Category: Politics

Labor Voices: New NAFTA Is a Start, but Bringing Back Jobs Will Require More

Overhauling the North American Free Trade Act may have been a start, but the work has just begun. We will need to be diligent to make sure Mexico fully implements its labor law reforms and puts an end to company unions and sham contracts. We will be there every step of the way to try to ensure all parties to the agreement live up to their part of the bargain. After all, if working conditions truly improve in Mexico, then wages will rise, and companies will be less eager to abandon our country. Only time will tell if revised NAFTA will ... Read more

Statement of UAW President Rory Gamble in the Phase 1 Trade Agreement with China

“Over the past several decades, corporate driven trade deals and tax laws with anti-labor incentives have rewarded companies that abandoned U.S. workers and communities. This has resulted in millions of good manufacturing jobs being shipped overseas to countries that trample workers’ rights, suppress workers’ wages and diminish dignity on the job. China is one of those countries – and as you would assume, over this time, our trade deficit with China has exploded. Between 2001 and 2018, the U.S. trade deficit in goods grew over 500%, to over $400 billion in in 2018. According to the Economic Policy Institute, trade with China over ... Read more

Secretary-Treasurer Ray Curry: Looking to 2020 — Put Your Vote to WORK!

If you work for a living but are somewhat up in the air about who to vote for in 2020 or for that matter, if you should even bother getting to that crowded polling place, I’d like to ask that you indulge me for a minute. Because I’ve got a story to tell you that might help with your decision. A story of working people and politicians who are working against all of us — everyday. I’d like to go back to 1980, the year that Ronald Reagan was campaigning to the 40th president of the United States. Much of ... Read more

Statement of UAW President Rory Gamble on U.S.-Iran tensions

“I know many of my brothers and sisters are concerned and worried as the tensions between the United States and Iran build. During this time of unrest and high concern, I would like to urge that we all watch out for one another and that we say a prayer for our brothers and sisters who may be sent into this conflict. Please be careful as you go about your day and look out for your friends, family and neighbors. This is an extremely stressful time for our nation. I urge you also to be wary of rumors. We must all ... Read more

Labor Voices: Keep prescription costs affordable

For far too long, America has been in crisis mode when it comes to prescription drug costs. Families and individuals have had to decide between buying groceries or paying the mortgage and purchasing life-saving medicines. The recent passage of the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act (H.R. 3) by the House of Representatives is a positive step forward out of this crisis, and a promising day for many Americans. H.R. 3, introduced by New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., works to establish a fair price negotiation program, protect the Medicare program from excessive price increases, and establish an out-of-pocket maximum ... 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

UPDATE: UAW represented at State of the Union address

UPDATE (02/05/19, 9:35 a.m.): UAW Secretary-Treasurer Ray Curry has accepted the invitation of Congressman Bennie G. Thompson (Miss-02) to attend the State of the Union representing the UAW, International Union. UAW Lordstown and Warren local presidents to attend as guests of Ryan, Levin DETROIT, MI – Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09), vice chair of the U.S. House of Representatives Education and Labor Committee, and Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13), co-chair of the U.S. House Manufacturing Caucus, have invited UAW Presidents Ghana Goodwin-Dye (Warren Local 909) and Dave Green (Youngstown Local 1112) to attend President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday, ... Read more

Americans Want Everyone to Pay Their Fair Share

In 2017, President Trump and Republicans in Congress passed a tax bill that slashed the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21% and significantly lowered the top tax rate for the super rich. With such sweeping changes to our tax code, you would think that this bill was an attempt to organize strong American attitudes against high taxes in our tax system — but the data shows that’s simply not the case. In the fall of 2017, Reuters conducted a poll that found over three quarters of Americans believe that the wealthiest Americans should pay higher tax rates. A similar ... Read more

Rally to End the Shutdown

If you’re in the Washington area, we encourage you to join the Rally to End the Government Shutdown tomorrow, January 10th, at noon. Hundreds of thousands of federal employees are going without a paycheck, and millions of Americans are going without vital services. It’s time for the Senate to take action to reopen our government.   Rally to End the Shutdown January 10 12-2 p.m. AFL-CIO Headquarters 815 16th St. NW Washington, D.C. 20006

Shutdown: It’s Time to Take Action

When we send our representatives to Washington, we expect them to roll up their sleeves and get to work, but Congressional fighting has left our federal government at a standstill for 18 days. With the doors to our government shuttered, over 800,000 federal employees are furloughed or working without pay, and Americans across the country are going without vital services. The House of Representatives has taken action and passed legislation to reopen the government, but Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans refuse to allow a vote. This is simply unacceptable. It’s time for our representatives and federal employees to get back ... Read more