Category: Politics

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

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

Election 2020: We must protect health care

President Rory Gamble I’d like to begin this blog with a couple of comments about an issue that I feel very passionate about. In my more than 40 years with the UAW, I have had the benefit of very good health care coverage. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for so many Americans across this nation.  Our national health care crisis is truly a disgrace and something we are compelled to remedy. When hard working men and women can’t afford to go to the doctor or are making decisions between buying food and filling life-saving prescriptions, we know something is ... Read more

Statement of UAW President Rory Gamble on U.S. House Passage of the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act (H.R. 2474)

“Today is a good day for all working people. The Democratically controlled House of Representatives passed the PRO Act, legislation that goes a long way towards rebuilding our  middle class by increasing penalties against employers who violate workers’ rights to organize, protecting the right to strike, prohibiting captive audience meetings, and helping workers who choose to form a union to secure a first contract. It is legislation like the PRO ACT that will create an economy that works for all Americans instead of one that puts the interests of the 1% and multinational corporations above everyone else. We must not ... Read more

2020 UAW Legislative Conference ends with an eye toward November

Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the keynote speaker on the final day of the 2020 UAW Community Action Program (CAP) Conference, quoted Walter Reuther as saying, “We can make America the image of what it really stands for.” UAW members must help make that a reality in the 2020 elections, Pelosi added. “Are you ready to make a decision to win?” she asked the delegates, who responded strongly in the affirmative. The Speaker laid out the measures House Democrats have passed – or intend to soon pass — to make Reuther’s vision a reality, including ... Read more

UAW Members take their message to Capitol Hill

On Tuesday, more than 1,000 UAW members from around the country, including Puerto Rico, spent the day on Capitol Hill meeting with their members of Congress. The members are attending a four-day UAW Community Action Program conference which focuses on the 2020 elections, international trade, job creation and other issues of importance to working families.

Time for a check-up … How is labor faring under this administration and Congress?

As we head full swing into the 2020 Presidential Election year, let’s take a hard look at how the men and women of the United States labor force have fared under this administration. Social Security in danger of cuts: Federal worker pensions have been targeted to offset deficit-inflating tax cuts for the wealthiest of Americans. Social Security benefit rules are changing to encourage workers to retire later, meaning an aging workforce with increased medical needs. Many employers are increasing retiree costs for health care or phasing out coverage altogether. Medicare isn’t available until age 65 and doesn’t cover all medical ... Read more

Tell Congress: Support the PRO Act – H.R. 2474

Right now, Congress has a critical opportunity to strengthen workers’ rights supported by the UAW. The Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, H.R. 2474, which would give millions of America’s workers additional protections to organize and negotiate for better pay and benefits, and a voice on the job. The U.S. House of Representatives will vote next week on this crucial piece of legislation. But greedy CEOs will do everything they can to oppose working people standing together. Can you make a call right now to tell your representative to pass the PRO Act? It’s no secret that the right ... Read more

CAP delegates prepare for Tuesday Hill visits

The work for CAP activists on their visit to House lawmakers on Tuesday will be to lobby them on key UAW priorities, including: Fighting for good jobs: Since 1978, college tuition has increased by 1,120%, medical costs are up 601%, food has increased by 244%, and shelter is up by 360%. Over the same period, wages for typical workers rose just 10%, wages for minimum wage workers dropped by 5.5%, and the pay of the average CEO skyrocketed by 937%. Stopping the offshoring of U.S. jobs: Lawmakers should eliminate the tax break that companies receive for moving jobs overseas. The ... Read more

UAW Legislative Conference Delegates Honor the Past; Focus on the Future

The UAW’s 2020 Community Action Program (CAP) Conference opened its second day with a moving video tribute to Black History Month, and the powerful relationship between the civil rights and labor movements. Thea Lee, president of the Economic Policy Institute shared a message that connected economic inequality with the past three decades of injustice and crippling inequalities for working families. “The economy is less fair… not morally fair,” Lee said. “CEO pay at the top firms have risen 1,000% since 1979, while working families have seen a 12% increase and some families are working two or three jobs to afford health ... Read more