UAW https://uaw.org International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America Tue, 27 Oct 2020 14:14:48 +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 Don’t stop at the Top: Your choices up and down the ballot make government work https://uaw.org/dont-stop-top-choices-ballot-make-government-work/ Tue, 27 Oct 2020 14:14:48 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=29726 Since its inception, since we got here as a nation, America has been about the right to allow its citizens to pick and choose our best and most qualified people for public office. We took a while to get here. We started out with some states allowing only white male adult property owners to vote,

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Since its inception, since we got here as a nation, America has been about the right to allow its citizens to pick and choose our best and most qualified people for public office. We took a while to get here. We started out with some states allowing only white male adult property owners to vote, with non-whites and women and non-property owners on the outside looking in.

The fact is, we fought and died to figure this out, and here in 2020 we still have some sorting out on the details to go, but the idea of government for the people by the people is coming up on 300 years and that concept … that democracy … is undeniably one of the world’s greatest achievements. We wanted our voices to be heard and our national decisions to be made as a collective body — we wanted the personal freedom to choose. From the start, from the businessmen and merchants in the new cities, to the farmers in developing rural areas, ‘We the People’ select delegates who represent our causes, concerns and needs in our individual areas of the country. On November 3, we the people will pick who will speak for us, from president to city clerk.

Make it all count

The focus of the upcoming November General Election is zeroed in on who will become our next president. Of course. But there are so many other essential decisions that need to be made in this election. Decisions that will affect our work, and our financial and personal lives at the local, regional and state level.  Decisions that must be made by us: the folks who understand the uniqueness of our regions, brothers and sisters who work closely with people in our communities, and who may someday become the person who is chosen to lead this nation.

We must all understand the candidates in our states and districts and know where they stand on issues that impact our lives. And then, make our selections up and down the ticket based on their records. We must look to the ballot not only as a way to select the nation’s leader, but all of the individuals representing us, knowing us, and standing beside us in our workplace and communities.

This November 3, don’t just vote for the top of the ticket. Vote up and down the ticket.

Here are a few reasons why:

So much of our lives is decided by federal, state and local courts. According to Ballotpedia, 35 states are holding state supreme court elections in 2020. In total, 78 of the nation’s 344 state supreme court seats are up for election. Thirty states are holding intermediate appellate court elections. There are 200 seats on intermediate appellate courts up for election.

Just as who we choose as President of our nation will impact our daily lives, the people we put in judicial seats will be making crucial decisions on every level with far-reaching effects.

And then there are Congressional and state representatives and senators. A total of 470 seats in the U.S. Congress (35 Senate seats and all 435 House seats) are up for election on November 3, including two special elections for the U.S. Senate.

Not to mention your local offices like commissioners, trustees and school boards in your community. These are the people who live and work in your cities and towns. They are your neighbors and they will have a say in your lives.

The further down the ballot you vote, the more you’ll see how your voice can impact day-to-day decisions. Everything from road repairs to police budgets to school curriculums. The farther down the ballot you go, the closer to home you get. You are selecting officials who are also more accessible, who know your community, and can get things done.

And it is easy to vote. Much easier and much more accessible than in 1776. This year, you have many options. You can vote by mail, absentee ballot, or in person. If you are not sure if you’re registered to vote, it’s so simple to check. Just go to I will vote and click on Check If I’m Registered to Vote. Follow the prompts and you’ll either be able to confirm your registration or register to vote. Polling places and mail-in drop boxes are also available on this site.

But whatever you do — be informed, and VOTE!

Make your voice heard from every corner of this great country of ours.

I thank you.

In Solidarity,
Rory L. Gamble

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Statement on the Confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett To the United States Supreme Court; Call on Her To Recuse Herself on Pending Political Issues https://uaw.org/statement-confirmation-amy-coney-barrett-united-states-supreme-court-call-recuse-pending-political-issues/ Tue, 27 Oct 2020 00:27:29 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=29739 Detroit – “UAW members don’t ask for a lot from their government and their courts and what they do ask is pretty reasonable. They wake up each day, go to work, and ask for a government that protects their health and welfare, their right to decent wages and benefits, and their rights to collectively bargain

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Detroit – “UAW members don’t ask for a lot from their government and their courts and what they do ask is pretty reasonable. They wake up each day, go to work, and ask for a government that protects their health and welfare, their right to decent wages and benefits, and their rights to collectively bargain a contract.

That is why we have watched with alarm as the United States Senate ignored Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s last fervent wish that her replacement not become part of partisan politics. We have seen the leadership in the U.S. Senate alter precedent to rush through this Court appointment. And that is the reason that this confirmation is clouded by the partisanship of this national election. This is a sad day for our country and our democracy.

We have seen the power of the court in recent decisions that have negatively impacted accessibility to health care, retirement security and the right to collectively bargain.

In the coming days, the Court will rule on issues Americans are voting on right now — the future of our health care; the future of labor rights; and in fact the very national election that is taking place. For UAW members, the timing of this appointment during a national election, is coupled forever with the pending political issues before the Court.

More than 61 million Americans have already cast their ballot and their voices and millions of other Americans who will vote will not be heard in this decision.

That is why, on behalf of UAW members, we ask that Amy Coney Barrett recuse herself from hearing cases on the November election and the scheduled hearing on the ACA in November. We owe it to the UAW men and women who work hard every day to know that their Supreme Court is free from the taint of politics.

Only Justice Barrett can recuse herself. But doing so will restore the honor and impartiality of our Court. She has a lifetime appointment going forward to rule without a cloud over her decisions. But on any pending election issues and the subsequent political storm that played into her appointment, a grateful nation would know that the moral and ethical Court outcomes are not forever tarnishing the United States Supreme Court with the ugly stain of partisan politics.”

 

 

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NNPA BLACKPRESS – November 3: So much at stake in this election https://uaw.org/nnpa-blackpress-november-3-much-stake-election/ Sat, 24 Oct 2020 21:19:37 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=29733 By Ray Curry Vote! I cannot say it any simpler or say it enough. Vote to restore government for the people, by the people; vote to preserve our threatened middle class; vote for America’s workers by voting for an America that works; vote up and down the ballot and vote union blue. Sisters and brothers,

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Secretary-Treasurer Ray Curry

By Ray Curry

Vote! I cannot say it any simpler or say it enough.

Vote to restore government for the people, by the people; vote to preserve our threatened middle class; vote for America’s workers by voting for an America that works; vote up and down the ballot and vote union blue.

Sisters and brothers, I have to say that never before has there been so much at stake for the American people than in this election. From constitutional court decisions affecting human, civil and worker rights, to the ability to safely exercise our right to vote … all are on the line.  Our current way of life, fought for and worked for over so many decades, is being threatened…

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Join the Political Action Workshop tonight with UAW President Rory Gamble, Michigan LT. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II https://uaw.org/join-political-action-workshop-tonight-uaw-president-rory-gamble-michigan-lt-governor-garlin-gilchrist-ii/ Thu, 22 Oct 2020 16:54:23 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=29719 Join us tonight via Zoom, from 7:00 PM – 7:30 PM for a political action workshop with UAW President Rory Gamble, Michigan LT. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II, Michael Joseph and Frank Woods. Ask questions live, here: https://www.cbtudm.org/cbtu-detroit-paw-questionsfor-lt-gov-garlin-gilchrestand-uaw-president-rorygamble-10-22-20-7-pm/ Zoom Meeting October 22, 7 PM – 7:30 PM EDT Passcode: govuaw

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Join us tonight via Zoom, from 7:00 PM – 7:30 PM for a political action workshop with UAW President Rory Gamble, Michigan LT. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II, Michael Joseph and Frank Woods.

Ask questions live, here: https://www.cbtudm.org/cbtu-detroit-paw-questionsfor-lt-gov-garlin-gilchrestand-uaw-president-rorygamble-10-22-20-7-pm/

Zoom Meeting

October 22, 7 PM – 7:30 PM EDT
Passcode: govuaw

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The Fall 2020 Edition of Solidarity Magazine is now online! https://uaw.org/solidarity_magazine/fall-2020/ Wed, 21 Oct 2020 19:41:46 +0000 https://uaw.org/?post_type=solidarity_magazine&p=29709  

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The Fall 2020 edition of Solidarity magazine is now online!

The Fall 2020 edition of Solidarity magazine, a special election issue, breaks down exactly why working families need Joe Biden in the White House.

A biographical story on Kamala Harris, Biden’s pick for running mate.

A story on key Senate races. The presidential race gets a lot of the attention but having a Senate that can work with a Biden administration will be critical to get the country moving again.

A story explaining how Biden helped rescue the auto industry during the Great Recession.

Local 5960 President Gerald Lang participated in a town hall with Joe Biden during the Democratic National Convention.

Other news:

Wayne Blanchard, a longtime Toledo, Ohio, UAW activist, was elected to lead UAW Region 2B, which includes Ohio and Indiana.

Local 2209 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, is serious about making sure our fallen heroes and always remembered. By donating $100,000 to the Veterans National Memorial and Shrine.

Also, in this issue, the 2021 UAW Union-Built Vehicle Guide is ready – just in time for your holiday shopping!

And much more!

 

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Your UAW MI Endorsed Candidates https://uaw.org/your-uaw-mi-endorsed-candidates/ Wed, 21 Oct 2020 18:04:42 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=29654 The post Your UAW MI Endorsed Candidates appeared first on UAW.

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Statement by UAW Vice President Terry Dittes Director of the UAW GM Department on GM Investment Announcement at Spring Hill, Lansing Delta and Other Locations https://uaw.org/statement-uaw-vice-president-terry-dittes-director-uaw-gm-department-gm-investment-announcement-spring-hill-lansing-delta-locations/ Tue, 20 Oct 2020 15:22:14 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=29649 DETROIT – The future unveiled by General Motors today is a commitment to UAW members’ future work based on their skill, sweat and craftsmanship. And we are excited about building next generation vehicles like the EV Cadillac Lyriq and new generation Acadia at UAW Local 1853 and UAW Local 602 respectively. Spring Hill will undergo

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DETROIT – The future unveiled by General Motors today is a commitment to UAW members’ future work based on their skill, sweat and craftsmanship. And we are excited about building next generation vehicles like the EV Cadillac Lyriq and new generation Acadia at UAW Local 1853 and UAW Local 602 respectively.

Spring Hill will undergo major equipment upgrades including modification of the Paint and Body facilities in preparation for these next generation vehicles as the Acadia moves up to Lansing Delta Township.

These ongoing discussions are part of our collective bargaining process during the 2019 contract negotiations and we will continue to work with GM to invest in good paying jobs right here in the U.S.

And UAW members are committed to making GM’s investment in these new vehicles continued top sellers and best in class next generation electric vehicles.”

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UAW President Rory L. Gamble helps launch “Day of Giving” for Detroit Goodfellows on WJR https://uaw.org/uaw-president-rory-l-gamble-helps-launch-day-giving-detroit-goodfellows-wjr/ Mon, 19 Oct 2020 20:17:24 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=29639 UAW President Rory L. Gamble helped launch “Day of Giving” for Detroit’s original and only Goodfellows Organization on the WJR Paul W. Smith show on Friday. The show was devoted to discussing and supporting the important work of the Detroit Goodfellows.

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UAW President Rory L. Gamble helped launch “Day of Giving” for Detroit’s original and only Goodfellows Organization on the WJR Paul W. Smith show on Friday. The show was devoted to discussing and supporting the important work of the Detroit Goodfellows.

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UAW President Rory L. Gamble helps launch “Day of Giving” offers opportunity to learn more about Detroit’s original and only Goodfellows Organization and support its mission – Friday, October 16 https://uaw.org/uaw-president-rory-l-gamble-helps-launch-day-giving-offers-opportunity-learn-detroits-original-goodfellows-organization-support-mission/ Thu, 15 Oct 2020 16:55:53 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=29631 The WJR Cares event, sponsored by the DTE Energy Foundation, will feature Detroit Goodfellows with a roundtable discussion on “The Paul W. Smith Show” and other interviews throughout the day DETROIT, October 15, 2020 – The Old Newsboys’ Goodfellow Fund of Detroit will be featured for a special Day of Giving during the all-day, on-air

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The WJR Cares event, sponsored by the DTE Energy Foundation, will feature Detroit Goodfellows with a roundtable discussion on “The Paul W. Smith Show” and other interviews throughout the day

DETROIT, October 15, 2020 – The Old Newsboys’ Goodfellow Fund of Detroit will be featured for a special Day of Giving during the all-day, on-air WJR Cares event, sponsored by the DTE Energy Foundation, this Friday, Oct. 16. WJR News Talk 760 will host a roundtable and interviews throughout the day with people related to the Detroit Goodfellows organization, including former Goodfellow package recipients and long-term supporters.

“We are honored to be featured for WJR Cares and appreciate the support of WJR and DTE Energy Foundation for this opportunity to help us continue to deliver our mission of ‘No Kiddie without a Christmas’ to the children of Detroit and other communities we serve,” said Daran Carey, president, Detroit Goodfellows. “Through the featured interviews, we hope more people learn about our organization, the work we do, and ways they can help.”

The day will start with “The Paul W. Smith Show” interviewing president of Detroit Goodfellows, Daran Carey early in the show in the 6 a.m. hour, followed by a virtual roundtable discussion at 8 a.m. including previous Tribute Breakfast honorees: City of Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan; Christopher Ilitch, president and CEO of Ilitch Holdings, Inc. and chairman of Ilitch Charities; and Gerry Anderson, former chairman and CEO of DTE Energy; along with Rory Gamble, UAW president. Paul W. Smith was last year’s honoree and recipient of the Edward H. McNamara Goodfellow of the Year Award and will retain the role
this year as the Breakfast will not take place. The roundtable will also air live on WJR’s Facebook @wjrradio.

Later in the morning during “The Frank Beckmann Show,” Detroit School of Arts freshman student King Bethel (the star of the video on Detroit Goodfellows’ web site) will be interviewed. In the afternoon, “The Guy Gordon Show” will talk to the President of the DTE Energy Foundation, Lynette Dowler. Culminating the day, former Detroit Mayor and past Tribute Breakfast honoree, Dennis Archer, will share his thoughts and experiences with the organization on “The Mitch Albom Show.”

WJR is a longtime supporter of Detroit Goodfellows and its annual Tribute Breakfast, typically held each fall in downtown Detroit as its major fundraising event with leaders of Detroit’s political and business community attending. WJR News Talks 760 broadcasts “The Paul W. Smith Show” live from the
event. Last year’s event was the 30th anniversary.

The Edward H. McNamara Award is a prestigious honor presented to distinguished and noteworthy individuals who have significantly contributed to the community.

The Detroit Goodfellows is looking forward to a return of its in-person Tribute Breakfast XXXI in 2021.

The Detroit Goodfellows’ 2020 fundraising goal of $1 million, will help provide 30,000 holiday gift packages containing sweatpants, sweatshirts, socks, underwear, winter hats and gloves, a dental kit, toys, books, games, school supplies and more for needy children in Detroit, Highland Park, Harper Woods, River Rouge, Hamtramck and Ecorse.

Additionally, girls ages four through nine receive a hand-dressed doll created by a community volunteer of the doll dresser program which was created in 1924.

Families that wish to sign up for the Detroit Goodfellows Christmas gift package program for this year can do so at www.detroitgoodfellows.org through Oct. 30.

Founded in 1914, the Detroit Goodfellows is the original and oldest Goodfellows organization and is not affiliated with any other Goodfellow group. It also sponsors a dental program for children through University of Detroit Mercy Dental School, awards scholarships through Wayne State University, provides
free shoes to children in need and helps send hundreds of needy children to camp each summer.

The Detroit Goodfellows holds a four–star rating from Charity Navigator. As America’s premiere charity evaluator, Charity Navigator provides donors with information to give them confidence in their charitable choices. The four–star rating is the highest rating given by Charity Navigator. To view the Detroit Goodfellows Charity Navigator listing, please visit www.charitynavigator.org and search under Old Newsboys Goodfellow Fund of Detroit.

Tax-deductible donations may be sent to: The Old Newsboys’ Goodfellow Fund of Detroit, P.O. Box
44444, Detroit, MI 48244-0444. Donations may also be made using the organization’s secure website:
www.detroitgoodfellows.org.

For more information about the Detroit Goodfellows organization, please contact executive director Sari Klok-Schneider at (586) 775-6139 or sarigoodfellows@gmail.com, visit www.detroitgoodfellows.org or follow on Facebook at Facebook.com/DetroitGoodfellows, Twitter at @DetGoodfellows, Instagram at DetroitGoodfellows and LinkedIn at Old Newsboys Goodfellow Fund of Detroit.

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President Trump’s October 6th announcement on addressing the COVD-19 Pandemic https://uaw.org/president-trumps-october-6th-announcement-addressing-covd-19-pandemic/ Wed, 14 Oct 2020 21:19:55 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=29629 On October 6th, after returning to the White House from Walter Reed Medical Center, President Donald Trump abruptly ended negotiations on a comprehensive response to the ongoing pandemic that has killed over 216,000 and infected over 7.8 million Americans. Nine months into the COVID-19 pandemic, we are nowhere near getting it under control: Cases are

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On October 6th, after returning to the White House from Walter Reed Medical Center, President Donald Trump abruptly ended negotiations on a comprehensive response to the ongoing pandemic that has killed over 216,000 and infected over 7.8 million Americans.

Nine months into the COVID-19 pandemic, we are nowhere near getting it under control:

  • Cases are rising in 39 states, and nine states in the Midwest have set seven-day records for infections.
  • According to the Department of Labor, 28 million workers are on unemployment benefits or are waiting to see if they get benefits, and over the next two months nearly 5 million people will approach permanent joblessness.
  • Between February and June 2020, 15 million working people lost employment-based health coverage, according to the Commonwealth Fund.

He made this announcement even though earlier in the day, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell had stated that a large swath of the country needs stimulus, and fast. Chairman Powell warned of a weak U.S. recovery without sufficient government aid and said there is “little chance of overdoing” a fiscal response to the current crisis that still has millions of people unemployed and poor prospects for the future. Chairman Powell was nominated by President Trump to lead the Federal Reserve.

Since then, the Administration has sent mixed signals and said they were willing to sign into law drastically scaled back legislation.

Abandoning comprehensive legislation puts the economic and health needs of Americans in greater jeopardy.

  • People who lost their jobs because of the pandemic are not receiving $600 in unemployment insurance (UI) because the federal pandemic UI benefit expired in July.
  • People struggling to make ends meet are not receiving enhanced subsidies for housing and food assistance.
  • Failure to pass comprehensive legislation leaves our country without a national coordinated response in fighting the virus and without tens of billions of dollars for testing and care.
  • It also means we will not see greater use of the Defense Production Act to ensure we have the supplies we need and ensure that states are not bidding against each other and the federal government to acquire them under less than optimal circumstances.
  • Workers will remain without a much-needed Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standard for safe workplaces and will continue to be exposed to risks in the workplace without being justly compensated with hazard pay.
  • Displaced workers will continue to have great difficulty receiving COBRA subsidies to pay for healthcare.
  • State and local governments whose budgets are severely straining under the weight of this daily battle and shrinking revenue base will be forced to cut services and/or raise taxes. State and local governments in red states and blue states alike are facing severe budget shortfalls.

Back in May the House passed comprehensive legislation through the $3.2 trillion Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act (H.R. 6800) that addresses all of these urgent issues and more. The Senate has refused to take up the legislation. In an effort to restart negotiations, on October 1st, the House passed The HEROES Act 2.0, a $2.2 trillion COVID relief bill. Speaker Nancy Pelosi advanced this new bill in the hopes that it would bring the White House  and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell back to the negotiating table to pass a package aimed at helping workers, businesses, schools and communities who have been devastated by the pandemic. So far they have not.

 

Strong and decisive measures are needed to create a pathway for a speedy, equitable and sustained economic recovery. A scaled back approach will not be enough to restore our economy or our health.

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blackpressusa OP-ED: The United States Postal Service Delivers Much More Than Mail https://uaw.org/blackpressusa-op-ed-united-states-postal-service-delivers-much-mail/ Sun, 11 Oct 2020 13:02:13 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=29611 By Ray Curry, Secretary-Treasurer, UAW America’s Postal service has been an essential institution that has connected every one of us as Americans even before we were a nation independent of Great Britain. The most American of traditions Benjamin Franklin was appointed our first Postmaster General in 1775.  This democratic treasure, which has proven as reliable

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Secretary-Treasurer Ray Curry

By Ray Curry, Secretary-Treasurer, UAW

America’s Postal service has been an essential institution that has connected every one of us as Americans even before we were a nation independent of Great Britain.

The most American of traditions
Benjamin Franklin was appointed our first Postmaster General in 1775.  This democratic treasure, which has proven as reliable as it has self-sufficient, was a model for how government service should work. Its rich history is America’s history of adaptability, ingenuity and grit…

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UAW President Rory L. Gamble Applauds Law Enforcement for Breaking Up Plot Against Michigan Governance https://uaw.org/uaw-president-rory-l-gamble-applauds-law-enforcement-breaking-plot-michigan-governance/ Fri, 09 Oct 2020 20:41:19 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=29626 Detroit – “UAW members are grateful to law enforcement authorities for putting aside in this very divisive time any partisan differences and breaking up perhaps the most direct threat to our U.S. democracy since the murder of President Abraham Lincoln and conspiracy against the U.S. Government. And we are thankful for the health and safety

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Detroit – “UAW members are grateful to law enforcement authorities for putting aside in this very divisive time any partisan differences and breaking up perhaps the most direct threat to our U.S. democracy since the murder of President Abraham Lincoln and conspiracy against the U.S. Government. And we are thankful for the health and safety of all those who were targeted in this incident.

The FBI, many local police authorities, both Michigan U.S. Attorneys Andrew Birge and Matthew Schneider and Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel worked together to uncover a very real plot to destabilize the government in Michigan and to stoke extremist civil war in our country. In addition to saving the lives of targeted police officers, Michigan’s Governor Gretchen Whitmer and possibly Michigan legislators, these heroes saved our democracy from what is essentially an extremist coup and protected those who serve that democracy.

We are so proud of our men and women in blue, who bravely go to work every day to keep us all safe. The UAW represents many police officers and they are truly unsung heroes, who have been on the front lines of this pandemic as they are always on the front lines when our nation and our communities are in need.

At the UAW, we understand that this pandemic has frustrated all of us. But there is no greater liberty than the lives we all protect through our shared responsibility to each other. We must remind ourselves that sacrifices due to COVID-19 protocols are a temporary inconvenience that protects us all from this dangerous pandemic. COVID is the foe — not each other.”

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National Pre-Debate Event: All in For Joe and Kamala https://uaw.org/national-pre-debate-event-joe-kamala/ Wed, 07 Oct 2020 15:09:48 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=29616 Just before Senator Kamala Harris takes the stage on Wednesday, join us for an exciting pre-debate event with special guests Mindy Kaling, Padma Lakshmi, Andra Day, DJ Cassidy, Maya and Meena Harris, Finnegan Biden, Senator Harris’ Chief of Staff Karine Jean-Pierre, and more! We will discuss the historic nature of this debate and share what

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Just before Senator Kamala Harris takes the stage on Wednesday, join us for an exciting pre-debate event with special guests Mindy Kaling, Padma Lakshmi, Andra Day, DJ Cassidy, Maya and Meena Harris, Finnegan Biden, Senator Harris’ Chief of Staff Karine Jean-Pierre, and more! We will discuss the historic nature of this debate and share what you can do over the next four weeks to ensure that we send Joe and Kamala to the White House.

Sign up today to join us!

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UAW Statement on the positive tests of the President, First Lady and staff https://uaw.org/uaw-statement-positive-tests-president-first-lady-staff/ Fri, 02 Oct 2020 15:04:38 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=29614 Detroit — Our thoughts and prayers are with the President, First Lady and White House staff for a quick recovery from COVID-19. UAW members know all too well the danger of this pandemic and we pray for the health and recovery of all who are infected, exposed or caring for family members. Today’s news is

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Detroit — Our thoughts and prayers are with the President, First Lady and White House staff for a quick recovery from COVID-19. UAW members know all too well the danger of this pandemic and we pray for the health and recovery of all who are infected, exposed or caring for family members.

Today’s news is a shocking reminder to all UAW members that this pandemic does not discriminate and we are all at risk. Please continue to follow all protocols including wearing masks, washing hands, sanitizing, limiting public exposures and continuing to self-report and quarantine when we experience symptoms or are exposed to someone testing positive.

The one common denominator for all of us, is that we are dependent on each other’s vigilance and commitment to protocols to limit exposure and contain this deadly disease.

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How is Labor Faring? https://uaw.org/how-is-labor-faring/ Wed, 30 Sep 2020 13:54:22 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=29598 The 2020 Presidential Election is just weeks away. Never has your vote been more important. Why? Because the progress unions have made over the last decades to build a strong middle class and enable working people to retire in dignity is systematically being whittled away. Let’s take a hard look at how the working men

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The 2020 Presidential Election is just weeks away. Never has your vote been more important. Why? Because the progress unions have made over the last decades to build a strong middle class and enable working people to retire in dignity is systematically being whittled away. Let’s take a hard look at how the working men and women of the United States have fared in the last few years.

UNION ELECTIONS — Harder than ever

Over the past four years, a series of decisions by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has systematically diminished the ability of unions to hold elections. The majority of board members are corporate lawyers who have dedicated their careers to fighting against workers’ rights.

Since the 2016 election, there have been several devastating anti-labor appointees to the NLRB, the government agency that enforces labor law as it relates to collective bargaining and unfair labor practice charges, such as the 2017 appointment of William Emanuel, a labor lawyer at the notorious anti-worker law firm Littler Mendelson.

Examples include:

  • Weakening rules aimed at making the union representation election process timelier and more efficient and adopting rules that put roadblocks in the way of workers forming unions. For example: allowing employers to designate bargaining units in a way that makes it more difficult to organize and making it easier for employers to retaliate when workers strike or protest over safety conditions by narrowing the definition of “protected concerted activity.”
  • Making it harder for workers hired by staffing agencies to form a union.
  • Stripping academic workers at private universities of the right to join together and collectively bargain.
  • Stripping rights from platform-based drivers for Uber and Lyft by deeming that they are not employees.
  • Giving employers more power to prevent union organizers and off-duty employees from talking with employees at the workplace, during non-work time, about forming a union.
  • Temporarily suspending all union elections, including mail ballot elections, between March 19 and March 31, 2020, and then allowing mail ballot elections only if the employer agreed to that arrangement.

Legislation to Advance Workers Rights

  • On February 6, 2020, the House of Representatives passed the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, which would significantly restore workers’ right to organize and bargain collectively. However, the Senate has failed to even allow a vote, let alone, pass the PRO Act. The UAW endorsed the PRO Act.

COVID RESPONSE – U.S. leads the world in cases and deaths

America is experiencing an unprecedented dual economic and public health care crisis as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Key facts:

  • The U.S. is only 4% of the world’s population, yet we have 22% of the world’s deaths.
  • The U.S. now leads the world in COVID cases and deaths, with more than 7 million cases and more than 204,000 deaths.
  • In 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was forced to cut 80% of its programs to prevent global disease. Congress provided other funding, but the CDC was forced to scale back the work it did in other countries going from working in 49 countries to just 10. Significantly, China was one of the countries cut from the list.
  • Over the past 2.5 years
    • The entire global-health-security unit of the National Security Council was shut down. This unit is primarily charged with combating flu pandemics.
    • The U.S. federal government’s $30 million Complex Crises Fund was eliminated. This fund provided much needed aid to prevent and respond to emerging and unforeseen crises.

Legislative Response to Pandemic

  • The HEROES Act passed by the House in May 2020 included federal unemployment benefits to help millions of Americans out of work due to the pandemic; an OSHA emergency temporary standard to protect workers from exposure to COVID-19; aid to state and local governments facing budget shortfalls due to COVID-19; and COBRA subsidies to help laid-off workers maintain their employer-provided health care coverage during a global pandemic. To date, the Senate has failed to advance the House passed HEROES Act. The UAW endorsed the HEROES Act.

SOCIAL SECURITY AND RETIREMENT UNDER SEIGE

The UAW firmly believes that all Americans deserve a dignified and secure retirement supported by an employer-provided defined benefit retirement plan, personal savings and Social Security.

  • An executive order in August suspended the primary funding source for Social Security. The executive order allows employers to defer withholding and paying the 6.2% employee share of the Social Security payroll tax for workers making less than $2,000 per week. The effect of the tax deferral does not help working people. It increases the disposable income of higher earners, does nothing for unemployed workers and potentially endangers the survival of Social Security.
  • Federal worker pensions have been targeted to offset deficit-inflating tax cuts for the wealthiest of Americans.

HEALTH CARE JEOPARDIZED

  • According to the Economic Policy Institute, 6.2 million workers lost employer-sponsored health insurance between February and July 2020, while 12 million people (including spouses and dependents) lost coverage.
  • Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of uninsured Americans rose by 2.3 million from 2016 to 2019, including 726,000 children, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. A separate survey by The Commonwealth Fund found similar results: Of those who lost job-based coverage, 1 in 5 reported that they or their spouse or partner did not have any insurance coverage.
  • With millions of workers losing their employer-sponsored insurance due to COVID-19, the current administration has persisted in its efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and rejected a special ACA special enrollment period to allow the uninsured sign up for health insurance. Nothing was done to make it easier for those who had lost their insurance to adopt coverage under the ACA marketplace.
  • Republicans in Congress have attempted to eliminate,weaken or repeal the ACA more than 100 times, which would result in 20 million Americans losing their health insurance and 135 million Americans with pre-existing conditions stripped of their protections.

PRESCRIPTION DRUG COSTS THROUGH THE ROOF

To fight the rising costs of prescription drugs, the Lower Drug Costs Now Act (H.R. 3) was introduced to establish a fair price negotiation program, protect Medicare program excessive price increases, and establish an out-of-pocket maximum in some plans. It limits the outrageous prices charged by the powerful pharmaceutical corporations and allows Health and Human Services (HHS) to negotiate the high cost of medicines, including insulin. The legislation is stalled in the Republican-controlled Senate.

  • Right now, Americans pay more for prescription drugs than any similar countries around the world. Americans pay on average nearly four times more for drugs than other countries – in some cases, 67 times more for the same drug.
  • In 2018, nearly 28 million Americans watched the cost of their medications rise while pharmaceutical companies benefited from huge tax breaks.
  • Drug companies have raised prices on 245 medicines by an average of 23.8 percent during the pandemic, including those commonly used in intensive care units, lifesaving cancer drugs, blood pressure medications and some that are being used to treat COVID-19 or are being tested for use to combat the illness, according to a report from Patients for Affordable Drugs.

TRADE AND JOBS OFFSHORING – MUCH MORE NEEDS TO BE DONE

  • U.S. manufacturing started a decline in late 2018, well before the COVID-19 crisis. More than 300,000 American jobs have been lost to offshoring and trade since 2017, as certified by the U.S. Labor Department. The Economic Policy Institute says total trade job loss is much higher — estimating 700,000 jobs lost to China in 2017 and 2018 alone.
  • We’ve seen 740,000 manufacturing jobs disappear since February 2020.
  • The 2017 Tax Cuts and Job Act (TCJA) created new, powerful incentives to offshore jobs with the corporate tax rate favorable to corporations sending jobs overseas.
  • The United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) is not a “fix” for the many problems created by NAFTA. Experts say:
  • USMCA will create just 51,000 new jobs in manufacturing, mining and farming over the next six years, according to an analysis by the U.S. International Trade Commission. This is significantly less than the estimated 850,000 jobs lost due to NAFTA (350,000 from the auto industry).
  • The International Monetary Fund (IMF) predicts actual losses in the auto sector.

JOB SECURITY THREATENED

  • In auto manufacturing, it is not unusual to find that 40% or more of the workforce is employed by a temporary agency.
  • Not only do employers fill many positions that were once good-paying jobs with temps, temporary workers have no voice on the job, don’t benefit from collective bargaining, have few or no rights at work and no job protection.
  • Although before the COVID-19 induced recession, the economy was “expanding”, real wage growth has not kept pace with worker productivity. According to the Economic Policy Institute, since 1979 worker productivity has grown six times more than pay growth, and union density is just 6.5% in the private sector and 10.7% overall.

THE COURTS ASSAULT ON WORKERS RIGHTS

With the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the U.S. the Supreme Court has a seat open. Ginsburg was a committed advocate for civil rights and an ally to our nation’s workers. Throughout her time on the court, she provided a voice for the voiceless and remained committed to ensuring that the rights of all Americans are honored. It is only right that we respect her last wish to hear from the American people and wait to fill her seat until the presidential election is decided.

  • In the past few years, two new anti-labor justices have been confirmed to the U.S. the Supreme Court with the appointments of Justice Neil Gorsuch and Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and three precedent-setting Supreme Court decisions have weakened workers’ ability to collectively bargain and to hold corporations accountable for unfair labor practices.
  • In the last several years alone, the Supreme Court, the highest court in the land, has weakened collective bargaining rights for public sector workers (Janus v. AFSCME) and retiree health care (CNH v. Reese). The CNH vs. Reese decision allowed employers to take away health care from UAW retirees that they had agreed to at the bargaining table.
  • In November, the Court will again decide whether to uphold the ACA. If overturned, protections for 135 million Americans with pre-existing conditions would be stripped away and tens of millions could lose coverage and protections from unfair practices by insurance companies.
  • Additionally, anti-labor judges are being appointed to lower federal courts across the country at an alarming rate — all of whom have lifetime appointments to make critical decisions affecting the lives of the American people. The Senate has confirmed a record 210 judges as of September 29, 2020.
  • Federal judges who are anti-labor are being confirmed in the Senate at a breakneck speed.

VOTE!

Vote

Your very right to vote in this election and every future election is guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. It is a fundamental right of our democracy. The pandemic has caused concern about going to the polls, but you can make your voice heard by early voting, mail-in voting and absentee voting, which is proven to be safe, secure and easy. The UAW is encouraging our members to vote by mail and vote early.

Make your voice heard in this November’s election.

 

 

 

 

 

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UAW Statement on the Nomination of Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court Justice https://uaw.org/uaw-statement-nomination-amy-coney-barrett-supreme-court-justice/ Tue, 29 Sep 2020 21:49:41 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=29596 “UAW members and our nation need Senate leadership to take pause this close to a presidential election and let whoever is rightfully elected to be president in November nominate the next Supreme Court Justice. The nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, given her past decisions, would most certainly create concerns for working families in a

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“UAW members and our nation need Senate leadership to take pause this close to a presidential election and let whoever is rightfully elected to be president in November nominate the next Supreme Court Justice.

The nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, given her past decisions, would most certainly create concerns for working families in a non-election year, let alone amid a national election. Her judicial record and legal writings demonstrate she will likely rollback civil rights, worker’s rights, and accessible health care for all. During her judicial career, she has undermined protections for older workers, made it harder to sue management for overtime pay, and in one case, rubber stamped a corporate racial segregation scheme defying the intent of the Civil Rights Act (CRA) of 1964. Both UAW President Walter Reuther and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. fought for the passage of CRA and were present at its signing.

The stakes around filling this vacancy could not be higher. In the last several years alone, the Supreme Court, the highest court in the land, has weakened collective bargaining rights for public sector workers (Janus v. AFSCME) and retiree health care (CNH v. Reese).  The CNH vs. Reese decision allowed employers to take away health care from UAW retirees that they had agreed to at the bargaining table. In November, the Court will again decide whether to uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  If overturned, protections for 135 million Americans with pre-existing conditions would be stripped away and tens of millions could lose coverage and protections from unfair practices by insurance companies.

We ask the United States Senate to do the right thing and slow this process down by giving working families and UAW members certainty that these long-lasting decisions will be made through the lens of all Americans. Instead, we urge the U.S. Senate to schedule a vote on the HEROES act so we can provide long overdue COVID-19 relief to a country in crisis. Filling the Supreme Court justice seat should not be rushed.  It should be a thoughtful, deliberate process to ensure the Court’s highest principles of democracy, fairness and justice are upheld.

Justice Ginsburg once wisely pointed out, “We have the oldest written constitution still in force in the world, and it starts out with three words: ‘We, the people.’”

Let’s honor Justice Ginsburg’s last wish that her seat not be filled until the next president is decided. It is the right thing to do.”

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Tune in tomorrow at 9 PM EDT For the Presidential Debate https://uaw.org/tune-tomorrow-9-pm-edt-presidential-debate/ Mon, 28 Sep 2020 21:21:11 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=29585 Tune in to the first 2020 presidential debate this Tuesday at 9 p.m.ET! Check your local TV listings to find out where to view it or stream the debate on C-SPAN’s Youtube channel:

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Tune in to the first 2020 presidential debate this Tuesday at 9 p.m.ET! Check your local TV listings to find out where to view it or stream the debate on C-SPAN’s Youtube channel:

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Statement by UAW Vice President and Director of the UAW GM Department on General Motors Investment in Toledo and Defiance https://uaw.org/statement-uaw-vice-president-director-uaw-gm-department-general-motors-investment-toledo-defiance/ Mon, 28 Sep 2020 18:54:16 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=29583 DETROIT – “By committing $71 million in investments at the Toledo Transmission Plant and Defiance Casting Plant, General Motors is demonstrating its commitment to the long history and quality craftsmanship of UAW members. These investments create job security for UAW GM members, their families and the Toledo and Defiance communities.”

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DETROIT – “By committing $71 million in investments at the Toledo Transmission Plant and Defiance Casting Plant, General Motors is demonstrating its commitment to the long history and quality craftsmanship of UAW members. These investments create job security for UAW GM members, their families and the Toledo and Defiance communities.”

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Join Senator Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden for a Pre-Debate Labor Rally https://uaw.org/join-senator-elizabeth-warren-joe-biden-pre-debate-labor-rally/ Sun, 27 Sep 2020 19:15:04 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=29578 On Tuesday, September 29, Senator Elizabeth Warren will host a pre-debate virtual rally with union members from across the Great Lakes State. Senator Warren will discuss what is at stake for labor and working families this November — including protections for people with pre-existing conditions — and encourage union members to mobilize their networks to

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On Tuesday, September 29, Senator Elizabeth Warren will host a pre-debate virtual rally with union members from across the Great Lakes State. Senator Warren will discuss what is at stake for labor and working families this November — including protections for people with pre-existing conditions — and encourage union members to mobilize their networks to help elect Joe Biden. With early in-person voting underway in Michigan, this event will also focus on the importance of getting registered and voting early.

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The Summmer 2020 Edition of Solidarity Magazine is now online! https://uaw.org/solidarity_magazine/summer-2020/ Fri, 25 Sep 2020 18:19:49 +0000 https://uaw.org/?post_type=solidarity_magazine&p=29504  

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The Summer 2020 edition of Solidarity magazine is now online!

In this issue, Solidarity examines some of the issues that are important to working families, such as health care, job security, workers’ rights, trade, retirement security, voting rights and others. How the next Congress and President handle these issues will have long-lasting impact of the lives of all Americans.

The issue also looks at the union busting that Oberlin College in Ohio participated in that cost UAW members their livelihood. Recognizing their contribution to the school, faculty and alumni have diverted funds they normally would have donated to the university to a fund to help the workers.

Workers at Jones Lang LaSalle facilities who clean General Motors plants across the country have a new contract that improves wages, maintains health care and allows for more vacation time.

Another story examines the right of women to vote, 100 years after suffragettes were successful.

And much more …

 

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Harvard Academic Workers Win Historic First Contract https://uaw.org/solidarity_magazine/harvard-academic-workers-win-historic-first-contract/ Fri, 25 Sep 2020 18:17:46 +0000 https://uaw.org/?post_type=solidarity_magazine&p=29573 The victory for Harvard’s academic workers came after an often-contentious two-year battle with the university. One-Year Agreement Passes With 97% Approval It’s been a year of unparalleled uncertainty in higher education. Perhaps no one knows this more than members of the Harvard Graduate Students Union-UAW (HGSUUAW), who went on strike for four weeks in December

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The victory for Harvard’s academic workers came after an often-contentious two-year battle with the university.

One-Year Agreement Passes With 97% Approval

It’s been a year of unparalleled uncertainty in higher education. Perhaps no one knows this more than members of the Harvard Graduate Students Union-UAW (HGSUUAW), who went on strike for four weeks in December to fight for their first-ever contract.

On June 30, the over 4,000 academic workers ratified a contract with the university with 97 percent voting in favor. The one-year agreement, which became effective July 1, includes 2.8 percent wage increases, improved health care and a $350,000 child care fund. A minimum wage of $16 per hour was won. There are also long-sought contract provisions designed to protect HGSU-UAW members from harassment and discrimination. It also includes measures designed to protect academic workers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Student-workers at Harvard make this university run by teaching courses and conducting cutting-edge research,” said Jenni Austiff, a member of the bargaining committee and fifth-year Ph.D candidate in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. “It is about time that we have a union contract that ensures we can do that work in a safe environment.”

Other improvements include paid bereavement and sick days, and protection for workers when they take extended unpaid leaves for medical emergencies.

The agreement is the result of an often-contentious two-year battle with university. The one-year contract, negotiated during the uncertainty caused by the pandemic, means HGSU-UAW members will be back at the bargaining table soon. It is expected that the bargaining committee will look to build upon the harassment and discrimination provisions won in this agreement.

“If the administration doesn’t agree to addressing our core concerns in our next contract, we commit to organizing for a strike to win these rights and benefits through collective action,” the bargaining committee said in a statement.

Victory at Columbia

The new contract makes Columbia University postdoc minimum pay, at
$60,000, the highest in New York City.

In another higher education victory, by a vote of 859 to 7, members of Columbia Postdoctoral Workers-UAW (CPW-UAW) have made history by ratifying the first union contract for postdoctoral researchers at a U.S. private university. The new contract makes Columbia postdoc minimum pay, at $60,000, the highest in New York City, provides meaningful protections for survivors of harassment and assault, establishes access to six weeks of paid parental leave, and includes new rights for international workers, who have been under attack by the Trump administration.

“We organized, fought for and established a more just workplace, with more respect for the critical research we perform at Columbia,” said Melissa McKenzie, a postdoctoral research scientist working on RNA splicing in neural development in the Systems Biology Department. “After going years with the lowest starting salaries in New York City, Columbia postdocs will now have the highest minimum salaries in the city — a giant leap forward for researchers.” “The UAW is proud to welcome all of these workers into our growing union family,” said Beverley Brakeman, director of UAW Region 9A, which includes New England, eastern New York (including New York City), and Puerto Rico

UAW Region 9A On the Move • Beverley Brakeman director • Gordon Deane, assistant director • Regional office: 111 South Road, Farmington, CT 06032 • Phone (860) 674-0143 • Fax (860) 674-1164 • Donna Becotte, editor • region9a.uaw.orgfacebook.com/UAWRegion9A/

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New UAW Members in the Garden State https://uaw.org/solidarity_magazine/new-uaw-members-garden-state/ Fri, 25 Sep 2020 18:07:52 +0000 https://uaw.org/?post_type=solidarity_magazine&p=29569 Nissan Workers Win Organizing Drive with Help from Their Friends All workers at Nissan’s Parts Distribution Center in Somerset, New Jersey, wanted was a fair shake, but that was becoming more difficult when their employer decided that a skimpy 46 cents an hour raise over the last 13 years was plenty – despite the billions

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Nissan Workers Win Organizing Drive with Help from Their Friends

All workers at Nissan’s Parts Distribution Center in Somerset, New Jersey, wanted was a fair shake, but that was becoming more difficult when their employer decided that a skimpy 46 cents an hour raise over the last 13 years was plenty – despite the billions of dollars in profits it made over the years.

“We’re not looking to break the bank,” said Ray Thomas, one of the key workers who supported a recent organizing drive to bring the UAW into the facility.

Breaking the bank would not benefit the workers who help get parts to dealers throughout the country. They essentially do the same job as members of UAW Local 2210, which represents workers at the Ford Customer Service Division parts warehouse in Cranbury, New Jersey. Members there played key roles in helping their new brothers and sisters win their organizing drive on a 2-to-1 majority back in March

“Our members at Local 2210 know the struggles that Nissan workers go through each day as they supply parts around the country,” said UAW Region 9 Director Jeff Binz. “They also know that being a UAW member is the best way to win respect, dignity and economic fairness in the workplace. We salute our courageous new members at Nissan and congratulate members of Local 2210 for playing such a pivotal and successful role in the organizing drive.”

Kenny Smith started at the Nissan facility in 1989 and was one of the leaders in the effort to bring the UAW in. Mandatory overtime with late notice, arbitrary scheduling resulting in a loss of shift differential and other reasons contributed to the vote in favor of representation.

“We did our homework and felt like this would be a much better building with a union,” Smith said.

Nissan, as anti-union an employer as there is, pushed back hard, telling workers they do not need representation and that any problems could be worked out with management. They brought in people from corporate and held mandatory anti-union captive audience meetings.

“None of it worked. We listened to it because we had to,” Smith said. “We weren’t buying it. We worked with them and we saw what we got, which was nothing.”

Ford worker Darren Felton, a member of Local 2210 who had worked at the Nissan facility, told him that if he ever wanted the UAW’s help, all he had to do was ask. Smith asked and was put in touch with Local 2210 President Pete Murphy.

The local offered all kinds of support. In addition to Felton, and Murphy, Local 2210 members Iona Scott, Bernard Banham and Al Richardson were among those who helped by getting Nissan workers to understand how a union works and how it can help them.

“They (Nissan workers) were told by management that they didn’t deserve the money they are making,” Murphy said.

The workers also received help from UAW Region 9, which includes New Jersey. “Director Binz, Pete Murphy and his crew at Local 2210 were instrumental in making this happen for us,” Thomas said.

UAW Region 9 Nine Line • Jeff Binz, director • Tom Ashton, assistant director • Regional office: 35 George Karl Boulevard, Suite 100, Amherst, NY 14221 • Phone (716) 632-1540 • Fax (716) 632-1797 • New Jersey: 1930 E. Marlton Pike (Rt. 70), Ste. W109, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 • Phone (215) 591-0830 • Fax (215) 591-0830 • Sharon Masino, editor

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Local 5285 Member’s Son Ready for the NFL https://uaw.org/solidarity_magazine/local-5285-members-son-ready-nfl/ Fri, 25 Sep 2020 18:00:29 +0000 https://uaw.org/?post_type=solidarity_magazine&p=29565 Tanner Muse, flanked by his father Local 5285 member Kevin Muse, on the left, mother Shannon, and his uncle, Ron, also a Local 5285 member. Tanner Muse Selected by the Las Vegas Raiders Union brothers and sisters at Daimler’s Freightliner Truck Manufacturing Plant have been following Tanner Muse’s athletic endeavors since he was a young

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Tanner Muse, flanked by his father Local 5285 member Kevin Muse, on the left, mother Shannon, and his uncle, Ron, also a Local 5285 member.

Tanner Muse Selected by the Las Vegas Raiders

Union brothers and sisters at Daimler’s Freightliner Truck Manufacturing Plant have been following Tanner Muse’s athletic endeavors since he was a young boy at the Belmont, N.C., Optimist Park.

Muse, son of Kevin Muse, a longtime member of UAW Local 5285, was selected by the Las Vegas Raiders with the 100th pick of the 2020 NFL Draft.

“I always felt he belonged, and he proved to everyone he belonged,” Kevin Muse said. “I always told him if that’s your goal, then fine, but let’s get that degree, too.”

The 6-foot 2, 227-pound linebacker from Clemson University was taken with the 36th pick in the third round after earning two College Football Playoff national titles (2016, 2018), two all-Atlantic Coast Conference honors (2018, 2019) and one All- American award (2019). In April’s draft, Raiders head coach Jon Gruden phoned the Muse household in Belmont prior to Las Vegas’ pick to let him know the team was going to select him.

Since April’s draft, Muse had been at Clemson, staying in shape and working on conditioning while the NFL decided what to do about the pandemic. Muse is now in Raiders’ training camp near Las Vegas, Kevin Muse said.

He added that Tanner took part in a Zoom meeting recently with Gruden and Raiders General Manager Mike Mayock and, “Gruden said it was like talking to another coach. They were really impressed.”

Muse attended South Point High School, 8.4 miles from the Freightliner plant in Mount Holly where his father, a CI production tech, has worked since 1984. His uncle, Ronnie, a CI facilitator, has also been a member of Local 5285 since 1988.

Muse was a standout in high school in both football and baseball. As a senior, Muse recorded 150 tackles with four interceptions on defense and rushed for 1,292 yards, earning first-team all-state and Shrine Bowl honors. He was rated a fourstar recruit before committing to Clemson.

Muse was redshirted as a freshman in 2015, but the following season he saw action in all 15 games for the Tigers, making 24 tackles as a reserve safety and special team player during Clemson’s College Football Playoff championship season. He blocked a punt against Alabama in the title game.

Over the next three seasons, Muse established himself as one of the best safeties in the country and finished with 237 career tackles, seven interceptions and two defensive touchdowns. At the conclusion of his eligibility, he was named a permanent team captain after playing in 59 games, tied for the most in school history.

Eric Norman, a materials auditor at the Mt. Holly plant, was a press box staffer at a rival school and got to see Muse play during his high school career. He said from an early age, Muse’s speed and hard-hitting ability was evident.

“There was a lot of buzz about Tanner,” Norman said. “He was definitely known. We all knew he was going to be on the radar.”

Joseph Adams, who works in Cab Mount Build-up and coached against Muse at another rival high school said, “He’s a kid that never stopped working. Everything he’s got, he earned.”

Local 5285 President/Shop Chairman Billy Rose said the union’s brother and sisterhood extends to the children of the membership.

“We’re glad to see them get scholarships and an education because you always want to see your kids do better than you,” Rose said. “For Tanner to go all the way and get taken in the draft is really something special.”

Tanner’s brother, Nick, might be the next Muse drafted by the NFL. He’s a 6-foot 4, 250-pound senior tight end at South Carolina. Nick transferred from William and Mary University prior to the 2019 season and caught 17 passes for 158 yards before an injury ended his junior year.

“We’re proud of both of them,” Rose said. “I know their family is super proud of them.” As luck would have it, Tanner Muse and the Raiders will open the 2020 NFL season at Bank of America Stadium against the Panthers in Charlotte, only a few minutes from hundreds of family and friends at Local 5285 and the Belmont and Mt. Holly community.

Derek Smith
UAW Local 5285

UAW Region 8 Review • Mitchell Smith, director • Tim Smith, assistant director • Regional office: 151 Maddox-Simpson Parkway, Lebanon, TN 37090 • Phone (615) 443-7654 • Fax (615) 443-7697 • Darren Petty, editor • Region 8 website: www.uawregion8.net

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Pandemic Presents a Variety of Challenges https://uaw.org/solidarity_magazine/pandemic-presents-variety-challenges/ Fri, 25 Sep 2020 17:52:30 +0000 https://uaw.org/?post_type=solidarity_magazine&p=29561 CAP delegates discussed the recent merger of UAW regions that brought thousands of additional members into Region 4 and expanded the region’s geographic boundaries. Region 4 was honored to host an all-states CAP meet and greet March 15-17, 2020 at the Pat Greathouse Education Center (PGC) in Ottawa, Illinois. The delegates were addressed by Regional

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CAP delegates discussed the recent merger of UAW regions that brought thousands of additional members into Region 4 and expanded the region’s geographic boundaries.

Region 4 was honored to host an all-states CAP meet and greet March 15-17, 2020 at the Pat Greathouse Education Center (PGC) in Ottawa, Illinois.

Region 4 Director Ronald McInroy chats with CAP delegates at the Pat Greathouse Education Center in March.

The delegates were addressed by Regional Director Ronald McInroy, Assistant Director Brad Dutcher, and our three regional Community Action Program (CAP) legislative coordinators; Kelli Harrison, John Gedney and Daniel Kandlebinder. A prevailing topic was the merger of UAW regions and plans looking to advance the future of our membership.

Shortly after this conference, we were forced to change our plans, much like the rest of the world. We were asked to shelter in place if possible, and social distancing was introduced not only into our vocabularies, but into our lifestyles as well. In addition to large gatherings being restricted, travel was also limited where possible. These necessary measures drastically changed our training calendar. Initially, we canceled a couple of conferences and postponed others before realizing it would be best to cancel all remaining events at the PGC for the 2020 conference season.

However, during this time, our members in many locations were deemed essential and were required to report to work. This presented enormous safety concerns, all while many of our members were navigating the new stressor of having their children out of school. Many families had no access to day care.

In compliance with state mandates and in doing what was best for our membership, UAW facilities in every sector had to adapt to changes regarding safety protocol on practically a daily basis. Some facilities halted their regular production and shifted to manufacturing facemasks and other vital Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Our members and the servicing staff met these challenges without wavering. Ever-changing developments continue to add mounting pressures to day-to-day operations for many of us. We will always strive to ensure the safest possible worksites for the best workforce in the world. Continue to stay as safe as possible. We will provide updates via region4.uaw.org and our UAW Region 4 Facebook page.

Director Ronald McInroy
UAW Region 4

UAW Region 4 News • Ronald McInroy, director • Bradley Dutcher, assistant director • Regional office: 680 Barclay Blvd., Lincolnshire, IL 60069 • Phone (847) 459-3888 • FAX (847) 459-5680 • Bradley Schwanda, editor

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Enough is Enough! https://uaw.org/solidarity_magazine/enough-is-enough/ Fri, 25 Sep 2020 17:45:39 +0000 https://uaw.org/?post_type=solidarity_magazine&p=29551 Local 1005 Members: Tequisha McDearmon, Steven Wallace, Bisa Harris and her daughter, Makayla. UAW Local 1005 Peaceful Protest Makes a Point About Racial Injustice On a beautiful June morning, the UAW Local 1005 Civil & Human Rights Committee held a peaceful protest on the front lawn of the local’s union hall in Parma, Ohio. In

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Local 1005 Members: Tequisha McDearmon, Steven Wallace, Bisa Harris and her daughter, Makayla.

UAW Local 1005 Peaceful Protest Makes a Point About Racial Injustice

Mike Caldwell, Darryl Campbell, UAW Region 2B Civil & Human Rights Advisory Council President
KaRon Waites Jr. (UAW Local 1050) and members of the Cleveland Chapter NAACP.

On a beautiful June morning, the UAW Local 1005 Civil & Human Rights Committee held a peaceful protest on the front lawn of the local’s union hall in Parma, Ohio. In response to yet another series of unnecessary killings of Black Americans by police officers, including the May 25 death of George Floyd, speakers at this event motivated, educated and challenged those in attendance to say, “Enough is enough!”

When the speakers had concluded, attendees participated in a peaceful march from the union hall to the General Motors Parma Stamping Plant led by UAW Local 1005 Civil & Human Rights Committee Chairperson and Region 2B Regional Advisory Council on Civil & Human Rights (RACOCHR) and Member-at- Large Darryl Campbell.

Other speakers who addressed the crowd included:

  • UAW Local 1005 President Mike Caldwell.
  • UAW Local 1005 / GM Shop Chairman Al Tiller.
  • GM Parma Stamping Plant Manager Mark Pervine.
  • Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter.
  • State Representative Jeffrey Crossman.
  • State Senator Nickie Antonio.
  • Region 2B Civil & Human Rights Advisory Council President KaRon Waites Jr. (UAW Local 1050).
  • Cleveland NAACP Chapter President Danielle Sydnor.
  • UAW Local 1005 Chaplaincy Committee Member Kenny Miles.
Local 1005 Civil & Human Rights Chair Darryl Campbell addresses
the audience with President Mike
Caldwell, Shop Chairman Al Tiller and Parma Mayor Tim Degeeter behind him

The following is the text of the speech that was given by Brother Darryl Campbell: “Good Morning. First of all, I would like to thank everyone for taking time out of their day to be a part of this peaceful protest. I just felt that we should show that GM/ UAW autoworkers care and we stand together in solidarity. This is not just about George Floyd. This is about each and every one of us. Every man, woman and child should be treated fairly no matter what the color of their skin. How long can we stand by and watch unarmed Blacks being killed? Being arrested should not be a death sentence. We, as Blacks, should not be afraid when we are pulled over by police. We should not be profiled because our skin color is darker than theirs.

When I heard George Floyd pleading and begging for his mother, it broke my heart. A grown man crying for his mother means he was in pain. We all know as children we cried for our mothers when we got hurt. I know I did! So, let this sit on your brain. We cooperate, we die! We jog, we die! We fight back, we die! We put our hands up, we die! We mind our business, we die! So, tell me what I am supposed to do to keep the cops from killing me? And killing us. I CAN’T BREATHE! Say it with me: ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!”

 

UAW Region 2B Report • Wayne L. Blanchard, Director • Regional office: 1691 Woodlands Drive, Maumee, Ohio 43537 • Phone (419) 893-4677 • Fax (419) 893-4073 • Amy Richardson, editor

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New Leadership Begins its Work in Region 1D https://uaw.org/solidarity_magazine/new-leadership-begins-work-region-1d/ Fri, 25 Sep 2020 17:31:42 +0000 https://uaw.org/?post_type=solidarity_magazine&p=29544 Director Steve Dawes Appoints Scott Zuckschwerdt as Assistant Director Dear Brothers and Sisters: Thank you to all the Region 1D delegates and friends who attended the special convention on Feb.13 to elect me as your Region 1D director. It is absolutely an honor to have your support and confidence, and please know I do not

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Director Steve Dawes Appoints Scott Zuckschwerdt as Assistant Director
Director Steve Dawes
UAW Region 1D Director Steve Dawes

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Thank you to all the Region 1D delegates and friends who attended the special convention on Feb.13 to elect me as your Region 1D director. It is absolutely an honor to have your support and confidence, and please know I do not take it for granted.

When delegates are elected to the Constitutional Convention (as in June 2018), they serve a term of four years. During their term, they may be called upon to perform duties as they did in February at our special convention. Thank you, delegates, again, for your overwhelming support. I promise to continue to make our region the proud and successful region it has always been.

With the approval of President Rory L. Gamble, I have selected Scott Zuckschwerdt to be my and your assistant director. Scott has a long history of bargaining and great people skills. He comes with a strong trade unionist background and is an excellent addition to our leadership team.

Scott Zuckschwerdt
Assistant Director
UAW Region 1D

During the last several months, we have lost too many friends, UAW members and family. Some of them were great leaders that came from our region: President Emeritus Owen Bieber, Secretary-Treasurer Emeritus Ruben Burks, Vice President Emeritus Cal Rapson, and Retired Assistant Director Ed Foy. Please keep their families, along with all the other souls who have suffered losses, in your thoughts and prayers.

Soon you will be receiving the UAW endorsements for your area. Please remember these endorsements do not come easily. Your Community Action Program (CAP) Council has a screening process that digs into candidate conduct like voting records as they pertain to working people, labor issues and supporting legislation that will support and protect working men and women. This process takes hours of work and research, so please don’t take their recommendations lightly. Thank you to the CAP Councils for their time and commitment during this process.

Lena Wyeth
Vice President
Local 652

Many of our locals have had their local union elections this year. My personal congratulations go out to all those who were elected. Now the real work starts. Your membership has put their trust and confidence in you and your ability to perform your respective position. It is truly an honor to represent your membership. I have always thought that being part of an Installation Ceremony (Article 39 of our Constitution) is an honor. The words installed upon you are your proud union duties and you make a true commitment when you say, “I do.” Good luck to all.

While we are all attempting to make sense of and dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, please continue to be safe and follow the CDC guidelines, both at work and away from work.

In closing, I would like to send a special congratulations to newly elected Local 652 Vice President Lena Wyeth. Lena is the first female to be elected to an officer position in the history of the local. I have known Lena many years, and she is a true trade unionist and community activist. Congratulations Lena and Local 652.

In solidarity,

Steve

UAW Region 1D News Steve Dawes Director • Scott Zuckschwerdt assistant director Regional office: 1940 Atherton Rd., Flint, MI 48507 • Phone (810) 767-0910 • FAX (810) 767-3206 facebook.com/UAWRegion.com/UAWRegion1D

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Meeting Challenges in Tough Times https://uaw.org/solidarity_magazine/meeting-challenges-tough-times/ Fri, 25 Sep 2020 17:20:53 +0000 https://uaw.org/?post_type=solidarity_magazine&p=29539 I would like to begin my report by extending my hopes that everyone is safe and healthy during these trying times. Over the past several months, our union, along with our nation, has been faced with the challenges of functioning and trying to provide for our families during a health pandemic. We have joined the

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Region 1A Director Chuck Browning

I would like to begin my report by extending my hopes that everyone is safe and healthy during these trying times. Over the past several months, our union, along with our nation, has been faced with the challenges of functioning and trying to provide for our families during a health pandemic. We have joined the fight against the racial discrimination that exists in our country, which has been long overdue. We have also had to deal with the economic repercussions that have adversely affected our members as a result of Covid-19. All of these challenges have been added to the battles and issues that already existed.

I cannot express how thankful and proud I am of our members who worked during the “Stay at Home” executive order time period, allowing our country’s essential operations to continue in order to provide our health and sustenance during our darkest hours. Many of our members remained working due to the nature of the services that they provide or products that they manufacture, while hundreds more volunteered to work in order to manufacture desperately needed medical equipment that saved lives and protected our frontline medical service providers. Our members, as those that came before us, once again put the needs of a nation before their own well-being and will forever be remembered for their courageous deeds.

I would also like to recognize all of our members for their perseverance and assistance in continuously providing guidance to their employers, as well as the UAW, in identifying items that need to be addressed to provide the very safest work environment possible. As we continue to navigate through the pandemic, these efforts must be an ongoing practice.

UAW Region 1A, along with our local union leadership, continued to work and represent our members throughout this pandemic. Beyond the daily interactions that always take place, we also communicated formally on a weekly basis by conducting conference calls, some of which lasted up to four hours, that allowed all of the leadership to share issues, share implementation of safety protocols, communicate benefit and pay issues and other needs of our members that resulted in the ability to quickly put in place best practices and resolve contractual and safety issues in a more expedited manner in all of the worksites. I would like to personally thank everyone involved in these efforts for the extremely long hours and the commitment that was made, and is ongoing, on behalf of our members.

The final topic that I would like to touch on involves the efforts that are currently being made to implement real change in order to eliminate the racial discrimination that exists in our country. The strongest pillar that our union was founded on is the acknowledgement and insistence that all working people should be treated with respect and dignity regardless of a person’s race, gender, religious belief, sexual orientation or any other reason that someone can be singled out for and be discriminated against. The UAW has been able to accomplish great things over time because of the fact that we celebrate the diversity of our members and the unity of our common goals as workers. It is our legacy to fight and defend this principle.

The recent events that began with the nation witnessing the senseless and horrific murder of George Floyd have catapulted into a movement to eliminate the systemic racial discrimination that exists in our country. Our country promises equality and opportunity for all of our citizens yet still fails to ensure it for so many. The UAW supports the efforts and joins the fight to ensure equity for everyone in our country and embraces the premise that discrimination of any kind should be eradicated. The time for change has been long overdue and we must seize the moment to help create a better world for all of us.

In solidarity,

Chuck Browning
Director, UAW Region 1A

UAW Region 1A Telegraph • Chuck Browning, director Laura Dickerson, assistant director • Regional office: 9650 South Telegraph Road, Taylor, MI 48180 Phone (313) 291-2750 FAX (313) 291-2269 • Twitter: @uawregion1a • Facebook: UAW Region 1A Facebook group “Official UAW Region 1A Members Only”

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Elections Not Just About Presidents https://uaw.org/solidarity_magazine/elections-not-just-presidents/ Fri, 25 Sep 2020 16:52:15 +0000 https://uaw.org/?post_type=solidarity_magazine&p=29535 State, Local Officials Impact Our Daily Lives in Many Ways Every four years we have a presidential election. Each election is categorized as “the most important election of our lifetime.” While you may have become tired of hearing this every election year, I think that claim can be made regarding this election. The last four

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State, Local Officials Impact Our Daily Lives in Many Ways
Region 1 Director Frank Stuglin

Every four years we have a presidential election. Each election is categorized as “the most important election of our lifetime.” While you may have become tired of hearing this every election year, I think that claim can be made regarding this election.

The last four years have proven that elections have consequences. Considering some of the decisions made by our local and national officials during this time, it could be argued that this election is the most important of our lifetime. This election is not important simply because we will be electing a new president. No, this election could be considered the most important of a lifetime because, along with the president, we will be electing other officials, locally and nationally, that are just as important as the president. In many instances, the local and state officials will have a direct impact on our daily lives. This election year, we will be electing individuals who will serve in the U.S. Congress or state legislature, county commissioners, city and township clerks, supervisors, treasurers and trustees. We will be electing library board members, university and college board of governors and trustees. In addition, we will be electing sheriffs, prosecuting attorneys and judges. All have a direct impact on our daily lives. We ask: What type of schools will our children attend? What type of businesses will be in our communities? And how will we be protected in our communities?

Events that have occurred over the last four years demonstrate the importance of local officials and legislators. We have witnessed that local elected officials can be just as important as national officials. It is the plans of our mayors, council persons, or county executives who set policies on how we navigate our daily lives during a pandemic. It is the governors who provide daily updates during a pandemic. We have experienced a national strike, and currently our nation is amid a pandemic. Many Americans are struggling to provide for their families. It is our locally elected officials who provide our safety during this time. And it is the local judges who decide what is legal for us to peacefully protect our right to vote. Why is this the most important election of our lifetime? Because we should have the right to peacefully picket employers without the threat of harassment.

Why is this the most important election of our lifetime? Because we should have confidence that elected officials are doing everything possible to ensure our health and safety during a global pandemic. Why is this the most important election of our lifetime? Because we should be able to have open and honest dialogue regarding justice reform. Why is this the most important election of our lifetime? Because no one can justify a man kneeling on the neck of another man for eight minutes and 46 seconds.

UAW Region 1 Action Line • Frank Stuglin, director • James Harris assistant director • Regional office: 27800 George Merrelli Drive, Warren, MI 48092 • Phone (586) 427-9200 • FAX (586) 427-7142

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Honor Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Wish https://uaw.org/rbg/ Wed, 23 Sep 2020 17:47:40 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=29524 Last week, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away, leaving a vacancy on our nation’s highest court. Ginsburg was a committed advocate for civil rights and an ally to our nation’s workers. Throughout her time on the court, she provided a voice for the voiceless and remained committed to ensuring that the rights of

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Last week, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away, leaving a vacancy on our nation’s highest court. Ginsburg was a committed advocate for civil rights and an ally to our nation’s workers. Throughout her time on the court, she provided a voice for the voiceless and remained committed to ensuring that the rights of all Americans are honored.

Before her passing, Ginsburg told her family that she wished for her seat to remain vacant until after a new president takes office, so American voters are able to make their opinions known on the direction our nation will take. It’s our job to make sure that wish is honored.

Call your senator at 313-528-6780 and tell them to wait to fill RBG’s seat until after a new president takes office.

We should honor her legacy and let the American people make their voices heard before her seat is filled.

In Solidarity.

 

 

 

 

 

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Ben Brady | Local 863 https://uaw.org/ben-brady-local-863/ Wed, 23 Sep 2020 11:01:13 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=29517 Being in a union gives workers a seat at the table and a voice in the workplace. Hear Ben talk about what being a UAW member has meant for him and for his family.

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Being in a union gives workers a seat at the table and a voice in the workplace. Hear Ben talk about what being a UAW member has meant for him and for his family.

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National Voter Registration Day https://uaw.org/national-voter-registration-day/ Tue, 22 Sep 2020 11:42:55 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=29515 Today is National Voter Registration Day! Each year on the fourth Tuesday in September, citizens are urged to register to vote and make sure they’re ready to cast their ballots on Election Day (or before). Every year, millions of Americans find themselves unable to vote because they miss a registration deadline, don’t update their registration,

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Today is National Voter Registration Day! Each year on the fourth Tuesday in September, citizens are urged to register to vote and make sure they’re ready to cast their ballots on Election Day (or before).

Every year, millions of Americans find themselves unable to vote because they miss a registration deadline, don’t update their registration, or aren’t sure how to register. With so much at stake this year, it’s critical that all UAW members are prepared to make their voices heard on or before November 3rd.

Click here to visit IWillVote.org to confirm your voter registration status, get registered to vote, or apply for an absentee ballot today!

This year, it’s not just the presidential election that voters have to think about. There are critical races on the state and local level that will be decided by voters on November 3rd as well.

So whether you’ll be thinking about labor issues, the economy, or health care when you head to the ballot box, the most important thing is that you’re ready and able to cast your ballot!

Join us in celebrating National Voter Registration Day by visiting IWillVote.org to confirm your voter registration status or to get registered to vote today.

 

 

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Statement From UAW President Rory L. Gamble on the Passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg https://uaw.org/statement-uaw-president-rory-l-gamble-passing-supreme-court-justice-ruth-bader-ginsburg/ Sat, 19 Sep 2020 13:43:01 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=29510 What a sad day for our nation and for all those who stand up and speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. Ruth Bader Ginsburg blazed a trail for civil rights and women’s rights and the sanctity of our constitution in her 27 years as a Supreme Court Justice. No words can do real

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What a sad day for our nation and for all those who stand up and speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. Ruth Bader Ginsburg blazed a trail for civil rights and women’s rights and the sanctity of our constitution in her 27 years as a Supreme Court Justice. No words can do real justice to her contributions to the highest court in the land and her contributions to our nation. To this courageous champion of women’s rights and worker’s rights and equality for all. 

She was a light that shone so brightly on the constitutional rights of women and minorities and those who have no voice. She was a tireless defender for inclusion and compassion and the best version of ourselves and our better angels. 

Just like John Lewis, I suspect she knew all about making ‘good trouble’ because she made plenty during her long tenure as a jurist and advocate. In this terrible time of divide, we should honor her final wish to bring our nation together and delay filling her seat until after the election. 

Thank you, great lady. True justice will miss you.

 


Take Action

Before her passing, Ginsburg told her family that she wished for her seat to remain vacant until after a new president takes office, so American voters are able to make their opinions known on the direction our nation will take. It’s our job to make sure that wish is honored.

Call your senator at 313-528-6780 and tell them to wait to fill RBG’s seat until after a new president takes office.

We should honor her legacy and let the American people make their voices heard before her seat is filled.

 

 

 

 

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UAW Region 2B Delegates Meet and Select Wayne Blanchard as Regional Director https://uaw.org/uaw-region-2b-delegates-meet-select-wayne-blanchard-regional-director/ Thu, 17 Sep 2020 17:42:31 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=29472 TOLEDO – UAW elected delegates in Ohio and Indiana met today to fill the vacancy of the Regional Director – a position with a seat on the UAW International Executive Board and elected Wayne Blanchard to fill the remainder of the term which ends in June 2022. The UAW Constitutional procedure made accommodations for Ohio

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TOLEDO – UAW elected delegates in Ohio and Indiana met today to fill the vacancy of the Regional Director – a position with a seat on the UAW International Executive Board and elected Wayne Blanchard to fill the remainder of the term which ends in June 2022.

The UAW Constitutional procedure made accommodations for Ohio and Indiana social distancing guidelines by conducting meetings at five locations connected remotely. Region 2B has had a vacancy since the resignation of Rich Rankin earlier this summer.

UAW Region 2B is home to a diverse range of industries including autoworkers at Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler and many of the companies that supply parts to the Big 3.

Members of Region 2B are beer brewers, law enforcement personnel, health care professionals, parts suppliers, county employees, and food service workers.  They include office and professional workers, musical instrument manufacturers, engineers, warehouse workers, janitorial professionals, and casino employees.  In addition, UAW 2B members work in aerospace, casting operations, janitorial services, distribution centers and many other industries.

Among many products, Region 2B members manufacture the Chevy Silverado, Ford Vans, Jeep Wrangler, Abrams Tank and Military Humvees.  Members in Region 2B also build transmissions, engines, missiles and many other products.

Blanchard, a Toledo native has been Assistant Director since June 2017.  He is also a veteran of the U.S. Army. He has been active in the UAW since the age of 20. He was first elected in 1990 as Financial Secretary-Treasurer of UAW Local 48, the UnitCast Division in Toledo, Ohio. As a member of UAW Local 1435, Blanchard served in many capacities; he sat on several Standing Committees, worked as a Temporary Organizer and was elected Financial Secretary-Treasurer, Delegate to the 33rd Constitution, Financial Secretary-Treasurer  of the Toledo Area UAW-CAP Council and ultimately President of UAW Local 1435.

Former UAW President Ron Gettelfinger appointed Blanchard as an International Staff Representative and assigned him to the Region 2B staff headed by then Director Lloyd Mahaffey and subsequently Ken Lortz.

Blanchard has a background in contract negotiations, grievance handling and arbitrations in multiple facilities throughout the region.

A longtime community activist, Blanchard is the Board Chairperson Emeritus for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Ohio and has served on the Executive Board for Northwest Ohio March of Dimes, the American Red Cross Community Blood Donation Committee and closest to his heart, Blanchard was a Big Brother.  In 2006, he was elected President of the Toledo Chapter A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI) and was elected to Vice President of Ohio State APRI in 2010. Blanchard is also a member of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU), as well as a Silver Life Member, Executive Committee Member, and former Treasurer of Toledo Chapter NAACP. He is also a member of Scott High School Alumni association, the Lucas County Democratic Party Executive Board as well as the Greater Northwest Ohio AFL-CIO’s United Labor Committee.

Blanchard and his wife Cereda are the proud parents of Wayne L. Blanchard II and longtime members of Glenwood Lutheran Church.

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Statement of UAW Ford Vice President Gerald Kariem on the Groundbreaking for the New Rouge All Electric F-150 Plant https://uaw.org/statement-uaw-ford-vice-president-gerald-kariem-groundbreaking-new-rouge-electric-f-150-plant/ Thu, 17 Sep 2020 13:34:53 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=29469 “We are proud today to announce for our Ford UAW members and our nation that Ford is building this new plant to assemble the truck of the future — a battery electric Ford F-150. Where once the Mustang changed America, UAW members will now build the truck that will change America — Built Ford Tough

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“We are proud today to announce for our Ford UAW members and our nation that Ford is building this new plant to assemble the truck of the future — a battery electric Ford F-150.

Where once the Mustang changed America, UAW members will now build the truck that will change America — Built Ford Tough by UAW members.”

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1 year anniversary of GM strike https://uaw.org/1-year-anniversary-gm-strike/ Tue, 15 Sep 2020 17:00:42 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=29461 On this day in UAW history, GM UAW members went on strike to protect benefits, wages and put an end to the two-tier system. The strike was the longest nationwide auto strike in 50 years.

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On this day in UAW history, GM UAW members went on strike to protect benefits, wages and put an end to the two-tier system. The strike was the longest nationwide auto strike in 50 years.

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Sign the ten-point pledge for social, racial and economic justice: 57th anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham https://uaw.org/sign-ten-point-pledge-social-racial-economic-justice-57th-anniversary-16th-street-baptist-church-bombing-birmingham/ Tue, 15 Sep 2020 14:00:21 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=29452 On Tuesday, September 15, we will mark the 57th anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama with a candlelight vigil and ten-point pledge for social, racial and economic justice. We call on all of us here in the United States of America to reject death, whether by racism or economic injustice,

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On Tuesday, September 15, we will mark the 57th anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama with a candlelight vigil and ten-point pledge for social, racial and economic justice.

  1. We call on all of us here in the United States of America to reject death, whether by racism or economic injustice, and unite to fight for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for everyone. And as we embrace life, we remember those Americans who gave their lives that we might be free—from the beaches of Normandy to the coal camps of West Virginia to the churches of Birmingham and Charleston.
  2. We call on every person, regardless of race, creed, color, age, sexual orientation or gender identity, to demand that those whom we the people have granted authority—our elected leaders, our government officials and our law enforcement officers, from the president of the United States to the police officer on the beat—to uphold the Constitution and to honor the oaths you took on the Holy Bible to establish justice, provide for the common defense and the general welfare and, in this time of pandemic, to place the lives, health and safety of our people above the greed of the wealthy and the ambitions of the powerful.
  3. We call on the president of the United States to stop lying, to stop stoking hate and racism, and instead to turn his attention and the full power of the federal government he leads to address the physical and economic fear and pain so many now endure. We further call on him to come to the aid of the essential worker, the unemployed, the poor and the vulnerable, whether in nursing homes, in meatpacking houses or on the unemployment lines.
  4. We call on every person of conscience to reject our country going backward. We call on our nation and our elected leaders to embrace America’s promise, to have the courage to embrace the future that we can build together, not the divisive legacies of our past.
  5. We call on the U.S. Senate to address the intertwined crises of the COVID-19 pandemic, economic pain and structural racism by taking up and passing the HEROES Act and the Justice in Policing Act.
  6. We call on both houses of Congress to go beyond the bills still sitting on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s desk and take bold action to give all of us, but especially the poor among us, all we need to live and thrive and bring a new day for our country, starting with a good job with rights and economic security for all who want to work.
  7. We call on the authorities who have the responsibility of protecting our democracy, and on every person who believes in America, to come together to stop every attempt at voter suppression, and we call on every citizen of our republic to make every sacrifice needed to vote.
  8. We call on every employer—every business, nonprofit and government body in America to give all workers the day off, or at least time off (with pay), to vote on Election Day.
  9. We call on every person who believes in civil rights and economic justice to take action to defend our right to vote and our democratic republic—to work with your church, your union and your civic organization to stand up for solidarity and to reject death. We can begin by joining in a digital gathering and training on September 14, jointly hosted by the Moral Mondays movement and the AFL-CIO on the theme of, “Voting Is Power Unleashed.”
  10.  On September 15, we call on every person in this nation to join us virtually at 12:00 p.m. Noon to declare that:

We the people, with deep conviction and determination, declare our commitment to defend our republic, won by the blood and sacrifice of those who came before us, by exercising our right to vote. We truly have nothing to fear but fear itself. We will move forward together and we will accept nothing but freedom. We will not take one step back, and we will bring a new day to our beloved country.

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Join the event: Voting is Power Unleashed https://uaw.org/join-event-voting-power-unleashed/ Thu, 10 Sep 2020 18:38:16 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=29435 Join the Poor People’s Campaign Monday, Sept. 14 at 7pm ET/ 4pm PT for an evening that will bring together thousands of poor and low-income people and their allies as they will share tools and teach-in on voter engagement, registration and protection, and announce upcoming activities this election season. This massive online event will feature

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Join the Poor People’s Campaign Monday, Sept. 14 at 7pm ET/ 4pm PT for an evening that will bring together thousands of poor and low-income people and their allies as they will share tools and teach-in on voter engagement, registration and protection, and announce upcoming activities this election season. This massive online event will feature the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Forward Justice, the 43 State Coordinating Committees, the Co-Chairs of the Campaign, directly impacted people, artists and special guests.

Register: https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/voting/moral-monday/

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Joe Biden Had our Backs https://uaw.org/joe-biden-backs/ Thu, 10 Sep 2020 15:22:55 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=29408 When autoworkers needed Joe Biden most, he had their backs. Hear UAW Local 598 President Ryan Buchalski talk about how Biden fought to protect American jobs.

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When autoworkers needed Joe Biden most, he had their backs. Hear UAW Local 598 President Ryan Buchalski talk about how Biden fought to protect American jobs.

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Vice President Joe Biden Visits UAW Region 1 https://uaw.org/vice-president-joe-biden-visits-uaw-region-1/ Thu, 10 Sep 2020 00:19:02 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=29432 Today, Vice President Joe Biden visited UAW Region 1 in Warren, Michigan to lay out his plan to revitalize American manufacturing. He proposed a program to reward the creation of American jobs and disincentivize corporate offshoring through the use of tax credits and penalties. He also committed to using the United States government’s purchasing power

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Today, Vice President Joe Biden visited UAW Region 1 in Warren, Michigan to lay out his plan to revitalize American manufacturing. He proposed a program to reward the creation of American jobs and disincentivize corporate offshoring through the use of tax credits and penalties. He also committed to using the United States government’s purchasing power to buy American-made goods.

UAW Secretary-Treasurer Ray Curry and UAW Local 5960 President Louis Roche welcomed Biden to Warren and discussed his successes in bringing back American auto jobs after the 2008 recession.

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UAW President Rory L. Gamble on Joe Biden’s Commitment to Jobs Here at Home https://uaw.org/uaw-president-rory-l-gamble-joe-bidens-commitment-jobs-home/ Wed, 09 Sep 2020 19:21:45 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=29420 “For far too long it’s been a fight to maintain the jobs we have while new automotive products and assembly are sent to Mexico, China and abroad. Trade enforcement will help. But so too will Joe Biden once and for all closing the offshoring loophole in our tax code, imposing a new offshoring tax penalty

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“For far too long it’s been a fight to maintain the jobs we have while new automotive products and assembly are sent to Mexico, China and abroad.

Trade enforcement will help. But so too will Joe Biden once and for all closing the offshoring loophole in our tax code, imposing a new offshoring tax penalty and creating Biden’s new “Made in America” tax incentive. These are strong proposals to keep jobs here and more importantly make sure new products stay here built by our UAW workforce.”

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Vice President Joe Biden to Address UAW Members https://uaw.org/vice-president-joe-biden-address-uaw-members/ Wed, 09 Sep 2020 13:58:54 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=29413 Vice President Joe Biden will address UAW members in a speech in Warren, Michigan at 1:15 this afternoon. Visit our Facebook page or JoeBiden.com for a livestream of the event!

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Vice President Joe Biden will address UAW members in a speech in Warren, Michigan at 1:15 this afternoon. Visit our Facebook page or JoeBiden.com for a livestream of the event!

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Labor Matters https://uaw.org/labor-matters/ Mon, 07 Sep 2020 13:06:52 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=29403 Labor Day parades may be canceled this year, but that won’t stop us from sharing our union pride! Check out this video from the Metro Detroit AFL-CIO featuring union members across Michigan sharing messages of solidarity—plus some special guests!

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Labor Day parades may be canceled this year, but that won’t stop us from sharing our union pride! Check out this video from the Metro Detroit AFL-CIO featuring union members across Michigan sharing messages of solidarity—plus some special guests!

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Labor Day Message from UAW President Rory L. Gamble https://uaw.org/labor-day-message-uaw-president-rory-l-gamble/ Mon, 07 Sep 2020 04:19:53 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=29392 In recognition of each and every UAW member and retiree, thank you for your service and your SOLIDARITY.  Thanks to one and all, past and present, for your role in our just cause. Have a safe and happy Labor Day. In Solidarity, Rory L. Gamble   Tune in to labor’s virtual celebrations

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In recognition of each and every UAW member and retiree, thank you for your service and your SOLIDARITY.  Thanks to one and all, past and present, for your role in our just cause.

Have a safe and happy Labor Day.

In Solidarity,

Rory L. Gamble

 


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New Documentary Highlights UAW-Ford Ventilator Production https://uaw.org/new-documentary-highlights-uaw-ford-ventilator-production/ Sun, 06 Sep 2020 17:08:33 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=29399 When Coronavirus struck in the United States, Ford and the UAW stepped up to help ensure that hospitals around the country had the supplies they needed to deal with the influx of patients. A new documentary by Friday Night Lights director Peter Berg shows how the union and the company came together to save American

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When Coronavirus struck in the United States, Ford and the UAW stepped up to help ensure that hospitals around the country had the supplies they needed to deal with the influx of patients. A new documentary by Friday Night Lights director Peter Berg shows how the union and the company came together to save American lives.

The short film gives an inside look at how the project came together and those involved in the difficult decision to bring back UAW volunteers to the plant. UAW President Rory Gamble said of the effort, “We set a common goal and left our differences behind.” Ford CEO Jim Hackett praised Gamble’s leadership saying, “He flawlessly rose to the occasion. He saved a bunch of people’s lives and deserves a ton of credit.”

But the film doesn’t just highlight the decision-makers, there are also interviews with the UAW men and women hard at work in the plants. “We did it during World War II, the UAW members stepped up and that’s exactly what we’re doing now,” said third-generation UAW member Curtis Frizzell on his decision to return to work.

To read more, visit Business Insider and to watch the film, click here >>>

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Labor Day Message from President Rory L. Gamble https://uaw.org/labor-day-2020/ Fri, 04 Sep 2020 18:04:27 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=29386 Brothers and Sisters, As we celebrate Labor Day this Monday, I want to start by saying Thank You.  This year has been utterly unprecedented, and we have had to deal with extraordinary challenges. I want to recognize the hard work and courage of my UAW family in facing this terrible pandemic and working to keep

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Brothers and Sisters,

As we celebrate Labor Day this Monday, I want to start by saying Thank You.  This year has been utterly unprecedented, and we have had to deal with extraordinary challenges. I want to recognize the hard work and courage of my UAW family in facing this terrible pandemic and working to keep one another safe.

Labor Day is the day that we celebrate and recognize the spirit, strength and life-changing contributions of working men and women across this nation. It is the voice, the sacrifice and the unwillingness to give up that defines our labor movement and our union.

So, I would like to remind all of us that it is labor that built America and America’s middle class. It is labor that has brought us fair wages, health care benefits, retirement, health and safety standards, a voice in the workplace and so much more. It is labor that stands up to social and civil injustice and it was the working men and women of this nation that stepped up when our country was in need of critical life-saving Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Our brothers and sisters were among the first to go to work to make PPE, to make ventilators, to staff food banks and help out in countless ways in communities from coast to coast. But then, that is what we do — and what we have always done.

We celebrate this Labor Day differently. Rather than marching shoulder to shoulder, we will attend virtual marches and parades. Speeches will be livestreamed and shared on social platforms. However, one thing that is not changed is that we remain, as always, in kinship and SOLIDARITY.

So, sisters and brothers, however you celebrate Labor Day remember that we are a family. On this holiday, we come together to celebrate our victories, to mourn those we have lost, and stand together, as always, to ensure that the voices of our nation’s workers are never silenced.

I wish you a safe and happy holiday.

In Solidarity,

Rory L. Gamble

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Joint Statement of AFSCME, SEIU and UAW on Filing of a Federal Lawsuit Over MCSC Anti-Worker Attacks https://uaw.org/joint-statement-afscme-seiu-uaw-filing-federal-lawsuit-mcsc-anti-worker-attacks/ Thu, 03 Sep 2020 22:04:48 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=29394 As the country celebrates contributions of workers this Labor Day weekend, a coalition of unions representing Michigan public employees is suing the Michigan Civil Service Commission to stop capricious new rules attacking state employees’ first amendment right to support their union and violating established contract provisions. “We are disappointed, but not surprised that the Michigan

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As the country celebrates contributions of workers this Labor Day weekend, a coalition of unions representing Michigan public employees is suing the Michigan Civil Service Commission to stop capricious new rules attacking state employees’ first amendment right to support their union and violating established contract provisions.

“We are disappointed, but not surprised that the Michigan Civil Service Commission is choosing to blatantly ignore the carefully negotiated collective bargaining agreements they themselves authorized in favor of political attacks. This is part of a long-running campaign against working families in Michigan and across the country, pushed by billionaire-backed anti-worker groups.

“It’s clear that the MCSC rule is meant to create burdens for members to freely associate and be represented in the workplace. Now more than ever, these essential workers, who serve the citizens of Michigan without fail, even during the 2020 pandemic, deserve the right to be represented on crucial health and safety issues without hurdles. Dedicated state employees are testing for COVID in Department of Health labs, distributing unemployment benefits, providing healthcare, safeguarding our prison population, caring for veterans, and keeping our roads, food and water supply safe, among many other duties. Through their unions, they advocate for their families, for good jobs, and for quality public services in Michigan.

“The Commission’s new rule requiring annual reauthorization of dues deduction conflicts with our collective bargaining agreements, which the Commission previously approved, and therefore violates the Contracts Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The Commission’s action also interferes with our members’ freedoms of speech and association under the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the Federal Constitution. These constitutional violations are particularly galling at a time when these hardworking public workers are coping with providing service to all Michiganders during the COVID-19 crisis.

“We ask that the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan uphold the Constitutional rights of the members of UAW, AFSCME and SEIU.”

 

UAW:

“At a time when we are stepping up to serve the public during the pandemic, the Michigan Civil Service Commission is making it harder on us to have representation. They seem to think it’s cute to play games with our union membership rights. I’d much rather they leave us to serve the public in this difficult time and have our union protected from political interference,” said Ed Mitchell, President of UAW Local 6000.

AFSCME:

Tammy Porter, President of AFSCME Local 261 (Grand Rapids Home for Veterans) said “The fact that the Civil Service Commission is fighting to change rules and take away more of our rights at work during a pandemic is unbelievable. I have gone to work every day at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, working hard to care for some of our nation’s most vulnerable heroes. I’ve seen so many of my co-workers going above and beyond these last 6 months, putting ourselves and our families in danger because of this disease. This is the thanks we get? We deserve better than this.”

SEIU:

“I’ve been working around 10 hours a day, six days a week at the Unemployment Insurance Agency, trying to process all the skyrocketing claims so struggling Michiganders can keep a roof over their heads and put food on the table,” said Roland Whitelow, a member of SEIU Local 517M who has been an unemployment insurance agent in Detroit for 18 years. “State employees are dedicated to supporting the people of our state, and all we ask for in return is fair treatment. I have three sons in college, a daughter about to go to college, and all of them plus my wife are on my union-negotiated health insurance. Unions are about protecting working families and the American Dream so we can have a better future, and that’s what we’re fighting for in this case.”

 

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Statement From Uaw President Rory L. Gamble on the Shooting of Jacob Blake https://uaw.org/statement-uaw-president-rory-l-gamble-shooting-jacob-blake/ Mon, 31 Aug 2020 20:19:33 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=29383 The senseless shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, WI, by police officers this past week is yet another horrific tragedy, yet another Black Man shot on an American street. Blake was shot in the back seven times and shot with deadly force in front of his children. As a father and grandfather, I want to

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The senseless shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, WI, by police officers this past week is yet another horrific tragedy, yet another Black Man shot on an American street. Blake was shot in the back seven times and shot with deadly force in front of his children. As a father and grandfather, I want to extend my deepest sympathies to his family.

This incident, like the agonizing death of George Floyd earlier this year at the hands of Minneapolis police and so many others before him, is tearing at the very fabric of our nation.

We must not look away from the ugly truth that is at the core of this national disgrace: it is, plain and simple, systemic racism.

Just one day later, as a nation, we watched in horror as a young man with an assault weapon — shot and killed protesters. A video showed him walking away, right past law enforcement authorities. The reason for shooting protesters: Peacefully speaking out against hate and injustice in the case of Mr. Blake.

We cannot be a nation that defends the right to bear arms, but not the right to bear voice. We cannot be a nation where hate is protected speech, but non-violent protest is not. We cannot be a nation where the implementation of law and order is seen through the prism of the color of skin, ideology, beliefs or simply being different. There is a better angel in our nature.

Hundreds of thousands of Americans — black, brown and white —  have taken to the streets in protest of these shootings, begging our nation and our leaders to stop the violence, stop the senseless deaths and shootings of Black American citizens on American streets by the very people who are supposed to protect us. The vast majority of these protestors are peaceful. And the right to peaceful protest is at the very heart of our nation’s founding, Yet we’ve seen protestors shot, beaten bloody to the ground, doused with tear gas. Violence against Americans who demand an end to violence.

THIS MUST STOP.  NOW.

I have said this before, but I want to repeat it. We must stop letting our differences define us. We are ALL Americans and each and every one of us deserves the protections, the respect and the rights spelled out in our nation’s laws.

But these deaths and this violence against unarmed Black citizens and peaceful protestors has shone a harsh light on the ugly fact that we truly are not all equal in the eyes and actions of many. This is not the America any of us wants. This is not the America so many of us black, brown and white have fought for. This is not the America we promised to our children. We call on our leaders to put an end to this systemic racism. To put an end to unjustified deadly force against Americans. And to finally, really address the racial divide that is crippling our nation.

WE CAN DO BETTER.

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A movement to make our country better https://uaw.org/movement-make-country-better/ Mon, 31 Aug 2020 13:51:27 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=29377 Jared talks about what being a delegate to this year’s Democratic National Convention means to him and why he’s excited to elect Joe Biden this November:

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Jared talks about what being a delegate to this year’s Democratic National Convention means to him and why he’s excited to elect Joe Biden this November:

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Join the Virtual March on Washington https://uaw.org/join-virtual-march-washington/ Thu, 27 Aug 2020 14:11:00 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=29337 On August 28th, activists across the country will gather—physically and virtually—to mark the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington and advocate for policing reform. The Commitment March: Get Your Knee Off Our Necks will call on Congress to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act

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On August 28th, activists across the country will gather—physically and virtually—to mark the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington and advocate for policing reform. The Commitment March: Get Your Knee Off Our Necks will call on Congress to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to ensure equal protection under the law. Speakers will include national leaders in the fight for police reform and voter protection, as well as the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Eric Garner.

We encourage you to join the march virtually and view the program livestream on the National Action Network website at 11 a.m. on August 28th

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American workers—Make your voices heard in November https://uaw.org/american-workers-make-voices-heard-november/ Wed, 26 Aug 2020 20:00:44 +0000 https://uaw.org/?p=29343 Jermaine Harris of UAW Local 900 was a delegate to last week’s Democratic National Convention. Hear why it’s important for American workers to make their voices heard in November and how Jermaine is passing that message on to his children.

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Jermaine Harris of UAW Local 900 was a delegate to last week’s Democratic National Convention. Hear why it’s important for American workers to make their voices heard in November and how Jermaine is passing that message on to his children.

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