Category: Politics

President Biden Shouts Out UAW on International Visit

President Biden delivered these remarks today after touring Samsung Electronics Pyeongtaek Campus in South Korea.   It’s a remarkable testament to hear the leader of the free world acknowledging the role of organized labor on an international visit.  His full remarks can be read here:   https://bit.ly/3sKHGiM From President Biden –  I urge Samsung and Stellantis and any company investing in the United States to enter into partnerships with our most highly skilled and dedicated and engaged workers you can find anywhere in the world: American union members. Stellantis knows how much benefit comes from a successful relationship with a union in ... Read more

2022 National CAP Conference: Day 4 Highlights

A breakfast tribute to a UAW trailblazer Lori Welch, Local 598, Region 1D The day started off with the Odessa Komer Memorial Breakfast hosted by President Ray Curry and Vice President Cindy Estrada.  The breakfast was formerly known as the Women’s Breakfast, but the rebranding reflects that this is an occasion for all UAW members to honor one of our union’s trailblazers, Odessa Komer.  Lori Welch from Local 598 in Region 1D learned more about this important leader and how she broke through many barriers in her local and the International union.  “Like Komer, I believe all UAW members should ... Read more

2022 National CAP Conference: Day 3 Highlights

Region 4 members meet with Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) The morning gets busy Day three of the National Cap Conference began as the delegates attended Regional breakfasts to plan their lobby day.  Among elected officials who also shared breakfast with UAW delegates were Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Elissa Slotkin (D-MI 8th),  Debbie Dingell (D-MI 12th) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI 13th) among others. While CAP Conference Delegates planned their day, the National Veterans Advisory Council met to discuss issues affecting our many UAW members who have served in the military.  President Curry – himself an Army veteran – addressed them at ... Read more

2022 National CAP Conference: Day 2 Highlights

Plenary Begins The day began early with a robust agenda of speakers and panelists that touched upon the mission of UAW National CAP Conference delegates this week.  The participants listened to uplifting and inspiring speeches on a variety of topics that are close the hearts of men and women across the country.  Each speaker had a perspective that rings true to labor and their presentations reinforced the importance of the upcoming midterm elections. Corey Frost, President, Local 898, Region 1A For Corey Frost (President of Local 898 in Region 1A), hearing from officials who understand the day-to-day issues in the ... Read more

2022 National CAP Conference – Day 1: Highlights

Delegates arrive From all over the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, almost 1000 UAW members converged in National Harbor, Maryland this week for the 2022 UAW National CAP Conference. Just a stone’s throw from the steps of the nation’s capital, the delegates are meeting to learn about the pressing matters of the UAW, get the latest training on lobbying and advocacy as well as the opportunity to raise our issues in front of their elected representatives. Jessie Jesson, Local 686, Region 9 For Jessie Jesson from Local 686 in Region 9, this week is about fighting for the members back ... Read more

UAW Endorses Gretchen Whitmer for Reelection as Governor of Michigan – Lt. Gov. Gilchrest, A.G. Nessel and S.O.S. Benson also Get Nod

Detroit – The UAW International Union announced its endorsement of Gretchen Whitmer as Governor of Michigan citing her strong commitment to working families, the Michigan manufacturing economy and UAW members. “Despite challenges like the pandemic, Gretchen Whitmer has brought new auto jobs, kept Michiganders safe, fixed roads and made the largest K-12 school investment in the state’s history,” said Ray Curry, President of the UAW. The union also endorsed Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist, Attorney General Dana Nessel and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. “This is a strong unified ticket for working families,” Curry noted. “Under the Whitmer administration, each of ... Read more

Statement of UAW President Ray Curry on Keeping Important Provisions To Protect the Manufacturing Supply Chain in the COMPETES Act Deliberations.

Detroit — Congress has an opportunity to pass historic legislation that will strengthen domestic auto manufacturing for UAW members, their families and their communities to make our supply chains more resilient for decades to come. The UAW supports supply chain resilience provisions in the House-passed COMPETES Act and, in the strongest possible terms, urges House and Senate conferees to include it in the final agreement so President Biden can sign it into law. These provisions would aid the Biden Administrations’ important work to strengthen our supply chains. We thank Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, Congressman Adam ... Read more

UAW PRESIDENT RAY CURRY ISSUES STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT BIDEN’S APPOINTMENTS TO THE FEDERAL RESERVE

Detroit – “President Bidens’ appointment of Professor Lisa Cook and Philip Jefferson to the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors is a breath of fresh air as they bring much needed diversity and with that a deeper appreciation as to how the Fed influences the daily lives of all UAW members, retirees and working Americans throughout the country.  Workers are increasingly impacted by climate change and the advent of new technologies. Meanwhile, unfair lending practices and discrimination in our financial markets continue to create roadblocks for people pursuing the American dream. Working Americans need board members who will deepen the Fed’s understanding ... Read more

UAW President Ray Curry Statement on President Biden’s Executive Order to Buy American and Preserve and Create Union Wage Jobs While Reducing the Federal Government’s Carbon Emissions

Detroit – “President Biden rightly understands that we can address carbon emissions and turn it into an economic opportunity to preserve and create good union paying jobs of the future through federal fleet conversion and reducing the federal government’s carbon footprint. The challenge we face is to make sure these produce jobs of the future that continue to support and build America’s middle class. Today’s Executive Order by President Biden seizes the opportunity to preserve, create and increase the opportunity for good union jobs for decades to come.”

Statement of UAW President Ray Curry on U.S. House Passage of Build Back Better

Detroit – “House Democrats stood up for American union jobs and American families today by passing the Build Back Better Act. President Biden, Speaker Pelosi, and Majority Leader Schumer have worked hard to make meaningful real-life investments in American families. Make no mistake, this bill stands to benefit all UAW members and retirees, regardless of sector, for years to come. Universal preschool, lower prescription drug costs, support for child and elder care, ensuring the extremely wealthy pay more of their share, and better tools to hold union busters accountable all represent important wins for all workers. For example, this job creating ... Read more