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Detroit News – Labor Voices: The UAW is fighting for LGBTQ rights this Pride Month

President Rory L. Gamble By Rory L. Gamble Civil and human rights belong to us all Look around your world these days. People are celebrating the diversity of who they are; what makes us all unique, wonderful people. For UAW members in the workplace and at home we live in a time when prejudices are no longer being tolerated, whether it is racial, ethnic, or sexual identity. We find ourselves living in a time where equality in the workplace and in our communities is valued more than it ever has. Right now, in the United States, an estimated 4.5% of ... Read more

Michigan Legislative Update: VOTING SUPPRESSION disguised as VOTER SECURITY, Flint Water Crisis and more

Welcome to the new Michigan Legislative Update Newsletter brought to you by Michigan UAW-CAP. The Community Action Program (CAP) of the UAW is the union’s non-partisan political arm. CAP educates members, both active and retired, on political issues that affect them and their families. Learn more about UAW-CAP, here. Voting suppression disguised as voter security After historic voter turnout in the 2020 Presidential election, which saw extremely high numbers of absentee voting and first-time voters becoming registered to vote, there was much disinformation spread concerning the presence of voter fraud. Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey said, “We haven’t found ... Read more

Statement on Changes to COVID-19 Protocols After Meeting with COVID-19 Task Force

Detroit – After reviewing reports from health and medical experts, the COVID-19 Joint Task Force, comprised of the UAW, Ford, General Motors and Stellantis, has agreed to continue most COVID-19 workplace protocols out of an abundance of caution. The UAW, Ford, General Motors and Stellantis will also continue to comply with all state, county, and city regulations where we operate facilities and offices. The COVID-19 Task Force met Tuesday, June 8 and reviewed the reports of medical experts, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards to maintain safety and uniformity as the companies continue to work ... Read more

UAW President Rory L. Gamble Announces the Formation of a UAW LGBTQ Caucus During LGBTQ Pride Month

In a move UAW President Rory L. Gamble said was long overdue, the UAW announced as part of Pride Month the formation of a UAW LGBTQ Caucus that will operate under the UAW Constitution’s standing committees on Civil and Human Rights. “The UAW has a unique and proud history of early advocacy of LGBTQ issues in its history,” said Gamble. “From contract negotiations that included non-discrimination and insurance protections prior to the legalization of gay marriage, to local union leadership and support for LGBTQ civil rights advocacy, UAW members in many ways have pioneered efforts for the LGBTQ community. We are ... Read more

UAW President Rory L. Gamble Praises Senator Stabenow’s Made in America Provision Reported Out of Committee in the Clean Energy for America Act

Led by U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow and Senate Democrats, future jobs in America will be protected for decades to come through provisions that tie key consumer rebates for electric vehicles (EV’s) to good paying, union auto jobs made domestically. The Stabenow Made in America Provision, reported out of committee, would continue a $7,500 consumer credit for EVs but add for the next five years a $2,500 bonus for autos assembled in the United States and another $2,500 for meeting certain worker focused labor standards. The $12,500 rebates would apply as a rebate on tax returns. And, after five years a ... Read more

Statement of UAW Vice President Terry Dittes Director of the General Motors Department on General Motors Statement on Ultium Cells Respecting Workers’ Rights To Organize and Work With the UAW

“We in the UAW look forward to starting discussions with General Motors regarding their joint venture to produce batteries in Ohio and Tennessee so workers will have a voice at the table in order to create good-paying union jobs and benefits.”

UAW Volvo Truck in Dublin Virginia Reaches Second Tentative Agreement With Additional Gains

This afternoon, after reconvening for several days, the UAW Volvo Truck Council announced that they have reached a tentative agreement. “UAW members showed incredible patience, resilience and solidarity and made even more solid gains toward fair pay, benefits and job security protections,” said UAW Secretary-Treasurer and Director of the UAW Heavy Truck Department, Ray Curry. Curry said the ratification process works. “Our members are the final authority and we worked hard after the previous agreement to achieve these results. We believe the agreement addresses their concerns.” “Our members helped us identify and achieve a strong contract through their patience and ... Read more

Take the Pledge to End Anti-Asian Racism

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, celebrating the contributions of Asian and Pacific Islanders of America’s past and present. For generations, Asian Americans have helped build and strengthen our communities and our unions. Unfortunately, the last year has seen a startling rise in hateful rhetoric and violence against members of these communities. This hate affects not only those directly involved, but strikes fear and sadness in hearts across the nation and it has no place in our country or in our union. That’s why we’re asking members to take the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance’s pledge to end anti-Asian ... Read more

UAW Vice President Gerald Kariem Director of the UAW Ford Department Statement on the Ford Joint Venture with SKI Announcement

“UAW members believe that Ford has a moral obligation, regardless of any joint venture arrangement, to ensure that the battery jobs that replace gas engine and transmission jobs are the same good paying union jobs that have fueled this American economy for generations. UAW members deserve for these jobs of the future to be the good paying union jobs that President Biden has called for repeatedly. And in fact, the President reminded us again this week of that charge to corporate America at his Ford Rouge facility visit. Like the President, we believe that any government incentives to help companies ... Read more