Category: News Release

Statement from UAW President Gary Jones on SCOTUS Janus Decision

“Today’s Supreme Court Janus decision is yet another effort to put obstacles in front of working men and women to join collectively behind the power of a unified voice. To be clear, labor will survive. But to be equally clear, our elections do matter, as the appointment of conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch by the Republican-led Senate left little doubt about the outcome of this decision. The Janus decision is just another barrier and another attack on working men and women. It cannot, however, take away the powerful voice that UAW members and other unions deliver when they sit across the table and collectively bargain ... Read more

Statement From UAW Vice President and Director of the UAW-GM Department Terry Dittes on GM’s Blazer Announcement

“This news that the iconic Blazer nameplate will be built in Mexico is disappointing to UAW families and communities across this country. GM employs over 15,000 production workers in Mexico, pays the workers less than $3 per hour and exports over 80% of the vehicles to the U.S. to sell here. This is all happening while UAW-GM workers here in the U.S are laid off and unemployed. We in the UAW have always supported products manufactured and produced in the U.S. and will continue to do so as a part of the fabric of our union.”

UAW VP Cindy Estrada, Director of the FCA Department, Congratulates Belvidere UAW Members on Jeep Cherokee Most American Award

Cars.com has released its annual American-Made Index, naming the 2018 Jeep Cherokee the most American-made vehicle. The Index ranks cars based on the percentage of parts and supplies originating in the United States. The Jeep Cherokee, assembled by UAW members in Belvidere, Illinois, rose from number 2 in the 2017 rankings to take this year’s top spot. Cindy Estrada, Director of the UAW FCA Department, congratulated the workers who assemble the Jeep Cherokee, saying “Our UAW members in Belvidere take great pride in the quality American craftsmanship that goes into each Jeep Cherokee. We need more products like the Cherokee, built ... Read more

Statement from UAW Vice President Terry Dittes Director of the UAW-GM Department on Investment in Lansing Grand River

“General Motors investment in Lansing Grand River is welcome news for UAW members and U.S. consumers where GM makes the majority of their company profits. We hope General Motors continues the policy of “we build, where we sell” as American taxpayers counted on that commitment during GM’s darkest days when they were on the brink of bankruptcy.”

Student Employees at The New School (SENS-UAW) Go on Strike

Academic workers head to the picket line after nine months of bargaining and a 99.4% strike authorization vote New York City – Student workers represented by SENS-UAW (Student Employees at The New School–United Auto Workers) went on strike this morning after a 99.4% strike authorization vote by their membership. SENS-UAW has been at the bargaining table with The New School since August of 2017 in an effort to secure a first contract, and negotiations are expected to continue throughout the strike. Strike hours will be from 10 am to 6 pm, with concentrated picketing from 11 am to 3 pm, ... Read more

UAW Endorses Michigan Supreme Court Justices

DETROIT – The UAW today issued endorsements for Megan Cavanagh and Sam Bagenstos for Michigan Supreme Court Justices. “After careful screening UAW members believe that Megan Cavanagh and Sam Bagenstos will judge with integrity and sensitivity to the working men and women of Michigan,” said Dennis Williams President of the UAW. Bagenstos is a nationally respected litigator of civil rights cases. A Harvard Law School graduate, Bagenstos clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, served as the number 2 official in the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights division under President Barack Obama and is a Professor at the University of ... Read more

Harvard Graduate Student Union-UAW Applauds Harvard’s Decision to Bargain

Harvard’s Graduate Student Union (HGSU-UAW) applauded Harvard’s announcement today that they will honor the clear majority vote in favor of unionization, and move to bargain with the union. 56% of voters favored the union in an election that has been certified by the National Labor Relations Board. In an email to the Harvard community that went out on Tuesday, University Provost Alan M. Garber wrote: “In light of the outcome of the vote and the existing NLRB precedent, Harvard is prepared to begin good-faith negotiations, guided by our fundamental commitments as an academic institution.” “We applaud Harvard for doing the ... Read more

Gretchen Whitmer Partners with Labor for Bottled Water Distribution

Gretchen Whitmer Partners with Labor for Bottled Water Distribution Whitmer Joined Teamsters and UAW to Distribute Bottled Water in Flint Today, former Senate Democratic Leader and Ingham County Prosecutor Gretchen Whitmer partnered with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the United Auto Workers for a bottled water distribution event in Flint, Michigan. Michigan Teamsters Joint Council #43 President Greg Nowak said Whitmer’s time on the front lines of the fight to ensure every community has access to clean, safe water makes her our strongest candidate to get things done for the people of Michigan. “We’re here today because once again, ... Read more

Columbia Grad Workers Are on Strike

Sixteen months after graduate workers won a federally-certified union election, Columbia’s refusal to bargain sends workers to the picket lines New York City – After an overwhelming 93% strike authorization vote earlier this month, and after offering the university the choice to avoid a strike by coming to the bargaining table, Columbia graduate workers are on strike. Instead of teaching, grading papers and performing research during the last week of classes, Teaching and Research Assistants across campus are walking picket lines. Picket times and locations are as listed, and press is welcome. Tuesday 4/24: 10am to 3pm (Low) Wednesday 4/25: ... Read more

Statement from the UAW on status of Daimler Truck Negotiations

“Some progress was made in the Daimler Truck negotiations, but fell way short of reaching a tentative agreement to present to our members. The parties agreed to extend the Collective Bargaining Agreement on a day by day basis and schedule additional Bargaining Sessions”. Terry Dittes UAW Vice President and Director of the Heavy Truck Department said “We will continue to negotiate with the employer and use whatever means necessary until we achieve terms of a contract that we can be proud of to bring to our membership to ratify”.