Category: News

Statement of UAW Vice President Terry Dittes on GM Investments in Tonawanda and Spring Hill

“UAW members during the 40-day strike last fall received significant economic commitments to many plants. Under the direction of Region 9 Director Jeff Binz, the $6.7 million investment at GM’s Tonawanda Plant will continue UAW members’ quality work on the 5.3L V8 engines they provide. In Spring Hill, an over $40 million commitment under the direction of Region 8 Director Mitchell Smith will significantly expand the production capacity on the V8 engine as well. These investments through the 2019 collective bargaining agreement provide significant job security in both New York and Tennessee for UAW members, their families and their communities.”

Statement of UAW President Rory Gamble in the Phase 1 Trade Agreement with China

“Over the past several decades, corporate driven trade deals and tax laws with anti-labor incentives have rewarded companies that abandoned U.S. workers and communities. This has resulted in millions of good manufacturing jobs being shipped overseas to countries that trample workers’ rights, suppress workers’ wages and diminish dignity on the job. China is one of those countries – and as you would assume, over this time, our trade deficit with China has exploded. Between 2001 and 2018, the U.S. trade deficit in goods grew over 500%, to over $400 billion in in 2018. According to the Economic Policy Institute, trade with China over ... Read more

UAW International Executive Board Names Gerald Kariem Vice President and Director of the UAW Ford Department

Detroit – UAW Region 1D Director Gerald Kariem was unanimously selected by the UAW International Board to the position of Vice President and Director of the UAW Ford Department. Kariem will serve out the term left vacant when Rory Gamble was elected President last Fall. “Gerald brings a wealth of leadership in contract implementation, and he will be able to pick up on the recently ratified Ford contract,” said UAW President Gamble. “His experience in implementing the merger of Regions 1C and 1D and building teamwork through his leadership will be invaluable as we implement reforms within the UAW.” During ... Read more

Statement from UAW President Rory Gamble on Chevrolet Corvette named 2020 North American Car of the Year and Jeep Gladiator named 2020 North American Truck of the Year

The 2020 North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year awards named the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray the 2020 Car of the Year and the Jeep Gladiator the 2020 North American Truck of the Year, both vehicles built by proud UAW members. This is an honor for our union and testament to the top quality workmanship that UAW members bring to the job every day. Our sisters and brothers at UAW Local 2164, who build the Corvette in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and our UAW Local 12 members, who build the Jeep Gladiator in Toledo, Ohio, bring their dedication and industry-leading ... Read more

Statement from UAW International Executive Board and President Rory Gamble on Earthquakes in Puerto Rico

The UAW has more than 5,000 members living and working in Puerto Rico. While still reeling from the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria, the Island has been shaken by two significant earthquakes and over 950 smaller quakes in the past two weeks. Our entire International Executive Board is concerned and is holding our members, their families and all Commonwealth residents in our thoughts and prayers. Through the Region’s Director, Beverley Brakeman, we are learning about the earthquake’s impact upon our members. While the quakes have been largely concentrated in the southwestern part of the Island, nearly 75% of the Island ... Read more

More than 1,500 Temporary Ford and GM Workers Made Full-Time Seniority Employees

On Monday, GM and Ford announced that 1,522 temporary workers would be moved to full-time status, with more promotions to come. GM has promoted 930 employees across 30 facilities, with Ford transitioning 592 temporary workers. The move comes shortly after UAW members across the Big 3 ratified contracts which pledged to convert temporary workers to full-time status. FCA is still working to implement the changes, while GM and Ford say they will continue to transition additional workers in the coming months.

Secretary-Treasurer Ray Curry: Looking to 2020 — Put Your Vote to WORK!

If you work for a living but are somewhat up in the air about who to vote for in 2020 or for that matter, if you should even bother getting to that crowded polling place, I’d like to ask that you indulge me for a minute. Because I’ve got a story to tell you that might help with your decision. A story of working people and politicians who are working against all of us — everyday. I’d like to go back to 1980, the year that Ronald Reagan was campaigning to the 40th president of the United States. Much of ... Read more

Statement of UAW President Rory Gamble on U.S.-Iran tensions

“I know many of my brothers and sisters are concerned and worried as the tensions between the United States and Iran build. During this time of unrest and high concern, I would like to urge that we all watch out for one another and that we say a prayer for our brothers and sisters who may be sent into this conflict. Please be careful as you go about your day and look out for your friends, family and neighbors. This is an extremely stressful time for our nation. I urge you also to be wary of rumors. We must all ... Read more

Labor Voices: Keep prescription costs affordable

For far too long, America has been in crisis mode when it comes to prescription drug costs. Families and individuals have had to decide between buying groceries or paying the mortgage and purchasing life-saving medicines. The recent passage of the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act (H.R. 3) by the House of Representatives is a positive step forward out of this crisis, and a promising day for many Americans. H.R. 3, introduced by New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., works to establish a fair price negotiation program, protect the Medicare program from excessive price increases, and establish an out-of-pocket maximum ... Read more

Holiday Snack and Beverage Guide

For most, December is a season of family gatherings and holiday parties. Whether you’re hosting or bringing a dish to pass, consider union-made refreshments to support quality, good-paying jobs in our communities! Chips and Pretzels Rold Gold pretzels, UTZ pretzels, Frito-Lay products, Pirate’s Booty, Keystone Foods products, Mikesell’s potato chips, Happy’s potato chips and Bugles. Pies Banquet fruit pies, Entenmann’s snack pies, Marie Callender’s fruit, seasonal and cream pies, Sarah Lee pies, Pillsbury crescent rolls and Pillsbury pie crusts. Ice Cream Toppings Masterson Company. Sweet Goods Safeway, Giant and Albertson’s bakery goods, Hostess Brands, Ding Dongs, Twinkies, SnoBalls. Bread and Rolls Bimbo, SB ... Read more