Category: Statements

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

UAW President Ray Curry statement on Juneteenth

On January 1, 1863, President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation which freed more than three million enslaved people in the United States, mostly in the Confederate states.  It took another two and a half years and the surrender of the Confederate army before it became a reality for the enslaved people in Texas.  On June 19th, 1865, Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, TX, secured the state and informed them that they were free. June 19th has come to symbolize a day of freedom and unity. It is a day to reflect on our past with honesty and hope for tomorrow. ... Read more

Statement of VP Chuck Browning on State of CNHi Negotiations

Today CNH Industrial released a statement regarding the status of contract negotiations with the UAW. In response to the company’s statement, the UAW provides the following assessment of negotiations. CNH Industrial entered negotiations with a predetermined bargaining strategy based on the principles of fear and intimidation. After a month of offering little resolve to bargaining issues submitted by UAW members themselves, the UAW utilized the authority granted by an overwhelming majority of our membership and took strike action against CNH Industrial. The company immediately deployed a scab workforce that they assembled prior to the contract deadline in anticipation of a ... Read more

Workers Memorial Day Statement from UAW President Ray Curry

April 28th, Workers Memorial Day, is a day of remembrance honoring all those who lost their lives, were seriously injured, or were sickened by their work. But it is also a day to recommit ourselves to the promise that every worker has a fundamental right to a safe job. Fulfilling this promise requires that we recommit to the fight for a workplace free of hazards.  April 28, 2022, marks 52 years since Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 into law. The OSH Act was passed because of the relentless efforts of the labor movement. When OSHA ... Read more