Category: Politics

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 of UAW President Rory L. Gamble on House passage of The PRO Act

DETROIT – Today the U.S. The House of Representatives stood up for workers who face fear and intimidation when trying to stand up for themselves over their wages, their benefits and their health and safety in the workplace. For too long the arc of justice and fairness has been warped towered silencing workers who simply want the freedom and rights to join together and have a voice at the table with management. For far too long,  the ability of workers to come together and collectively bargain for workplace rights and better wages and benefits have been sabotaged by weak labor ... Read more

Bloomberg: Biggest Electric Bus Deal in U.S. Approved in Maryland

A school system outside Washington is poised to become the nation’s biggest operator of electric school buses. The Board of Education in Maryland’s Montgomery County voted unanimously on Tuesday evening to approve a 16-year, $169 million contract to lease 326 buses, part of a plan that could result in the county replacing its entire 1,422-bus fleet over the next two decades. Read more on Bloomberg.com >>>     Photo by MarcelX42 – 2018 Thomas Saf-T-Liner C2 Jouley (prototype all-electric bus) via CC BY-SA 4.0

UAW President Rory L. Gamble Elected to Michigan THAW Board of Directors

Providing heating assistance to Michigan families Detroit – UAW President Rory L. Gamble has been unanimously elected to serve on the Board of Directors of THAW, The Heat and Warmth Fund, an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, that has been helping to keep Michigan families warm through utility assistance since 1985. THAW provides assistance to vulnerable Michigan residents through 39 agency partners and a series of annual mobile processing events. Since its inception in 1985, THAW has distributed over $190 million in assistance to more than 256,000 Michigan households. Last year, THAW distributed more than $15 million in utility assistance to ... Read more

Statement of UAW President Rory L. Gamble on the Inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris

Detroit – “Hand on Bible, in the seat of the world’s longest democratic republic, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris took an oath that carries the hopes and dreams of all Americans to rise from the COVID-19 challenge, our economic challenges and our national division. Today we all stand together – one nation, united in our prayers for a brighter day. Today in the workplaces, the homes and the communities of UAW members, we come together to do our part in making this a ‘more perfect union.’ Today, President Biden and his diverse administration bring a new and ... Read more

Watch the inauguration live

President-Elect Biden will take the oath of office at noon, but Inauguration Day coverage will be streaming live starting at 10:30. Watch the celebration live at BidenInaugural.org/watch or on most major networks and streaming services. Learn More

Statement of UAW President Rory L. Gamble on the Appointment of Wayne County Sheriff Ray Washington

DETROIT – “Wayne County made a strong decision today to elevate Chief Deputy Ray Washington to fill Benny Napoleon’s unexpired term as Wayne County Sheriff. Benny understood that policing required diligence, professionalism and compassion as we navigate some very serious economic and societal pressures. Ray will bring continuity, integrity and an understanding of community public service to this crucial role. The UAW congratulates Ray Washington on his appointment as Wayne County Sheriff.”

Tune in for the inauguration

Tune in Saturday, January 16th at 7pm for America United: An Inauguration Welcome Event Celebrating America’s Changemakers. The event will kick off the inaugural festivities with musical performances and messages from leaders across the country, including UAW President Rory L. Gamble. Learn More

Statement of Rory L. Gamble on the Nomination of Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh as Labor Secretary

DETROIT – “Today’s selection of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh puts a labor member, long-time administrator and friend of working families in a very important but often underappreciated agency. There is much work to be done to re-establish the rightful role of the Labor Department from a period of ideological attack on working families and labor workplace protections. For the last four years, the labor protection mechanisms at the Labor Department and the appointees of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) have been dominated by anti-worker ideologues. The nomination of Marty Walsh is a strong step toward restoring the integrity and ... Read more