Category: At Issue

Open Letter from Former UAW President Ron Gettelfinger to General Motors

Open Letter in Regard to GM: I am not a spokesman for anyone other than myself and the words in this opinion piece are mine and they pertain specifically and solely to me. Since retiring on July 1, 2010, I have avoided speaking to the media. I read with disgust and dismay some newspaper articles pertaining to me yesterday. I do not blame the reporters. They were covering a story based on statements taken from General Motors’ Motion to Alter or Amend Judgment against Fiat Chrysler and others, dated August 3, 2020. I do, however, place the blame squarely on ... Read more

TELL CONGRESS: make workers well-being and economic security your top priority

As COVID-19 wreaks havoc across the world, people coming down with the virus is skyrocketing, and it is uncertain when this pandemic will end. What is clear is we are not taking all the necessary steps to fight this virus.. Millions of the brave nurses, doctors, firefighters, policemen, and other first responders do not even have basic protective gear they need to not get infected themselves. Millions of Americans have been laid off , or seen their hours cut as business are ordered to shut down and people ordered to stay at home. We all have a role to play ... Read more

BLACKPRESSUSA OP-ED: What I’m thankful for this season

I know. Collective Bargaining doesn’t sound festive. But believe me, Collective Bargaining is responsible for a whole lot of the festivities that we enjoy this holiday. Trade unions and the collective voice that they speak to management with, have brought about so much of what we now take for granted. The 40-hour work week, for example, was almost 70 hours until unions rolled their sleeves up and said life also calls for family and R and R time. Read more on blackpressusa.com >>>

Labor Voices – Opinion: Opioid crisis a UAW negotiation priority

Do you have a prescription for painkillers? If you don’t, you know someone who does. One in three Americans has a prescription for opioids, and prescriptions have almost quadrupled in the past decade. When you mention collective bargaining, I’m sure that opioid prescriptions and addiction are not what spring to mind. Read more on www.detroitnews.com >>> Related: See How Opioid Addiction Affected one UAW family  >>>

UAW President Dennis Williams Delivers Remarks Ahead of Human Rights Award Presentation to Jailed South Korean Labor Leader

(ST. LOUIS, Missouri) – Standing before U.S. and international labor leaders at the AFL-CIO national convention Tuesday, UAW President Dennis Williams delivered remarks before AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka presented the storied George Meany-Lane Kirkland Human Rights Award to the jailed Korean labor leader Han Sang-gyun (pronounced HAHN SAHNG-GUHN). Since December 2015, Sang-gyun, president of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), has been incarcerated and KCTU General Secretary Lee Young-joo has been under house arrest.  The charges against both unionists relate to organizing a public protest against regressive labor law reforms put forth by the government of former South Korean President ... Read more

Hurricane Irma relief effort at Florida House on Capitol Hill

CONTACT: Jordan Pic/ Manager of Operations Florida House on Capitol Hill Phone:  202-546-1555 or email:  jordan.pic@floridahousedc.org Connie Parker/Director of Stewardship and Government Relations Pure Fishing Phone:  703-624-1811 or email csparker@purefishing.com Washington, D.C. – Florida House on Capitol Hill and our friends at Pure Fishing and the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) are organizing an effort to collect and transport supplies for the Hurricane Irma relief effort. Florida House will collect items from Tuesday, September 12th until Friday, September 15th. The items will depart Washington, D.C. for Orlando, FL on Saturday, September 16th. The Florida Division of Emergency Management and Volunteer Florida have ... Read more

Union Plus Disaster Grants Available To Help Eligible Flood Victims

If you are a union member who participates in certain Union Plus programs and have been affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas, you may be eligible for financial assistance through the Union Plus Disaster Relief Grant program. (1) Union Plus Disaster Relief Grants of $500 are available to eligible participants.(2) The Union Plus Disaster Relief Fund has provided nearly $1 million in assistance to union members facing hardships following Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina, floods, wild fires, and other natural disasters. To learn more visit: unionplus.org/disaster (1) Certain restrictions, limitations, and qualifications apply to these grants. Additional information and eligibility criteria can be ... Read more

Donate to the Texas Workers Relief Fund

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, workers are coming together to rebuild in Southeast Texas. The Texas Workers Relief Fund, a 501(c)(3) charitable fund, overseen by the Texas AFL-CIO, has been established to assist workers and their families in their time of need. Funds are provided to help stabilize situations when issues occur such as natural disasters. How to Help: Please donate to this fund in order to further promote the wellbeing of working Texans and their families. Workers Assistance Program, Inc. proudly operates this fund in conjunction with the Texas AFL-CIO. DONATE

Statement from UAW President Dennis Williams

“We are disheartened by the misconduct alleged in today’s indictment. Ms. King is no longer with the union and hasn’t been since February 2016. Based on our own internal investigation, we believe anyone who engaged in intentional misconduct is no longer employed by the UAW. We continue to cooperate with the DOJ and share information with the government.”

Statement from UAW President Dennis Williams on Charlottesville

“The events in Charlottesville this weekend will long serve as a reminder that time has a way of washing away the tears of the past where hate bullied many Americans both in society and in the workplace through intolerance. “The UAW condemns the hate and intolerance of the alt-right groups that led to such violence in Charlottesville. Every woman and every man is equal in their civil and workplace rights regardless of race, gender, religion or sexual orientation in society and in the workplace. We cannot take our freedom for granted, and we cannot forget the lessons that history forged ... Read more