Category: At Issue

blackpressusa OP-ED: All Eyes on Georgia

Secretary-Treasurer Ray Curry Senate Control Crucial for the Nation By Ray Curry, Secretary-Treasurer, UAW These days, like the old Ray Charles song says, I’ve got Georgia on My Mind. We should all be thinking of Georgia because come January 5, the state is positioned to make a tremendous change for the better — a change that will give President-Elect Joe Biden the opportunity for real legislation and real reform; for lasting and potent legislative buy-in to make laws once again (and it has been a while now!) in service to the people. Laws that address issues important to the working ... Read more

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  >>>

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

Facts About UAW Strength in the South

√ We are and have been in the U.S. South Over 55,000 UAW Members reside in communities throughout the South Over 66,000 UAW retirees in the south Over 13% of all active UAW Members are in the South √We are organizing in the South – it’s not just high-profile Over the past year Five southern locals have joined the UAW with over 1,323 members in Texas, Tennessee and Kentucky. Almost 3,000 organized since the VW vote in 2014. √ Among many UAW Products: In Kentucky, UAW members make whiskey barrels, Corvettes, Fords, steel and nurse patients. In North Carolina, UAW ... Read more

Call now! Tell your Senator to vote NO on ACA Repeal!

We‘ve been asking for your help a lot recently, but we need your help now more than ever to save UAW members’ and their families’ health care. Due to your activism, Republicans in the Senate have abandoned their efforts to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and instead are voting to fully repeal the ACA with no replacement. The consequences will be dire for all UAW members and their families. Call 1-313-528-6780 NOW to tell your Senator to vote NO on ACA Repeal! Non-Partisan experts have concluded that 32 million Americans will lose health care due to this bill, with ... Read more