Category: Politics

Statement of UAW President Gary Jones on Vice President Pence’s New NAFTA Comments

The UAW has always opposed NAFTA because it is a bad deal for workers. We remain committed to working with the Administration and Congress to fully negotiate a deal that is good for the American people. That’s why we will meet with stakeholders in both parties. As it stands now, the New NAFTA falls short.  We need a strong, enforceable and impactful agreement that saves and creates good paying jobs right here at home. We urge the Administration to get back to the negotiating table with Canada and Mexico.

Statement of UAW President Gary Jones on the Passing of Former Representative John Dingell

We celebrate the life of a true friend to UAW members tonight. John Dingell’s voice filled the halls of Congress with a message of hope for working families in a career spanning nearly 60 years. He was a legend in the halls of Congress. But in Michigan he was that rare accessible hero that would fight for our paychecks, our health care, our labor rights and our civil and human rights. Let the words of history honor his integrity, wit and the impact he still has on our daily lives. And we give thanks to Debbie and his children for ... Read more

Statement of UAW President Gary Jones Regarding Tonight’s State of the Union Speech

“Tonight’s speech is an important reminder that there is much to do for the American worker and their families. UAW Local Presidents from Lordstown, OH Local 1112 and Warren, MI Local 909 are in House Chambers as symbolic reminders of the failure of trade and industrial policies in our Nation. The dignity of work — of a good job with living wages and benefits, is not a partisan issue. If there is hope for finding common ground in Washington let it be progress for the workers in Lordstown, Detroit and Baltimore and all over this Nation who have watched their ... 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

UAW Endorses Lavora Barnes for Michigan Democratic Party Chair

The UAW International Union endorsed Lavora Barnes Thursday for the Michigan Democratic Party Chair. “We believe Lavora has the ability to unify the Democratic Party while providing strong leadership and building on the success of the 2018 election,” said Gary Jones, UAW International President. Jones said Barnes was endorsed by the UAW officers and the Michigan Regional Directors. As the Chief Operating Officer at the Michigan Democratic Party, Barnes captained the 2018 election of Democratic candidates for Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State and gains in the Supreme Court as well as the Legislature. “Lavora has the ability to hit ... 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

2018: A Year of Stock Buybacks

Last year was an incredible year for wealthy investors, CEOs, and corporate shareholders — not so much for middle class American workers. In 2018, corporate America set a record for the highest number of stock buybacks given to shareholders within a single year. With over $1 trillion in stock buybacks and dividends going directly to investors and shareholders, successful companies overwhelmingly chose to use this year’s profits to line the pockets of the wealthiest Americans at the highest rate we’ve ever seen in the history of our country. Thanks in part to President Trump’s new tax bill, corporations saw their ... Read more

Will the New NAFTA Make a Difference?

GM Example Thumbs Its Nose at New NAFTA Before the Ink Dried The following statement is from UAW President Gary Jones on the signing of the “New” NAFTA called USMCA: “Before the ink hit the paper, General Motors has already signaled that the “New” NAFTA (known as USMCA) is not strong enough, as it stands today, to deter them from moving products and taking advantage of low cost labor. Quite simply, the “New” NAFTA needs more input and more work. We were hopeful that this new agreement would rein in the corporate greed that has bled manufacturing in the United ... Read more