Category: Statements

Statement of UAW Vice President Terry Dittes Director of the UAW GM Department on Efforts to Produce Ventilators During the Nationwide Coronavirus Pandemic

DETROIT — “We are happy to work with GM during this pandemic for the health and safety and good of our Nation as we collaborate towards the production of ventilators. The UAW has a proud history of stepping up in times of national emergency. General Motors should be commended for stepping up at a crucial moment in our history. At the UAW we are – all in – to find ways to partner together to flatten this curve and save lives.” Learn more about the COVID-19 / Coronavirus disease >>>  

UAW President Rory L. Gamble Statement on Federal Stimulus Legislation

DETROIT — The legislation unanimously passed in the Senate last night takes important steps for the Nation as we battle the public health and economic crisis stemming from this tragic pandemic. One of the main things that concerns UAW members is the package fails to provide front line workers with the health and safety protections necessary to keep them from contracting Covid-19. It includes no enforceable workplace standards and does not provide enough resources to frontline workers who are the first line of defense. Every day this week, the UAW has had to report to members on the deaths of ... Read more

UAW Statement of President Rory L. Gamble on Health and Safety Standards Regarding the Reopening of Worksites

“The UAW continues to review with great caution and concern decisions being made about restarting workplaces, especially at advanced dates.” These decisions should be informed by data and where each state is on the contagion curve. The UAW maintains that strict CDC guidelines need to be adhered to at all worksites and that prior to reopening sufficient data and protections are in place to ensure the safety of our members, their families and the public. The only guideline in a boardroom should be management asking themselves, “Would I send my family — my own son or daughter — into that ... Read more

Statement by UAW Vice President Terry Dittes Director of the UAW GM Department on a positive ID of Coronavirus at Warren Technical Center

“Our thoughts are with our member and their family, coworkers and friends at GM’s Warren Technical Center, who rightfully are worried about their loved one’s health and their exposure to Coronavirus. It is important that our members are quarantined in accordance with U.S. Government Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. The UAW is working with GM to inform any members who should be in quarantine. Since mid-February, the UAW has been actively monitoring and reacting to issues related to the spread of Coronavirus. We are working with GM on the precautions and measures necessary to protect our UAW ... Read more

UAW, GM, Ford and FCA to Enhance COVID-19/ Coronavirus Protections for Manufacturing and Warehouse Workers

DETROIT – The United Auto Workers (UAW), General Motors Co., Ford Motor Company and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) announced today they are forming a COVID-19/Coronavirus Task Force to implement enhanced protections for manufacturing and warehouse employees at all three companies. UAW President Rory Gamble, GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra, Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford, Ford President and CEO Jim Hackett and FCA CEO Michael Manley will lead the task force. They will be supported by: Terry Dittes, vice president, UAW-GM Department Gerald Kariem, vice president, UAW-Ford Department Cindy Estrada, vice president, UAW-FCA Department The medical staffs, and the manufacturing ... Read more

UAW Statement on Court Filing of Former UAW Member Gary Jones

“All UAW members including the UAW leadership are and should be angry about the charges of former UAW member Gary Jones and his alleged actions. This is a violation of trust, a violation of the sacred management of union dues, and goes against everything we believe in as a Union. Jones and all who betrayed the trust of our union should be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law, with no exceptions.  The UAW – under the leadership of President Gamble and the entire IEB – moved last November to remove Jones from office and force his expulsion ... Read more

Statement of UAW Vice President Terry Dittes, Director of the UAW GM Department, on the Addition of a Shift at Lansing

“UAW members are proud that over 1,200 new members will be added at Lansing Delta Township to support the sales of the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse; and Lansing Grand River to support the sales of the Chevrolet Camaro and the launch of two new Cadillac sedans, the CT4 and CT5. Every day UAW members, under the teamwork of Region 1D Director Steve Dawes and local leadership, help bring quality and focus to making our customers proud and selling some of the finest vehicles made in the world. We look forward to many more years of success in Lansing.”

Statement of UAW President Rory Gamble on Molson Coors Shooting

Detroit – Everyday hard-working UAW members and their coworkers go to work to make this country the great place that it is. That’s why it is so shocking to all of us that some at Molson Coors will not be coming home this evening. The UAW extends our deepest sympathy to the families of those who lost their lives in this terrible incident. We will continue to advocate for safety, mental health services, and common sense gun provisions in the workplace. We do not yet know what led to today’s incident. But we do know that deep down we must ... Read more

UAW IEB members remember President Emeritus Owen Bieber

President Rory L. Gamble: “Owen Bieber’s death is a loss for our union and all working people. He was a man of incredible leadership. He was not afraid of tough battles or taking a stand on controversial issues, ” said UAW president Rory L. Gamble. “He was not only a devoted trade unionist but a social activist whose impact was felt around the world. Whether it was his support to end apartheid in South Africa or in Poland, Owen stood on the right side of history for the nation and the world. ” Secretary-Treasurer Ray Curry: “The UAW and workers ... Read more

Statement of UAW President Rory Gamble on U.S. House Passage of the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act (H.R. 2474)

“Today is a good day for all working people. The Democratically controlled House of Representatives passed the PRO Act, legislation that goes a long way towards rebuilding our  middle class by increasing penalties against employers who violate workers’ rights to organize, protecting the right to strike, prohibiting captive audience meetings, and helping workers who choose to form a union to secure a first contract. It is legislation like the PRO ACT that will create an economy that works for all Americans instead of one that puts the interests of the 1% and multinational corporations above everyone else. We must not ... Read more