Category: News Release

Daimler Trucks Votes by 98% to Support a Strike Friday If Sanctioned by the UAW

Terry Dittes UAW Vice President and Director of the Heavy Truck Department issued the following statement Tuesday:   “The membership at Daimler Trucks voted by a 98% margin to support a strike if sanctioned by the International Union.  This strike authorization development is due to the fact that an agreement has not yet been reached on a contract that expires on Friday April 20th, 2018 for some 7,000 UAW represented Daimler Truck members.”

UAW Endorses Pat Miles for Michigan Attorney General

DETROIT – Citing a people first agenda that protects workers’ rights, fosters transparency in government, protects the rights of Michiganders, the UAW this morning announced the endorsement of Pat Miles for Michigan Attorney General. “Pat Miles brings the experience to the table from fighting for our neighborhoods by prosecuting street gangs to protecting Michiganders from drug companies defrauding our government. Pat understands that the Michigan Attorney General’s office is about law enforcement not politics,” said Dennis Williams, President of the UAW. Miles, whose grandparents were UAW members, said he would protect the work and safety rights of working families. “Michigan ... Read more

UAW Endorses Jocelyn Benson for Michigan Secretary of State

DETROIT – The UAW announced the endorsement of Jocelyn Benson today, citing her commitment to efficient service for Michigan voters and Michigan drivers. Benson is experienced in voting election law and has vowed to make driver’s license renewal an efficient 30-minute process. “In Jocelyn Benson, Michigan has an experienced, fair-minded public servant who puts people before politics,” said Dennis Williams, President of the UAW. “We need to take politics out of the voting process and Jocelyn Benson understands that her job is to make it easy for eligible voters to participate in elections. She will put an end to partisan ... Read more

NLRB finds merit to charges filed against Tesla, issues complaint and sets trial date for June 11

Complaint supports workers’ charges that Tesla’s harassment, intimidation and biased terminations violated their rights Oakland, CA – The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has handed down a complaint against Tesla, finding merit to a series of charges that were filed against the company over the past several months. Charges range from terminating employees in retaliation for engaging in union and/or protected activities to unlawful interrogations of union supporters and more. A full copy of the complaint is attached here. In part, the complaint reads: “By the conduct described above in paragraphs 7 and 8(b) through 8(e), Respondent has been interfering with, ... Read more

UAW Grows by Almost 15,000 New Members in 2017; 75,000 New Members Since 2009

DETROIT — UAW membership in 2017 grew by almost 15,000 members, the union is reporting in its Labor Organization Annual Report, Form LM-2, which was filed today with the U.S. Department of Labor. The report shows UAW membership at 430,871 in 2017, compared to 415,963 in 2016. This marks the ninth straight year of membership growth. “The state of the UAW is strong,” said UAW President Dennis Williams. “We are organizing and growing at a steady pace.” UAW membership also climbed as a result of organizing drives in gaming, higher education, heavy truck and automotive suppliers as well as some ... Read more

‘American Idle’ No More

UAW Launches BuildBuyUSA Song and Video Contest; $5.000 Prize to Update ‘Look for the Union Label’ Jingle Detroit, Mich. — The UAW wants Americans to buy American. And sing about it. The union, which represents automobile, aerospace and agricultural implement workers, launched a video contest to get Americans thinking about the value of buying goods manufactured in their communities. “By manufacturing goods in the United States and spending our consumer dollars on those goods, we strengthen our communities from the ground up,” said UAW International President Dennis Williams. “This contest is an innovative way to get Americans to think about how ... Read more

Labor Leaders Deliver Unified Trade Message to President Trump


Six labor leaders made the following statement after today’s trade meeting with President Trump:  Labor is united in its view that NAFTA is a disaster for working people and must be fixed. We had a very productive meeting which made clear to the president that a new NAFTA must create fair and balanced trade in North America. Real solutions for any new trade deal must dramatically improve workers’ rights and raise wages and living standards in all three countries. Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO President Chris Shelton, Communications Workers of America President Robert Martinez. Jr., International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers ... Read more

Statement from UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada on Average $11,750 Profit Sharing Per Member

“Today’s General Motors profit sharing, established under the 2015 contract negotiations, recognizes that UAW GM members’ hard work is an essential part of General Motors sales and profits. UAW members at GM negotiated a well-deserved share in the profits of their hard work and sacrifice.”

Workers Outraged at Columbia’s Refusal to Bargain with Grad Worker Union

Workers Outraged, City Councilman Levine “Disappointed” at Columbia’s Decision to Break the Law and Refuse to Bargain with Grad Worker Union New York City – Graduate workers at Columbia and their allies reacted strongly yesterday when the University announced it plans to break the law by refusing to bargain with their union, which was certified by the National Labor Relations Board last month.  Columbia’s position isolates them in New York City, where both NYU and the New School have respected democratic votes on unionization and bargain with their graduate workers. Columbia’s decision comes as graduate worker organizing gains momentum across ... Read more

Jeff Binz Elected UAW Region 9 Director

Buffalo, N.Y. — Jeff Binz was elected UAW Region 9 director today at a 2018 UAW Region 9 Special Convention, in Buffalo, New York, to fill the remaining term of former director Terry Dittes, who was elected as a UAW Vice President in January 2018. As director, Binz serves on the UAW International Executive Board. “In Region 9, we are a team. The hard-working members here bring the same spirit to their work and communities as Walter Reuther and our other great leaders have done since then. I plan to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with them as we continue fighting for good ... Read more