Category: Member News

UAW International Executive Board Names Gerald Kariem Vice President and Director of the UAW Ford Department

Detroit – UAW Region 1D Director Gerald Kariem was unanimously selected by the UAW International Board to the position of Vice President and Director of the UAW Ford Department. Kariem will serve out the term left vacant when Rory Gamble was elected President last Fall. “Gerald brings a wealth of leadership in contract implementation, and he will be able to pick up on the recently ratified Ford contract,” said UAW President Gamble. “His experience in implementing the merger of Regions 1C and 1D and building teamwork through his leadership will be invaluable as we implement reforms within the UAW.” During ... Read more

Statement of UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada, Director of the UAW FCA Department, on the Merger of Peugeot and FCA

“There are many challenges in the auto industry today and we hope that this will bring opportunities for growth that will benefit UAW members and our communities,” said UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada, Director of the UAW FCA Department. “We know that FCA North America production is highly profitable and there is minimal product overlap at this time. We look forward to hearing more details in the future and working together to continue to make FCA a success and bring about job security for our members.”

UAW FCA Members Ratify Contract

DETROIT – UAW FCA US members ratified the 2019 Collective Bargaining Agreement by overall 71% (Hourly 74%; Skilled Trades 59%; Salary Bargaining Unit 67%), the UAW announced this evening. “Every full-time production employee currently at FCA will be at top rate by the end of this four-year agreement,” said Cindy Estrada, UAW Vice President and Director of the UAW FCA Department. “All temporary workers now have a defined pathway to full time and top pay as well.” The pattern agreement provides a pathway for temporary and full-time workers to top pay; creates parity on full-time worker health care; adds coverage ... Read more

National UAW-FCA Council Votes on Proposed Tentative Agreement, Sends for Ratification Vote

Detroit – The National UAW-FCA Council convened today and voted to send the proposed hourly and salary Tentative Agreements with FCA for a ratification vote of UAW members. In doing so, the UAW released details of the tentative agreements as approved by the UAW-FCA National Negotiators and the Council. The National UAW-FCA Council consists of FCA local leaders nationwide. Local Unions will now proceed with informational meetings and ratification votes at all FCA local unions to be held beginning Friday, December 6. “This pattern agreement lifts all current full-time employees to top pay in four years; provides parity on health ... Read more

Warm against the cold

Volunteers join UAW Acting President’s 5th Sleeping Bag Drive to Help Detroit Homeless Today, UAW members and Metro Detroit residents flowed into a local Detroit McDonald’s restaurant to show their support and join UAW Acting President Rory Gamble in a community effort to raise money for sleeping bags and winter necessities for homeless residents in the Detroit area. The fundraiser kicked off with the Bed-in-a-Bag Radiothon, with local radio personality Mildred Gaddis broadcasting live on 105.9 FM. The radiothon included an interview with Michigan Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist.  This year’s goal is to raise more than $35,000 and distribute at ... Read more

UAW retirees lend a hand to local coal miners

Left: Miners with UAW retirees on the tracks. Retirees are: Lawrence Hamilton (red shirt, far left); Cliff Cantrell (far right); Pam Hamilton (in back with sign); Nolla Kelly (middle with sign). Right: UAW retirees delivered two truckloads of food to help the miners and their families in Harlem County, Kentucky. Nearly 600 coal miners have been locked out of their jobs since July when Blackjewel coal company abruptly filed for bankruptcy and shut down two coal mines in Kentucky. The workers were left without pay and facing an uncertain future. They had been camping out on the railroad tracks to ... Read more

UAW reached tentative agreement with General Dynamics

DETROIT – UAW members at General Dynamics Corporation have announced that they have reached tentative agreement today. “The bargaining committees at General Dynamics have worked hard to reach a fair agreement for our members that protects job security, wages and benefits,” said UAW Secretary-Treasurer Ray Curry, director of the UAW General Dynamics Department. General Dynamics  is the fifth largest defense contractor in the United States and has UAW members at manufacturing plants in Lima, Oh, Scranton, PA and Sterling Heights, MI. Details of the contract will be withheld until UAW members can be briefed on the Tentative Agreement prior to ... Read more

UAW Mack Truck Members Strike – Update

UAW Mack Truck workers sacrifice for fair pay, benefits and job security protections Detroit – Approaching a week, UAW Mack Truck workers continue to strike for fair pay, benefits and job security protections. “We appreciate the picket line solidarity of our members across three states and six locations as they work for a fair contract,” said UAW Secretary-Treasurer Ray Curry, director of the UAW Heavy Truck Department. Curry said there has been an outpouring of community support. “It is not easy to strike – on workers, on their families, and on their communities,” said Curry. “Public support means so much in ... Read more

OFFICIAL UAW STATEMENT: UAW URGES GENERAL MOTORS TO STOP PLAYING GAMES AT THE EXPENSE OF WORKERS

Since the beginning of this negotiation, GM has not taken the issue of our more than 48,000 members seriously. In fact, at every step of the way, GM has attempted to undermine the ongoing, good-faith efforts the UAW has made to end this strike. The company’s strategy from day one has been to play games at the expense of the workers. It has released half-truths, ripped away health care in the middle of the night and it reverted to previously weak and unacceptable proposals in response to the UAW’s comprehensive solutions. Our members are ready to get back to work, ... Read more

Update from UAW-GM Vice President Terry Dittes to GM Members

National Strike – Day 19 Dear Union Brothers and Sisters: Since the last update, we have made good progress regarding the issues of health care and a path for temporary employees becoming seniority members. We still have several of your proposals outstanding and unsettled like wages, job security, skilled trades and pension. The staff and your elected Bargaining Committee from both hourly and salary have been working long hours and aggressively addressing your needs. We will continue to work over the weekend in an attempt to reach a Tentative Agreement on behalf of you and your families. Thank you for ... Read more