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FREEP – UAW chief: GM cuts show labor contracts are more essential than ever

UAW members at General Motors plants are at a pivotal time in their lives. Faced with facility shutdowns and thousands of lost jobs — all while heading into 2019’s collective bargaining process — their tomorrows bring uncertainty, questions and fear. But what it doesn’t bring is feeling alone. Because for the more than 130,000 UAW members affected by this next round of Detroit Three bargaining, they know the UAW has their back… Read more at www.freep.com >>>

White Shirt Day

Today, UAW members celebrate White Shirt Day, honoring the workers who participated in the Flint Sit-Down Strike of 1936 and 1937. In the face of anti-union sentiment, brutal working conditions, and low wages, men and women working for General Motors came together to orchestrate a historic sit-in, where they occupied the Flint factory and demanded a seat at the bargaining table with GM. On February 11th, 1937, the tumultuous two month sit-in came to a close. For the first time, General Motors agreed to recognize the United Autoworkers Union as the official bargaining representative of all GM employees, securing pay ... Read more

UAW Helps Win Release of Zimbabwean Trade Unionists

Peter Mutasa, President of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) and ZCTU General Secretary Japhet Moyo were released on bail this week following strong demands from the UAW and others.  The two were arrested as part of the Zimbabwe government’s repressive response to the ZCTU’s “Stay Away” of January 14-16, 2019.  The purpose of the “Stay Away” was to demand a reversal of a fuel price increase that exceeded 200%. The price increase worsened an already unbearably high cost of living. Police and security forces violently attacked peaceful protesters. According to the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO forum, there were ... Read more

Statement of UAW President Gary Jones on the Passing of Former Representative John Dingell

We celebrate the life of a true friend to UAW members tonight. John Dingell’s voice filled the halls of Congress with a message of hope for working families in a career spanning nearly 60 years. He was a legend in the halls of Congress. But in Michigan he was that rare accessible hero that would fight for our paychecks, our health care, our labor rights and our civil and human rights. Let the words of history honor his integrity, wit and the impact he still has on our daily lives. And we give thanks to Debbie and his children for ... Read more

Statement from UAW Vice President Rory Gamble on Ford Chicago Investment Announcement

“Ford’s investment announcement of 500 additional jobs and over $1 billion in plant investments is a testament to the quality and hard work of UAW Ford Members,” said Rory Gamble, Vice President of the UAW Ford Department. “Every day UAW Ford members head to work, proud of the products they build and the craftsmanship required in vehicles like the Explorer, Aviator and Police Interceptor. Ford’s investment announcement demonstrates a commitment to the dedication of UAW members in Chicago.”

Joint Statement From UAW President Gary Jones and Unifor President Jerry Dias

“As is our common practice, as Presidents of the UAW and Unifor we met with UAW GM Vice President Terry Dittes last night for dinner, and again this morning, to discuss joint issues involving International Trade, International Unions and common issues related to our unions. This has been a common practice and as you know we are united in our history. Unifor and the UAW are and always have been committed to act in solidarity on behalf of our members and working families in Canada and the United States. United we are stronger. And we remain united through our shared ... Read more

Statement from UAW-FCA Vice President Cindy Estrada on FCA’s 2018 Profit-Sharing Announcement

Because of their hard work, dedication and through collective bargaining UAW FCA members will receive an average profit share of $6,000. UAW members take great pride in building quality products that our customers want to buy. We look forward to working with FCA for continued success in building great union-made vehicles here in the United States long into the future.

Statement from UAW Vice President Terry Dittes on GM Profit Sharing Announcement

The UAW Membership makes the components for and builds the finest General Motors cars, trucks, crossovers, SUVs and vans in the world right here in the U.S.A. That is the driving force behind propelling GM to make $10.769 billion in net profits in the U.S. for 2018. Profit Sharing payments to UAW-GM Members up to $10,750 is because the UAW proposed this during Negotiations; achieved it at the bargaining table and our members ratified it.

Statement of UAW President Gary Jones Regarding Tonight’s State of the Union Speech

“Tonight’s speech is an important reminder that there is much to do for the American worker and their families. UAW Local Presidents from Lordstown, OH Local 1112 and Warren, MI Local 909 are in House Chambers as symbolic reminders of the failure of trade and industrial policies in our Nation. The dignity of work — of a good job with living wages and benefits, is not a partisan issue. If there is hope for finding common ground in Washington let it be progress for the workers in Lordstown, Detroit and Baltimore and all over this Nation who have watched their ... Read more

Statement of UAW GM Vice President Terry Dittes on the announcement of GM Flint Investments for the Silverado HD

“Today’s investment in the Silverado HD is a credit to the hard work and craftsmanship of UAW GM members in Flint. UAW GM members are proud of the Silverados they build and these investments to an enhanced 2020 Silverado HD are a strong commitment to their work, their families and the Flint community.”