Category: Features

CV3 signed into law. Here’s what it means.

This afternoon (March 27, 2020), CV3, a $2-trillion stimulus package to lessen the effects of COVID-19 on our economy and citizen’s health, was signed into law. This package is the largest in U.S. history. The legislation provides more than $500 billion for emergency relief and taxpayer protections to help get the economy moving again. This includes industries hit by the drastic downturns in business due to the virus shutdowns, with $50 billion going to passenger airlines, $8 billion to cargo airlines, $17 billion for companies deemed important to national security, and $425 billion for businesses, cities and states. Auto manufacturers ... Read more

UAW, GM, Ford and FCA to Enhance COVID-19/ Coronavirus Protections for Manufacturing and Warehouse Workers

DETROIT – The United Auto Workers (UAW), General Motors Co., Ford Motor Company and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) announced today they are forming a COVID-19/Coronavirus Task Force to implement enhanced protections for manufacturing and warehouse employees at all three companies. UAW President Rory Gamble, GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra, Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford, Ford President and CEO Jim Hackett and FCA CEO Michael Manley will lead the task force. They will be supported by: Terry Dittes, vice president, UAW-GM Department Gerald Kariem, vice president, UAW-Ford Department Cindy Estrada, vice president, UAW-FCA Department The medical staffs, and the manufacturing ... Read more

UAW President Rory Gamble Letter to membership on Coronavirus

Brothers and Sisters: As the United States is faced with the concern of the new Coronavirus known as COVID-19, I feel it is important to speak to this topic with all our UAW membership. I want to be very clear that we do not take this matter lightly. In detailing some important actions that our UAW is taking relative to the virus; I want to assure our brothers and sisters that we continue discussions daily to ensure the necessary steps are being taken to maintain a state of preparedness. In addition to focusing on preparedness, our leadership is asked to ... Read more

Rory Gamble Named First African American President Of The Historic UAW

“In the great arc of history in my lifetime, there have been and continue to be many firsts. But nothing is more fitting than the history between the UAW and civil rights in our country coming full circle with Rory Gamble in Reuther’s chair and Ray Curry as the UAW’s Secretary-Treasurer. When you view the historic lens of my lifetime, the UAW has always been present in the fight for equality, for racial and social justice, and in the darkest hours of our movement.” – Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr. Read the full article at PRNEWSWIRE.com >>>

Warm against the cold

Volunteers join UAW Acting President’s 5th Sleeping Bag Drive to Help Detroit Homeless Today, UAW members and Metro Detroit residents flowed into a local Detroit McDonald’s restaurant to show their support and join UAW Acting President Rory Gamble in a community effort to raise money for sleeping bags and winter necessities for homeless residents in the Detroit area. The fundraiser kicked off with the Bed-in-a-Bag Radiothon, with local radio personality Mildred Gaddis broadcasting live on 105.9 FM. The radiothon included an interview with Michigan Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist.  This year’s goal is to raise more than $35,000 and distribute at ... 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 >>>

UAW retirees lend a hand to local coal miners

Left: Miners with UAW retirees on the tracks. Retirees are: Lawrence Hamilton (red shirt, far left); Cliff Cantrell (far right); Pam Hamilton (in back with sign); Nolla Kelly (middle with sign). Right: UAW retirees delivered two truckloads of food to help the miners and their families in Harlem County, Kentucky. Nearly 600 coal miners have been locked out of their jobs since July when Blackjewel coal company abruptly filed for bankruptcy and shut down two coal mines in Kentucky. The workers were left without pay and facing an uncertain future. They had been camping out on the railroad tracks to ... Read more

We must lower drug costs!

As president of the United Auto Workers (UAW), I recently joined dozens of organizations from across the country in a coordinated effort demanding that Congress and the Trump Administration develop strong, REAL reform to lower drug prices for patients and end Big Pharma’s price gouging. More than a dozen organizations — including the AFL-CIO, AFSCME, Alliance for Retired Americans, American Medical Student Association, the Center for Popular Democracy, Health Care for America Now, People’s Action, Public Citizen, Social Security Works,  and many others — joined forces with us to make our voices heard, and be clear in our support of ... Read more

Will the “new” NAFTA work for US?

The UAW has one goal: support the U.S. worker in all aspects of their professions. That includes involvement in U.S. trade policy decisions where our overarching focus is creating good paying U.S. jobs —  now and in the future. Currently, more than 900,000 people work in the auto and auto-parts manufacturing sectors alone. This has a far-reaching economic impact going beyond the shop floor. The Center for Automotive Research estimates that every assembly plant job supports an additional 9 to 12 jobs in the United States. The effect continues into our communities. Automakers, suppliers, dealerships, and the local businesses that ... Read more