Category: News Release

Statement from UAW President Dennis Williams on the UAW’s Zero Tolerance Policy over Sexual Harassment

“Let me be very clear about this. The UAW has a policy of no tolerance – zero tolerance – when it comes to sexual harassment. Working men and women have to understand that people ought to be able to go to the workplace without being harassed for any reason whatsoever. Training and education around these issues has been, and continues to be, an important component of the UAW’s strategy to provide the Union and its members with the tools needed to combat harassment.”

UAW Statement on the FCA Announcement of Additional Production in the United States

“The UAW has had an ongoing dialogue with FCA, dating back prior to the 2015 negotiations about the trucks moving back to U.S. production from Mexico and the additional jobs that come with it. The UAW is committed to working with FCA to increase domestic production that will increase employment for our members in our communities. We will be conducting further meetings in the coming weeks to discuss the details on the welcome news FCA made on January 11th.” -UAW President Dennis Williams and UAW Vice President Terry Dittes

Statement of the UAW on NLRB General Counsel’s Decision to Withdraw Complaint Against Honeywell

NLRB General Counsel, Newly-Appointed by President Trump, Denies Workers Their Day in Court (Detroit) — Late yesterday, at the direction of newly-appointed National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel Peter Robb, the agency withdrew the complaint and cancelled the trial. On July 7, 2017, the NLRB issued a complaint against Honeywell alleging that its ten-month lockout of workers in South Bend, IN and Green Island NY violated federal labor law.  Honeywell locked out over 350 UAW workers after they refused to agree to Honeywell’s proposal that the Company be allowed to unilaterally change, among other things, the terms of their ... Read more

Dittes Elected as UAW International Vice President

DETROIT — The UAW International Executive Board on Tuesday elected Region 9 Director Terry Dittes as a UAW International Vice President, replacing Norwood Jewell who retired Dec. 31. UAW President Dennis Williams congratulated Dittes, who brings bargaining experience at the local, regional and national levels, and experienced leadership to the job. Dittes will serve out the remainder of the term and stand election to a full term in June at the UAW’s International Constitutional Convention. Dittes has experience as a local union leader, a servicing representative, as head of the UAW’s International Gaming Department and as a regional leader. Dittes ... Read more

Statement from UAW President Dennis Williams on passage of the Republican tax bill

Yesterday was a sad day for our country and for working families. The Republican Controlled Congress ignored the voices of their constituents, including tens of thousands of UAW members and retirees, to deliver tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations that American workers and their families will feel for generations. It provides major incentives for corporations to send jobs overseas. Corporations investing in the United States will pay 21 percent in U.S. tax while ones that outsource those same jobs would pay far less. This new bill does nothing to boost wages and create good jobs. Paul Krugman summed it ... Read more

NLRB Rules That Harvard Prevented a Free and Fair Union Election

Decision denies Harvard’s appeal to national board, clearing the path for a new fair election Cambridge, MA – This morning, the National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C., denied Harvard’s challenge to the NLRB Regional Director’s decision, which ordered a new, fair election after it was confirmed  that Harvard had left over 500 people off the list of eligible voters for the union election that was held last November. A copy of the order is attached. “This is another great victory for graduate workers in the UAW and a shot in the arm to this growing movement,” said UAW Region ... Read more

Nissan Workers, UAW Official, Human Rights Expert to Testify Before Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Hearing will address the attack on human rights in the U.S. automotive industry, and will focus on the case of Nissan in Mississippi The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, a body of the Organization of American States, is set to hear testimony about the effective denial of the right to collective bargaining for U.S. workers, in the auto industry and throughout the economy. The hearing will focus on the anti-union campaign conducted by Nissan in Mississippi. Nissan workers will testify about their personal experiences during the anti-union campaign. Experts will testify that U.S. corporations and right-wing politicians have waged a ... Read more

UAW Files Charges Against Tesla on Behalf of Unfairly Terminated Workers

The filing lays out six charges that range from intimidation and harassment to the unfair termination of employees to discourage protected, concerted activity.  Oakland, Ca. – The International Union, UAW filed unfair labor practice (ULP) charges against Tesla, Inc. yesterday afternoon at the National Labor Relations Board’s Oakland office. The filing, which is attached, lays out six charges, including intimidating and harassing employees, terminating a group of employees to discourage protected concerted activity, disciplining employees for wearing items with the Union’s logo, terminating and/or disciplining employees in retaliation for participating in protected concerted activities, and more. Tesla, which recently fired ... Read more

Two Thousand UAW Members Rally to Show Support for Fuyao Workers NLRB sets election for Nov 8-9

MORAINE, Ohio — Two thousand UAW members, Dayton-area residents, family members and supporters from throughout Ohio and Indiana turned out today to show support for Fuyao Glass Plant workers who on Oct. 16 filed a request with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for a representation election at the Ohio plant. On Tuesday, the NLRB set the election for Nov. 8-9 at the plant. “We want Fuyao workers to know that they’re not alone. We’re here and we support them,” said Rich Rankin, UAW Region 2B director. “There are thousands of people here to show them that there is strength in ... Read more

UAW President Dennis Williams Delivers Remarks Ahead of Human Rights Award Presentation to Jailed South Korean Labor Leader

(ST. LOUIS, Missouri) – Standing before U.S. and international labor leaders at the AFL-CIO national convention Tuesday, UAW President Dennis Williams delivered remarks before AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka presented the storied George Meany-Lane Kirkland Human Rights Award to the jailed Korean labor leader Han Sang-gyun (pronounced HAHN SAHNG-GUHN). Since December 2015, Sang-gyun, president of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), has been incarcerated and KCTU General Secretary Lee Young-joo has been under house arrest.  The charges against both unionists relate to organizing a public protest against regressive labor law reforms put forth by the government of former South Korean President ... Read more