Category: Statements

Celebrate the collective energy of working men and women

UAW Family, As we celebrate the important contributions of union workers this Labor Day, I am reflecting on the vitality displayed by our members and the energy of the labor movement this past year. I am reminded of how the unified voice of labor continues to make powerful differences in our communities. It is a collective energy that is evident on picket lines, in organizing drives and in the solidarity and persistence that makes a real impact whether it is dealing with the lingering effects of COVID-19, reimagining work in an era of new technology or reminding elected officials how ... Read more

UAW Statement on NLRB Decision Regarding Tesla

In a major decision issued on August 29, the National Labor Relations Board found Tesla to have violated the law by restricting employees’ right to wear union t-shirts at work.  The decision orders Tesla to cease and desist from maintaining and enforcing a work attire policy that prohibits employees from wearing black union shirts, to rescind that policy, to notify all current employees that the policy has been rescinded, and to post a notice in the plant stating Tesla will comply with the law and not prohibit black union shirts. In making the decision, the Board explained that union insignia are ... Read more

Statement from UAW President Ray Curry on House passage of Inflation Reduction Act of 2022

Today’s historic vote in the House of Representatives comes on the heels of the Senate’s passage last Sunday. The UAW commends President Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer for their leadership and perseverance throughout this lengthy process as it could not have happened without them. We are thankful to all members of Congress who voted in favor of this historic legislation. Passage of the Inflation Reduction Act is, in no small part, the result of years of hard work and persistence by our members in both Washington, D.C. and their home districts. Any union ... Read more

UAW President Ray Curry Statement on signing of CHIPS and Science Act of 2022

On August 9th, I had the honor of attending the White House signing ceremony for the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022. The new law signed by President Biden invests $52 billion to bolster U.S. semiconductor production with two billion being prioritized for vehicle, defense, and parts manufacturing. It also puts us in a position to ensure we have the resources needed to advance scientific research which are essential to creating the jobs of the future in the United States and improving our quality of life. Semiconductors are a critical component of products that run on electricity. The UAW began ... Read more

UAW Statement in Support of Inflation Reduction Act

The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 is an important bill for our country and working families. It makes critical investments in U.S manufacturing to help ensure new vehicles and emerging technologies and are built in America for decades to come, lowers the costs of life-saving drugs and health care insurance, tackles climate change in a meaningful way, and reduces the deficit. The Inflation Reduction Act puts the interests of working families and retirees before the ultra-wealthy and Wall Street. It is paid for entirely by giving IRS tools to go after wealthy tax cheats and ending outrageous tax loopholes that ... Read more

UAW Commends Stellantis Investment in UAW Facilities

Detroit – Today Stellantis announced a $99 million investment which includes $83 million for Dundee Engine Plant (UAW Local 723) and $14 million for Kokomo Castings (UAW Locals 1166 and 1302). “We commend the announcement from Stellantis to invest in UAW facilities,” says UAW President Ray Curry. “When companies invest in UAW facilities, they are recognizing that UAW members add value to the company’s success.” “This morning’s announcement from Stellantis to invest in Dundee Engine Local 723 and Kokomo Casting Locals 1166 and 1302 is great news for our members,” says UAW Vice President and Director of the Stellantis Department ... Read more

Statement on the Senate’s Passage of CHIPS Act – UAW President Ray Curry

We  thank  Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and the bipartisan group of Senators who put aside partisan politics and came together to pass the CHIPS for America Act. This legislation invests $52 billion to bolster U.S. semiconductor production and provides resources to advance scientific research needed to help create the jobs of the future in the United States. The CHIPS for America Act is good for manufacturing workers as it would improve U.S. competitiveness and help ensure we do not have future shortages. The ongoing shortage of auto-grade semiconductors is an example of what happens when our country  fails to invest in U.S. manufacturing ... Read more

UAW Members Ratify National Agreement with GM Subsystems LLC with 96% Support

Detroit – UAW members at four locations overwhelmingly ratified the national agreement with GM Subsystems LLC by a 96% yes vote. “This contract passed overwhelmingly because it delivers on wages and benefits,” says UAW President Ray Curry.  “This contract reflects the hard work of the bargaining committee and the teams led by VP Terry Dittes, Region 1 Director James Harris and Region 1D Director Steve Dawes.” VP Terry Dittes adds:  “We started with solidarity and that is how we crossed the finish line – united as one.  I know the gains in this agreement will be meaningful to the members ... Read more

Statement from UAW President Ray Curry on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization

Our union has historically fought for equal access to voting, accommodations, jobs, and health care.  Today’s misguided decision by the U.S. Supreme Court is a giant step backwards that will create gross inequities for women and all working families. By taking the power to make reproductive choices from women and putting them in the hands of state legislators, the U.S. Supreme Court has effectively set up a system where the well-connected and privileged will be able to make reproductive choices by traveling to states or countries that respect those rights while other women without resources will be left powerless and ... Read more

Statement on Changes to COVID-19 Protocols after Meeting of the COVID-19 Joint Task Force

Detroit –Following a meeting on Monday of the COVID-19 Joint Task Force, comprised of the UAW, Ford, General Motors and Stellantis, the Task Force members have determined that masking will be optional at their respective facilities.  If a facility is in a high-risk county as identified by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Task Force strongly recommends masking.  Each company will communicate when these changes go into effect at their locations. While masks will be optional, they will still be available for those who choose to wear one based on personal preference. The CDC recommends that those who are immunocompromised or high ... Read more