DETROIT – After a meeting of the UAW International Executive Board, the UAW announced today that it has increased its weekly strike pay for members from $275 per week to $400 per week. Eligibility for weekly benefits will still begin on the 8th day of a strike. In addition, the UAW eliminated a provision that a member may not receive UAW strike benefits if the member received unemployment benefits. “UAW members who strike are fighting to hold their employers accountable,” says UAW President Ray Curry. “Our striking members and their families deserve our solidarity, and this increased benefit will help ... Read more
UAW President Ray Curry Statement on UAW Priorities as We Head into 38th Constitutional Convention After two long years of living with the difficult conditions caused by the pandemic, our union is emerging strong and energized. In less than two months, we convene to debate the important matters facing our union. It is a healthy process that strengthens our democracy, and we all look forward to gathering in Detroit from July 25-28. There are some principles that the UAW stands for, however, that are not subject to debate. They are fundamental. They guide us today and tomorrow. For almost eighty-seven ... Read more
Detroit – UAW commends today’s announcement from Ford Motor Company. “This announcement is a testament to UAW members who contribute their skill, experience, and knowledge to the success of Ford Motor Company,” says UAW President Ray Curry. “We are always advocating to employers and legislators that union jobs are worth the investment. Ford stepped up to the plate by adding these jobs and converting 3000 UAW members to permanent, full-time status with benefits.” “The essential necessity of quality healthcare and full-time employment are longstanding principles that have been communicated to the Company by the UAW International Union and our UAW ... Read more
Vincent Chin was 27 years old and about to be married when he was murdered during a time of heightened anti-Japanese emotions. (Public Domain Photo) Forty years ago, when anti-Asian feelings were on the rise in Detroit’s auto plants, a Chinese American worker was murdered. What role did bigotry and prejudice play in his death? Since the first workers began organizing, unions have been driven by an urgent need to seek justice and fairness for all. Unions do not come into being just because of outrage: we channel our anger into seeing that individuals are treated fairly and justly. It is ... Read more
Today CNH Industrial released a statement regarding the status of contract negotiations with the UAW. In response to the company’s statement, the UAW provides the following assessment of negotiations. CNH Industrial entered negotiations with a predetermined bargaining strategy based on the principles of fear and intimidation. After a month of offering little resolve to bargaining issues submitted by UAW members themselves, the UAW utilized the authority granted by an overwhelming majority of our membership and took strike action against CNH Industrial. The company immediately deployed a scab workforce that they assembled prior to the contract deadline in anticipation of a ... Read more
Detroit – Today, Stellantis NV announced it will be building a new battery plant in Kokomo, Indiana, as part of a joint venture with Samsung. “UAW applauds the decision to invest in domestic production, and our union looks forward to being a part of its success,” says UAW President Ray Curry. “As President Biden recently said during his visit to South Korea, the most highly skilled and dedicated and engaged workers in the world are American union members. We look forward to having UAW members be a part of the success of this new joint venture.” Vice President Cindy Estrada, ... Read more
Region 4 members meet with Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) The morning gets busy Day three of the National Cap Conference began as the delegates attended Regional breakfasts to plan their lobby day. Among elected officials who also shared breakfast with UAW delegates were Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Elissa Slotkin (D-MI 8th), Debbie Dingell (D-MI 12th) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI 13th) among others. While CAP Conference Delegates planned their day, the National Veterans Advisory Council met to discuss issues affecting our many UAW members who have served in the military. President Curry – himself an Army veteran – addressed them at ... Read more
Plenary Begins The day began early with a robust agenda of speakers and panelists that touched upon the mission of UAW National CAP Conference delegates this week. The participants listened to uplifting and inspiring speeches on a variety of topics that are close the hearts of men and women across the country. Each speaker had a perspective that rings true to labor and their presentations reinforced the importance of the upcoming midterm elections. Corey Frost, President, Local 898, Region 1A For Corey Frost (President of Local 898 in Region 1A), hearing from officials who understand the day-to-day issues in the ... Read more
Our union grieves for the senseless and cruel loss of life suffered in Buffalo, New York, yesterday. Ten families are forever changed because of hate, and our nation will bear another scar. Our members are a vital part of the Buffalo community, and we mourn with them and pray for healing.
The UAW remains committed to the process laid out in the Consent Decree that our union entered into in 2020. Prior to the Consent Decree, our union had started implementing ethical and financial reforms, and the pace of change has not abated as we must restore full confidence in our union. We are ready to move forward with the International Executive Board elections as outlined in the Monitor’s official rule The Monitor’s Notice of 2022 UAW Election can be found here.