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COVID-19 Update 4/3/2020

My Brothers and Sisters, Today brought more news of members and hard-working men and women stepping up to help our first line responders and their families and communities during these difficult days. We have members who have courageously volunteered their time, going through rigorous safety training at the GM Kokomo, Indiana, facility as they begin their work to make ventilators that will save lives. One of the first UAW workers to volunteer there said that she thought of her elderly mom as someone who might need this life-saving equipment. We have members making masks and brothers and sisters all over ... Read more

Heroes on the Front Lines: Sandy Welch

UAW Local 95 member Sandy Welch is a five-year cancer survivor. She has high blood pressure, too. That means her immune system is not 100%. But, while others in Wisconsin are told to stay home, she heads to work every day as a medical transcriptionist at a medical clinic in Janesville. “I have a compromised immune system and sometimes I think about that, but I don’t let that take over my thoughts,” she said. Welch, chair of the amalgamated local’s Unit 9, has been a UAW member for 20 years and has worked at the clinic the entire time. The ... Read more

COVID-19 Update 4/2/2020

Sisters and Brothers, A short message today to recognize the courageous men and women stepping up to help all of us during these difficult days.  As you all know, we have many members on the front lines of this crisis, who report to work every day and put their lives at risk to keep our communities safe and functioning. And we have members who are stepping up and volunteering to help save lives in so many ways. But before I share some of these stories, I must share some sad news. Today, we lost two more members of our UAW ... Read more

Statement of UAW Vice President Terry Dittes, Director of the UAW GM Department on the Training for Production of Ventilators in Kokomo

“As our Nation struggles with the Covid-19 pandemic, volunteer UAW-GM members are doing a tremendous service for our country by volunteering to come to work to make ventilators in Kokomo. This is what we do at the UAW. In times of National tragedy our members time and time again step up for the good of us all. For that reason, the UAW has worked with GM out of an abundance of caution to put in place stringent CDC health and safety protocols. UAW members have stepped up to help, and our goal is to make sure that each and every ... Read more

COVID-19 Update – 3/31/2020

My sisters and brothers,  I want to start today by thanking my UAW family for supporting one another during this crisis. I have been so impressed to see how our members are pulling together and supporting one another as we navigate this unprecedented situation. It is with great sadness that I must report that we have lost more of our UAW family in the past few days. Over the weekend, an FCA worker at Warren Truck Assembly Plant and a member at Mopar in Centerline, Michigan passed away from the virus. We also lost a member of the President’s Staff ... Read more

UAW Implements Ethics Reform Priorities with Hiring of First-Ever Ethics Officer and Activation of Confidential Ethics Hotline

Wilma Liebman Hired as Chief Ethics Officer Ethics Advisory Committee Announced DETROIT – UAW President Rory L. Gamble and the International Executive Board (IEB) announced the appointment today of Wilma Liebman as the Union’s first-ever external Ethics Officer. Liebman is a distinguished public servant and expert in labor policy who served as the Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board under President Barack Obama from 2009-2011, having previously been appointed as a member of the NLRB by both Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush beginning in 1997. Additionally, the UAW has launched a new confidential Ethics Hotline for union ... Read more

Statement of UAW President Rory L. Gamble on Ford’s Decision to Extend Production Reopening Date

“Today’s decision by Ford is the right decision for our members, their families and our nation. Under Vice President Gerald Kariem, the UAW Ford Department continues to work closely with our local unions and Ford to make sure that when we return to production all members are safe, and our communities are protected from this spreading pandemic.”

COVID-19 Update – 3/28/2020

Sisters and Brothers, We have been notified today that two more members of our UAW family have fallen to the virus. One member worked at Ford Motor Company Dearborn Stamping and a skilled trades brother who worked at the Ford Data Center in Dearborn, Michigan. Our prayers and support go out to their families and communities. I also want to extend, on behalf of the entire International Executive Board, our gratitude and concern for our members and all the brave men and women who are serving on the frontlines of this crisis to keep all of us safe. We pray ... Read more

COVID-19 Update – 3/27/2020

My Brothers and Sisters, As always, I want to recognize and thank all of the brave men and women on the front lines of this crisis and extend my sincere sympathies to any one of us who is sick, or struggling with family or financial issues or loss in these difficult, dark days. In my message today, I want to report that we got some good news on several fronts. Let me start with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that the House passed this afternoon and was just signed into law. The COVID-19 relief legislation will ... Read more

Statement of UAW Vice President Terry Dittes Director of the UAW GM Department on Efforts to Produce Ventilators During the Nationwide Coronavirus Pandemic

DETROIT — “We are happy to work with GM during this pandemic for the health and safety and good of our Nation as we collaborate towards the production of ventilators. The UAW has a proud history of stepping up in times of national emergency. General Motors should be commended for stepping up at a crucial moment in our history. At the UAW we are – all in – to find ways to partner together to flatten this curve and save lives.” Learn more about the COVID-19 / Coronavirus disease >>>