FM from McDonalds

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UAW Acting President Rory Gamble will lead a community effort to deliver sleeping bags and winter necessities to homeless residents in the Detroit area.

On Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, the Bed in a Bag Radiothon will be broadcast live from 8 to 10 a.m. on the Mildred Gaddis radio show on 105.9 KISS-FM from McDonalds at 1000 Mack Avenue in Detroit.  Volunteers will deliver sleeping bags, hats, socks and other cold-weather necessities directly to homeless residents. The bags are designed to handle temperatures as low as 17 degrees below zero.

“This event makes a real difference for people in the community who need these items,” said Gamble. “It is amazing to see all the volunteers who show up. It warms the hearts of everyone who participates, and it fills a real need during these cold winter months for people living on the streets of Detroit,” Gamble said.

Gamble has been the leading sponsor of this sleeping bag drive for the homeless four  consecutive years. This year the event is conducted in partnership with the EMG Foundation.

To volunteer, or for more information call 313 568-1059. Volunteers should dress warmly to help with distribution. Checks or money orders toward the purchase of a sleeping bag should be made payable to EMG Foundation and delivered to The Beasley Group, 1 Radio Plaza St., Ferndale, Michigan 48220.

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Buy Union – Buy American | 2019 Holiday Shopping Guide https://uaw.org/buy-union-buy-american-2019-holiday-shopping-guide/ Fri, 29 Nov 2019 14:00:10 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=26881 Our loved ones deserve only the very best. This holiday season, show them how much you care by buying union-made gifts. Union-made goods are high quality; they stand the test of time. Buying union also means you are supporting good-paying jobs that strengthen and grow our economy. Buy union: for your loved ones, for your

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Our loved ones deserve only the very best. This holiday season, show them how much you care by buying union-made gifts. Union-made goods are high quality; they stand the test of time. Buying union also means you are supporting good-paying jobs that strengthen and grow our economy. Buy union: for your loved ones, for your community, for your country.

We’ve put together a guide below to show you some of the wide variety of union-made gifts you can buy your loved ones this holiday season. For more ideas, visit Labor411.org, the nation’s No. 1 guide to goods and services manufactured or provided by companies whose workers belong to unions. You can also sign up to receive text messages about union made products by texting MADE to 235246.

 

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A Thanksgiving Message from Acting President Rory Gamble https://uaw.org/thanksgiving-message-acting-president-rory-gamble/ Wed, 27 Nov 2019 21:01:50 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=26975 Greetings UAW brothers and sisters, As we prepare to enjoy this Thanksgiving holiday, I’d like to take a moment on behalf of the President’s Office and the International Executive Board to wish all our UAW family members a happy and safe Thanksgiving spent with the people you love. This is always a special time of

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Greetings UAW brothers and sisters,

As we prepare to enjoy this Thanksgiving holiday, I’d like to take a moment on behalf of the President’s Office and the International Executive Board to wish all our UAW family members a happy and safe Thanksgiving spent with the people you love. This is always a special time of the year — a time to be thankful for what we have and a time to share with others as so many of you do.

We are in the final stretch of this Big 3 bargaining season with only FCA still at the table. These 2019 negotiations have truly been historic. We were reminded of the solidarity and strength of our membership during the longest automotive strike in 50 years. Our GM brothers and sisters stood strong on picket lines across this country in heat, rain and cold and toughed it out on strike pay. And tragically, a couple of our GM brothers and sisters lost their lives out on the line. I’d like to remember them here: They stood as you all did for the American worker. They marched for all of us. Our prayers go out to their family and friends. Additionally, I’d like to acknowledge the outpouring of support for our strikers from communities and fellow union brothers and sisters across this country. America’s people had our backs in this just cause.

Likewise, I am always proud to say that we had America’s back by way of the countless hours that our union brothers and sisters contribute every year to their communities through good works. UAW members build wheelchair ramps, participate in clothing, food, and sleeping bag drives. We support women’s shelters, school districts and many, many more projects, too numerous to list here. Know as you sit down to that turkey and stuffing, that your hard work and good will makes a difference for so many.

Thank you brothers and sisters and all the best to you and yours this holiday season.

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UAW joins local leaders to discuss future of EVs https://uaw.org/uaw-joins-local-leaders-discuss-future-evs/ Tue, 26 Nov 2019 20:52:03 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=26978 Electric vehicles are expected to be at least half of the U.S. vehicle market by 2040. But different sectors of the transportation sector, including the UAW, need to come together for that to happen. Members of the labor, environmental, auto manufacturing and political sectors held a roundtable at IBEW Local 58 on November 25 discussing

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Center, UAW-Ford Department Research Analyst-Futurist Jeff Faber

Electric vehicles are expected to be at least half of the U.S. vehicle market by 2040. But different sectors of the transportation sector, including the UAW, need to come together for that to happen. Members of the labor, environmental, auto manufacturing and political sectors held a roundtable at IBEW Local 58 on November 25 discussing the future of EVs and the role of Michigan groups and industries in making them affordable and convenient for consumers.The event, convened by the labor-environmental advocacy group BlueGreen Alliance with U.S.

Representative Debbie Dingell, included representatives from environmental organizations including the Sierra Club and the National Resources Defense Council, and the UAW-Ford Department, United Steelworkers and the IBEW.

U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell

Almost 30% of carbon emissions in the U.S. are created by the transportation industry, said Rep. Dingell. To reduce reliance on fossil fuels “we have to create financial incentives for consumers to buy EVs and industry has to build an infrastructure of charging stations to support them,” she told panelists. “We need to work together.” 

Panelists said some of the challenges to increased market share for EVs include a lack of education about EVs and how they work, national safety standards on charging station installation, an insufficient number charging stations, the high cost of retrofitting homes with charging stations, a lack of awareness about financial incentives to offset the cost of purchasing an EV, and the political strength of the fossil fuel industry.

“We worked hard in recent negotiations to secure good paying jobs for Ford workers (making internal combustion engine vehicles). We need to do more to secure EV production jobs of the future,” said panelist and UAW-Ford Department Research Analyst-Futurist Jeff Faber.

All agreed the roundtable was a good step in bringing key industries together to increase EV production and consumer acceptance. More collaboration down the road is planned.

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Re: Negotiations Update https://uaw.org/re-negotiations-update/ Mon, 25 Nov 2019 15:25:25 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=26973 Greetings: Since our Brothers and Sisters at Ford ratified their National Agreement, your National Negotiating Team has intensified our discussions with FCA. While we have had a few outside distractions since then, your negotiators have remained focused on resolving all your outstanding demands. The National Parties have negotiated every day, and long hours since then.

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Greetings:

Since our Brothers and Sisters at Ford ratified their National Agreement, your National Negotiating Team has intensified our discussions with FCA. While we have had a few outside distractions since then, your negotiators have remained focused on resolving all your outstanding demands.

The National Parties have negotiated every day, and long hours since then. Much progress has been made but we still have some difficult issues to resolve. Your negotiators are committed to bargaining a pattern agreement that meets the needs of the membership and provides long term job security.

As a reminder, we previously negotiated an agreement with the company that Thanksgiving Day and the Friday after will be paid holidays under our extension agreement. As developments in the talks take place, we will update you at that time.

In solidarity,

Cindy Estrada
Vice President and Director UAW FCA Department

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Statement on GM Lawsuit with FCA https://uaw.org/statement-gm-lawsuit-fca/ Wed, 20 Nov 2019 17:59:05 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=26930 “The UAW is focused on continuing to implement ethics reforms and greater financial controls to make sure the misconduct which has been uncovered will never happen again. Mr. Iacobelli worked for both FCA and General Motors, and he is currently in prison for his crimes, which include the misuse of Joint Program funds. As to

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“The UAW is focused on continuing to implement ethics reforms and greater financial controls to make sure the misconduct which has been uncovered will never happen again. Mr. Iacobelli worked for both FCA and General Motors, and he is currently in prison for his crimes, which include the misuse of Joint Program funds. As to the collective bargaining agreements negotiated with FCA while Iacobelli was an FCA manager, we are confident that the terms of those contracts were not affected by Iacobelli’s misconduct, nor that of any UAW officials involved in the misuse of Joint Program funds at FCA. Those contracts, which were ultimately ratified by our membership, were negotiated with the involvement of both local and international representatives and the process had multiple layers of checks and balances to ensure their integrity.

That said, the fact that these issues can cause doubt about the contracts is regrettable. The UAW leadership is absolutely committed to making whatever changes are necessary to ensure on our end the misconduct that has been uncovered will never happen again.”

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UAW General Dynamics Workers Ratify Contract https://uaw.org/uaw-general-dynamics-workers-ratify-contract/ Sun, 17 Nov 2019 00:33:46 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=26920 UAW members at General Dynamics Land Systems Corporation ratified a new four-year agreement on Saturday, November 16, 2019, with 58% voting in favor of the contract. “Our membership’s approval of this agreement solidifies the quality work and pride they have in designing and building vehicles and equipment that provide daily safety for our nation’s military,”

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UAW members at General Dynamics Land Systems Corporation ratified a new four-year agreement on Saturday, November 16, 2019, with 58% voting in favor of the contract.

“Our membership’s approval of this agreement solidifies the quality work and pride they have in designing and building vehicles and equipment that provide daily safety for our nation’s military,” said  UAW Secretary-Treasurer Ray Curry, director of the UAW General Dynamics Department.

Key gains from the contract include protecting job security, wages, and benefits. General Dynamics is the fifth-largest defense contractor in the United States and has UAW members at manufacturing plants in Lima, OH; Scranton, PA; and Sterling Heights, MI.

UAW members make military vehicles including tanks and light armored vehicles.

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UAW Ford Members Ratify Contract https://uaw.org/uaw-ford-members-ratify-contract/ Sat, 16 Nov 2019 02:19:00 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=26915 UAW Ford members ratified the 2019 Collective Bargaining Agreement by 56.3% the UAW announced this evening. “Every Ford employee and temporary employee will be at the top-rate for full-time status at the end of this four-year agreement,” said Acting UAW President Rory Gamble, who is Director of the UAW Ford Department. “This is a life-changing

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UAW Ford members ratified the 2019 Collective Bargaining Agreement by 56.3% the UAW announced this evening.

“Every Ford employee and temporary employee will be at the top-rate for full-time status at the end of this four-year agreement,” said Acting UAW President Rory Gamble, who is Director of the UAW Ford Department. “This is a life-changing contract for many and provides a template for all future Ford UAW members to a full-time, top-rate status. There will be no more permanent temporary situations and no more permanent tiers.”

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

“I want to thank the Ford National Negotiating team and the many UAW staff and members who stood together and crafted a strong contract for both today’s members and future members,” said Gamble. “Ford’s commitment to job security and assembly in the United States is a model for American manufacturers.” Ford Motor Company has more UAW members than any other automaker in the U.S.

The UAW will proceed to pattern bargaining with FCA on Monday.

 

 

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Detroit Axle Ratifies Agreement https://uaw.org/detroit-axle-ratifies-agreement/ Sat, 16 Nov 2019 02:18:27 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=26917 UAW Local 163 members at Detroit Axle ratified their new five-year agreement with 87% of the membership voting in favor of ratification on Friday evening.  This new agreement secures the assignment of the Axle to the UAW Detroit Axle Bargaining Unit if Daimler brings the work to the Detroit Campus. The Axle is a critical

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UAW Local 163 members at Detroit Axle ratified their new five-year agreement with 87% of the membership voting in favor of ratification on Friday evening.  This new agreement secures the assignment of the Axle to the UAW Detroit Axle Bargaining Unit if Daimler brings the work to the Detroit Campus. The Axle is a critical component in Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) electric trucks.

“This agreement recognizes the invaluable contribution our UAW members make, every day, to this company,” said UAW Secretary-Treasurer Ray Curry. “With this strong agreement in place, we now look to a bright future.”

This agreement reduces the time that current members are able to reach max rate by four years.  Each member will receive at minimum a $2 wage increase in January and a ratification bonus totaling $4,000, which will be paid in two installments:  $3,000 paid in December and $1,000 paid in January.  The agreement also provides members with Personal Time Off and a Company Match on 401k contributions starting in 2022.

Chuck Browning, UAW director of Region 1A, emphasized the significance of today’s vote. “This is clear recognition of what we’ve built here in Detroit over generations and the future of this American manufacturer in tomorrow’s economy. Our members have been the backbone of this company’s success.”

Local 163 President Ralph Morris Jr. added. “This agreement continues and solidifies the over 80-year standing tradition of building one of the world’s most recognized Powertrain brands in Detroit at the Detroit Campus and enables the plant to transition to future electric components. The accomplishments made during these set of negotiations are a testament to the commitment that the membership makes every day to produce axles, transmissions, and gear sets with world class quality.”

Local 163 Shop Chairman Justin Thompson added, “We have a strong hardworking membership, that deserves good wages and benefits.  I think we achieved that in this agreement.”

 

 

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Message to Members from Rory Gamble on Reforms https://uaw.org/message-members-rory-gamble-reforms/ Fri, 15 Nov 2019 19:52:45 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=26896 To UAW Members: I would first like to thank you for what you have done for this union. We are only as strong as our members, and I am so humbled to represent you. We have a big task ahead of us, but I am confident that we will succeed.   In my first message,

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To UAW Members:
I would first like to thank you for what you have done for this union. We are only as strong as our members, and I am so humbled to represent you. We have a big task ahead of us, but I am confident that we will succeed.

 

In my first message, I said that I would communicate with you and keep you updated on major initiatives. The International Executive Board entrusted me to take this union forward and address the misconduct that has come to light, and I take that charge very seriously. I know you do, too. Our members are the backbone of this institution, and I want you to know that I value each and every one of you and I need your help to take this union forward.

 

In my first week as Acting President, I said that I would move swiftly to enact reforms that would strengthen this union and our resolve to move forward with a commitment to ethical reforms, transparency, and accountability. And with the support of the International Executive Board, I’ve done just that. So, let me outline our first reforms and actions on behalf of this union, our members and our staff.

 

I do this on behalf of all of our members and I say this here: I need your help and support. And I welcome your feedback.
Here are our initial reforms:

 

  1. Establishment of a UAW Ethics OfficerThe establishment of an Ethics Officer who will not be an employee of the International Union, but rather an external position to investigate allegations, complaints or matters referred to them by the Ethics Ombudsman or IEB. To that end, we are beginning a national search for an Ethics Officer immediately.
  2. Establishment of an Ethics Ombudsman The establishment of an Ethics Ombudsman to receive, review and respond to ethics complaints and allegations.
  3. Establishment of an Ethics HotlineThe UAW will set up an Ethics Hotline to encourage those who may have concerns about or want to bring attention to potential ethics violations. The hotline will provide members and employees the ability to anonymously and confidentially submit allegations or complaints about potential violations of the UAW’s Ethical Code and other relevant policies.
  4. Policy for Recovery of Misuse of FundsThe introduction of a new policy that will enhance enforcement against those who have been found guilty of misusing funds and our commitment to seek recovery of all misused or misappropriated funds.
  5. Accounting PolicyThe implementation of stringent monetary controls that increase oversight by the UAW Accounting Department over the finances of our union.
  6. Charitable ContributionsThe banning of all charitable contributions from UAW joint program centers, vendors, or employers to any charities run or controlled by UAW officials.
  7. Joint ProgramsThe enactment of accountability measures to the Joint Programs, including that purchases of promotional items using joint program funds have been permanently banned and all expenditures will be controlled, monitored, and regularly audited by independent public accounting firms.
In regards to Cabin Four at Black Lake:

We intend to sell Cabin Four at Black Lake. Cabin Four and its related property at the UAW’s Walter and May Reuther Family Education Center will be put up for sale.

I would like to add that this is just the beginning, but it’s a beginning that I hope will set us on the right path for the future. I look forward to working with you in the months to come.

In solidarity,
Acting President Rory Gamble

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

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New Ethics Reforms Will Include Stringent Monetary Controls

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

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

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

New UAW Ethics Reforms Include: 

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

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

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

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Remembering and honoring our Veterans

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

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

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

Thank you, veterans, for your service.

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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Brothers and Sisters,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for the opportunity to be your Acting President.

Rory Gamble
Acting President, UAW International Union

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

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Strike nets fair pay, benefits and job security protections

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read more on nytimes.com >>>

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

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

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

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

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

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

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UAW Reached Tentative Agreement with Mack Trucks
Strike Ends with Gains

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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