Category: Speeches

A Message from UAW President Gary Jones

Transcript: Brothers and Sisters, Yesterday, American workers were told by GM that they are now expendable. That their trust, their loyalty and their years of dedication, just aren’t as important as this year’s profits and shareholder gains. That their sacrifices made during the dark days of GM’s bailout by our UAW members and U.S. taxpayers are long forgotten. General Motors made a decision yesterday that should anger our nation’s working men and women. Despite tens of billions of dollars in profit, despite concessions during the recession, despite American taxpayers bailing them out — they turned their backs on us, the ... Read more

Congresswoman Dingell Statement on GM Jobs Announcement

This is a warning and we all must be concerned about protecting jobs and keeping them in this country. I care deeply about working families hearing this news right now. If we want our auto industry to continue to be the global leader in transforming mobility, federal policy must ensure we keep them at the forefront of innovation and technology. Congress must work together on bipartisan policies that keep manufacturing jobs in this country, develops clean energy, and supports infrastructure to transform our mobility future.  

Senator Brown Calls on GM to Keep American Jobs

Yesterday, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown delivered a speech on the Senate floor calling on GM to invest in Ohio workers. Last week, GM announced it would produce the Chevrolet Blazer in Mexico, even as the second shift ended at the Lordstown facility. Brown called on GM to move production of the Blazer back to the United States, and reinvest in American workers. Brown’s remarks can be found below:   Last Friday was a dark day for the American auto industry and American workers. On the very same day GM laid off the entire second shift at the historic Lordstown plant ... Read more

Rev. Dr. William Barber: There is right and wrong, and we are on the side of right

The Rev. Dr. William Barber, the fiery preacher and leader of the Poor People’s Campaign, brought delegates to their feet with a message about race, politics, inequality and how America’s “rejected” and disadvantaged can turn the tables and take this country back. Rev. Barber explained that failed bureaucracies that leave communities with poisoned water, states that suppress voting rights and politics that play to issues that divide Americans are detrimental to our democracy and must be stopped. Racism. Gender discrimination. Militarism. Those are issues the powerful use to divide allies. Those are issues that caused supporters to turn against the ... Read more

Congressman Dan Kildee Speaks on the House Floor to Recognize UAW President Dennis Williams

“Mr. Speaker, I am proud today to recognize Dennis Williams as he retires from the United Auto Workers after more than 40 years of service to the union and our country. I’ve known Dennis for many, many years. Throughout his career, he has led the fight to protect the right to collectively bargaining and ensure that all workers—not just those in the union—have fair pay and safe working conditions. Like the UAW itself, Dennis has always been committed to securing economic and social justice for all workers. His experience has carried him through diverse sectors of the UAW, giving him ... Read more

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka: We are Not Staying Still!

The labor movement isn’t content to merely survive in an era when anti-union lawmakers control both chambers of Congress – we’re moving forward, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told delegates at the 2018 UAW Community Action Program (CAP) Conference in Washington, D.C. “It’s time to drop our shield, pick up our sword and go on offense for a while,” Trumka said. Trumka added that it was time to aggressively push our agenda in Washington, including protecting pensions, Medicare, Medicaid. Social Security, rebuilding infrastructure and protecting our water from becoming poisoned like it did in Flint, Michigan. “These investments will pay dividends ... Read more

NAACP President Derrick Johnson tells delegates “Stay laser-focused so the right does not divide progressive allies”

First, NAACP President Derrick Johnson explained that there definitely is a connection between civil rights and labor. As a matter of fact, they are natural allies. And two, just as with other progressive coalitions and allies, we must stay sharply focused on the next five years to turn the tide on the attacks from the right. “We cannot have a house divided,” Johnson said, speaking at the 2018 UAW Community Action Program (CAP) Conference on Wednesday. “Those forces can only be successful in dividing the house.” Over the next five years, the country faces a census count, more elections and ... Read more

Rep. Jayapal: We have to value all immigrants

Rep. Pramila Jayapal, who represents most of Seattle and adjoining areas, came to America from India all on her own at 16 years old to attend college at Georgetown University because her parents wanted her to have a good education and opportunities. The first Indian-American in the U.S. House of Representatives, says the term “chain migration” is a derogatory term used to scapegoat immigrants. “The president and his supporters in immigration have weaponized the term chain migration to thwart a noble goal: keeping families intact,” she told attendees at the UAW’s 2018 Community Action Conference (CAP) in Washington, D.C. Jayapal ... Read more

Sen. Debbie Stabenow: “Corporate investors get millions. American workers get Twinkies.”

Republicans talk a good game. In fact, Sen. Debbie Stabenow said that she thought President Trump might have borrowed her speeches on the campaign trail in 2016 as he wooed workers who wanted something different out of Washington. “You know what the problem is? You have to do more than talk or have symbols,” Stabenow told delegates at the 2018 UAW Community Action Program (CAP) Conference on Wednesday. “You have to act.” For instance, she said, Trump promised that on Day 1 of his administration, he would address currency manipulation. “It’s Day 382 and it hasn’t happened yet,” Stabenow said. ... Read more

Rep. Norma J. Torres: Be a vehicle for democracy

“Our democracy, the rule of law and institutions that we depend on are under attack. Your vigilance and passion are the most important tools we have to fight back — every single one of you here today,” said U.S. Congresswoman Norma J. Torres, who represents California’s 35th Congressional District, speaking before CAP Conference delegates Monday morning. Torres spent 17 years working the 911 center for the Los Angeles Police Department, and as a volunteer shop steward, had a no-loss record representing her coworkers. As a state senator, she played a significant role in making the Affordable Care Act work for ... Read more