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UAW Mourns the Loss of Geri Ochocinska, First Woman Elected Regional Director in UAW History

UAW President Ray Curry and the UAW International Executive Board announced the death Monday of former UAW Region 9 Director Geri Ochocinska. Director Ochocinska was the first woman elected as a Regional Director serving two terms from 1998 until her retirement in 2006. In 1994, Ochocinska was also the first woman to be appointed Assistant Director of Region 9 by legendary Region 9 Director Tom Fricano. “Geri was a pioneering trade unionist who broke the glass ceiling when she was elected Regional Director of Region 9,” said UAW President Ray Curry. “She organized the Rich Ice Cream Company in 1965, ... Read more

Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Vision – and continuing the fight

Brothers and Sisters, President Ray Curry On Monday, we celebrate the great sacrifices and life-changing contributions of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  His vision was one of inclusion, of nonviolence, of respecting the rights of each and every one of us and championing the fact that we are all Americans. So on this Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I’d like to recognize that here at the UAW, we have continued to build on his great legacy. We have picked up the mantle this gone-to-soon Civil Rights giant left for us and we have worked diligently to continue ... Read more

A New Year of Opportunity

My Sisters and Brothers,  President Ray Curry I want to begin this first message of 2022 with a deep sentiment of gratitude for our union and for all the hard work, dedication, and fortitude our UAW family showed this past year. We had many challenges to face together, and I watched this membership rise to each one of them and support one another, as we always do.  We started the year hopeful about a vaccine for Covid-19 becoming available and ended with the realization that we can only manage this deadly pandemic, and the knowledge again that we must all ... Read more

In 2021, Organized Labor is Again Flexing its Muscles

President Ray Curry By Ray Curry, UAW President Jobs. Racial justice. Workplace safety. Equity. These issues, front and center in the minds of millions of Americans for years, were deeply intensified by the pandemic of 2020 and 2021. As the pandemic took full effect, devastating job losses hit minority workers and their families especially hard and the critical role of health and safety protections were never more clearly at the forefront of our conversations than during this terrible pandemic. But as 2021 took hold and a new administration began its work, the long overdue fight to improve working conditions and ... Read more

85th Anniversary of the Flint Sit-Down Strike

Today marks the 85th anniversary of the start of the Flint Sit-Down Strike. Take a look back at the strike that started it all with this video.

1,500 Researchers at University of Washington File to Form a Union

Yesterday, a majority of Research Scientists/Engineers (Assistant-4) from every discipline across all three campuses of the University of Washington filed their representation petition with the Public Employment Relations Commission, seeking to be certified as a new bargaining unit. “Despite the organizing challenges presented by the pandemic, we’ve found ways to have thousands of conversations with our colleagues across the University system about unionizing”, said Ivan Cruz, Research Scientist/Engineer 4 at UW, Seattle. “We heard over and over again from researchers that they are struggling, that they want to make a more diverse and equitable university, and that they would rather ... Read more

Statement from UAW President Ray Curry on the Adoption of Nationwide Emission Regulations that Protect and Create Jobs

Detroit — “President Joe Biden and EPA Administrator Michael Regan have created a win-win for UAW members, the U.S. manufacturing workforce and our environment by putting into place nationwide 2023 to 2026 Model Year (MY) light-duty emission regulations that are good for our air quality, preserve and grow both American jobs and our economy. History has demonstrated that strong standards based on input from stakeholders that include American workers at the table can be an opportunity for both job retention, job creation and environmental protections. Well thought out regulations, such as the Biden Administration’s emission rules today, will promote long-term ... Read more

More than 60 Labor Unions, Environmental Organizations, and Advocacy Groups Urge Inclusion of Union Provision in Build Back Better EV Tax Credit

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, more than 60 labor unions, environmental groups, and faith, consumer, health, and economic justice organizations sent a letter to Senate Democrats urging them to support the inclusion of a bonus tax credit for consumer electric vehicles manufactured in factories where workers are represented by a union, a provision included in the Build Back Better Act. The updated credit offers the expanded benefit to consumers at the point of sale and includes a phased-in domestic manufacturing requirement and collective bargaining bonus. The group’s letter noted that this tax credit is essential to speed EV deployment, create onshore ... Read more

Statement by President Joe Biden On Kellogg Collective Bargaining Negotiations

Collective bargaining is an essential tool to protect the rights of workers that should be free from threats and intimidation from employers. That’s why I am deeply troubled by reports of Kellogg’s plans to permanently replace striking workers from the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International during their ongoing collective bargaining negotiations. Permanently replacing striking workers is an existential attack on the union and its members’ jobs and livelihoods. I have long opposed permanent striker replacements and I strongly support legislation that would ban that practice. And such action undermines the critical role collective bargaining plays in providing ... Read more

UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada Receives Jewish Labor Committee’s Human Rights Award

UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada will be honored December 16th with the Jewish Labor Committee’s 2021 Human Rights Award along with Fred Redmond AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer and Richard Maroko, President of the New York Hotel and Gaming Trades Council. “I am honored to be the presenter for Vice President Cindy Estrada during the Jewish Labor Committee’s virtual awards event,” said Ray Curry, President of the UAW. “Cindy works every day with a goal of preserving the dignity of all human rights in our workplace and our society. Her commitment and focused leadership have kept the proud UAW tradition of human rights advocacy ... Read more