Category: Statements

UAW PRESIDENT RAY CURRY STATEMENT ON THE ARREST OF YANG KYEUNG SOO, PRESIDENT OF THE KOREAN CONFEDERATION OF TRADE UNIONS FOR EXERCISING FREE SPEECH.

Korean Confederation of Trade Unions president Yang Kyeung-soo waves to supporters while police transfer him to a detention center. (KCTU / Labor and the World) Detroit – UAW President Ray Curry Wednesday, condemned the arrest of Yang Kyeung Soo, President of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) for exercising his free speech rights in South Korea.  President Yang was arrested on the morning of September 2 after police squadrons in riot gear surrounded KCTU headquarters and entered forcibly.  The South Korean authorities have charged Brother Yang with: –          obstruction of general traffic through demonstration, –  ... Read more

STATEMENT OF UAW PRESIDENT RAY CURRY ON THE HISTORY-MAKING ELECTION OF THE FIRST FEMALE AFL-CIO PRESIDENT LIZ SHULER & FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN AFL-CIO SECRETARY-TREASURER FRED REDMOND

  Detroit – “In Liz Shuler, the working families of the AFL-CIO have a President who understands the need to grow organized labor, focus resources on protecting America’s working families and America’s middle class, and a strong voice for free fair collective bargaining for all workers. The UAW, having championed diversity in union leadership throughout its history, is especially proud of the historic election of President Shuler breaking the glass ceiling by becoming the first female AFL-CIO President and also the First African American AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer in Fred Redmond, international Vice President of the United Steelworkers (USW). We know that ... Read more

STATEMENT BY UAW PRESIDENT RAY CURRY ON U.S. SENATE PASSAGE OF THE BI-PARTISAN INFRASTRUCTURE BILL

Detroit –  “Every day UAW members, our friends, neighbors and communities confront firsthand the sad reality that the infrastructure in the United States desperately needs to be modernized. UAW members make products that are impacted by the current state of our roads, bridges, internet capacity and electrical grid reliability. With today’s passage of a bi-partisan infrastructure bill, the Biden Administration and U.S. Senate came together to fix the core needs every American relies on to live, work and succeed in the future. Congress needs to pass the Stabenow Amendment that when paired with this infrastructure bill will ensure that consumer ... Read more

STATEMENT OF THE COVID-19 JOINT TASK FORCE REGARDING REINSTATING MASK MANDATE

Detroit - The COVID-19 Joint Task Force, comprised of the UAW, Ford, General Motors and Stellantis, has determined that personnel will be required to wear masks at all plants, offices and warehouses, regardless of vaccination status, beginning Aug. 4. This is in response to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recent change in COVID-19 workplace standards related to the Delta variant. The Task Force met and, after reviewing the recently changed CDC guidelines and community COVID-19 trends, decided it is best for worker safety to resume wearing masks in all worksites. While we know that masks can be uncomfortable, ... Read more

Statement on Further Changes to Covid-19 Protocols after Meeting of the Covid-19 Task Force

Detroit – After reviewing new data from health and medical experts as well as changes to state policies, the COVID-19 Joint Task Force, comprised of the UAW, Ford, General Motors and Stellantis, has decided to remove the mask mandate for those in the United States who have been fully vaccinated beginning July 12. The UAW, Ford, General Motors and Stellantis will also continue to comply with all state, county, and city regulations where we operate facilities. The COVID-19 Task Force met Monday, June 28 and reviewed the reports of medical experts, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and Occupational Safety and Health ... Read more

Statement on Changes to COVID-19 Protocols After Meeting with COVID-19 Task Force

Detroit – After reviewing reports from health and medical experts, the COVID-19 Joint Task Force, comprised of the UAW, Ford, General Motors and Stellantis, has agreed to continue most COVID-19 workplace protocols out of an abundance of caution. The UAW, Ford, General Motors and Stellantis will also continue to comply with all state, county, and city regulations where we operate facilities and offices. The COVID-19 Task Force met Tuesday, June 8 and reviewed the reports of medical experts, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards to maintain safety and uniformity as the companies continue to work ... Read more

Statement on Protocols After Meeting With the COVID-19 Task Force

Detroit – Out of an abundance of caution, the COVID-19 Joint Task Force, comprised of the UAW, Ford, General Motors and Stellantis, has decided to continue to require workers to wear masks at the worksite until the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issues guidelines in response to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recent change in Covid-19 workplace standards. Ford, General Motors and Stellantis will also comply with all state, county, and city regulations where we operate facilities. The COVID-19 Task Force met and after reviewing the CDC guidelines and OSHA standards, decided it is best for ... Read more

Statement from UAW Vice President Terry Dittes Director of the UAW General Motors Department

Detroit – “UAW workers at Pontiac Stamping Plant have a proud history of quality work. UAW GM members are proud to be using some of the latest technology available and add some new jobs as they continue to innovate and build at this historic facility.”

Statement of UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada, Director of the UAW Organizing Department on NLRB Tesla Decision

DETROIT – In a sweeping decision issued today, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) found Tesla to have violated the law and ordered it to cease interfering with workers seeking to organize a union at its Fremont, California plant. The NLRB found that Tesla illegally terminated a union supporter, disciplined another union supporter for engaging in protected activity, and interrogated others for speaking out about workplace injuries. The company was ordered to stop interfering in employees’ rights to communicate with fellow employees about their campaign to form a union with the UAW and must rescind several illegal policies meant to ... Read more

Statement from UAW President Rory L. Gamble on Colorado Shooting

Detroit – On behalf of the UAW and all my sisters and brothers, I want to extend our sympathies and prayers on this tragic day to the families of the 10 victims in Boulder, Colorado, shot dead in yet another senseless and unimaginable act of gun violence. This horrific incident comes just days after the shootings in Atlanta, Georgia claimed eight innocent victims. One of those victims was a police officer, who came to work yesterday to protect his community. He lost his life in the line of duty as have so many other officers like him. I want to recognize ... Read more