December is National Write to a Friend Month! This year, we wanted to give you the opportunity to write to our "friends" at GM, about their recent decision to close plants in Michigan, Ohio and Baltimore this holiday season. Submit your message using the form and we'll print and personally hand deliver your message to GM headquarters! Write Letter
(Note: the actual approval date was December 10) The UAW bargaining team and Navistar have reached a proposed tentative agreement. Details will be released in meetings with membership in the coming days as part of the ratification process. Out of respect for our members the UAW will not release details until UAW Navistar members have had a chance to be fully informed and review the details in the proposed tentative agreement.
Last week was a bad week for autoworkers and the future of our domestic industry. On Nov. 26, General Motors (GM) announced its decision to halt production at the Lordstown, Ohio, and Hamtramck, Mich., assembly plants, idling thousands of workers. Last Friday, President Trump signed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), with promises that it would stop companies from closing U.S. factories and opening new ones in low-wage countries like Mexico… Read more on The Hill >>>
Boston – Led by State Senator Jamie Eldridge, a coalition of community, faith and labor leaders will deliver a petition signed by a majority of Boston College Graduate Student Employees, as well as more than 3,000 community, religious and political allies, to BC’s President Father Leahy Friday morning. The petition calls on Father Leahy and the Boston College Trustees to drop all discipline against graduate workers for union activity on campus and respect the majority vote for a union by bargaining with the union. Graduate student workers voted in favor of their union – the Boston College Graduate Employee Union ... Read more
In a special episode, Julie and Tim of the AFL-CIO discuss plant closures at General Motors with longtime autoworker Brad Markell.
Monday, the UAW lodged a formal objection opposing GM’s plan to close four American auto plants in 2019. The complaint objected to GM’s unilateral decision on the future of those facilities, without the agreement of the UAW, required by the 2015 National Agreement. UAW leadership remains steadfast in its commitment to protecting American jobs, with UAW President Gary Jones saying, “We have been clear that the UAW will leave no stone unturned and use any and all resources available to us regarding the future of these plants.” He added that “There are issues related to this and to collective bargaining ... Read more
The following statement relates to the formal objections to GM’s announced future of plants made last week. UAW President Gary Jones: “We have been clear that the UAW will leave no stone unturned and use any and all resources available to us regarding the future of these plants. Today, we wrote to GM formally objecting to its unilateral decision regarding four U.S. manufacturing facilities. There are issues related to this and to collective bargaining that we cannot discuss in detail at this point. But UAW members across this country are committed to using every means available to us on behalf ... Read more
GM Example Thumbs Its Nose at New NAFTA Before the Ink Dried The following statement is from UAW President Gary Jones on the signing of the “New” NAFTA called USMCA: “Before the ink hit the paper, General Motors has already signaled that the “New” NAFTA (known as USMCA) is not strong enough, as it stands today, to deter them from moving products and taking advantage of low cost labor. Quite simply, the “New” NAFTA needs more input and more work. We were hopeful that this new agreement would rein in the corporate greed that has bled manufacturing in the United ... Read more
Transcript: Brothers and Sisters, Yesterday, American workers were told by GM that they are now expendable. That their trust, their loyalty and their years of dedication, just aren’t as important as this year’s profits and shareholder gains. That their sacrifices made during the dark days of GM’s bailout by our UAW members and U.S. taxpayers are long forgotten. General Motors made a decision yesterday that should anger our nation’s working men and women. Despite tens of billions of dollars in profit, despite concessions during the recession, despite American taxpayers bailing them out — they turned their backs on us, the ... Read more
For mobile-friendly video, click here. Hello brothers and sisters, I’m holding in my hand the 2015 master contract between GM and the UAW. Our membership in the UAW and General Motors ratified this agreement and the one in 2011. And it wasn’t without sacrifice because our membership gave away many things, both during the bankruptcy proceedings, 2011 and 2015. But today our reward is General Motors announcing the closing of the Lordstown, Ohio plant and the Detroit Hamtramck plant. No more product will be built there. And that, in fact, will affect other GM locations in Michigan and in Maryland. ... Read more