Category: Statements

Statement by UAW President Rory L. Gamble on President Biden’s Commitment and Executive Order to Strengthen Buy America Provisions

DETROIT – With the stroke of a pen, President Joe Biden today sent a strong message to American workers that our government will do all it can to support buying American products, made here by American workers, recommitting to the men and women of working America. Through today’s order, the Biden Administration commits the vast power of the U.S. government to U.S. citizen made products. Joe Biden throughout his career has understood that the dignity of a job is fundamental to American families. Now UAW families, friends and our communities, must also do our part and make a conscious effort ... Read more

Statement of UAW President Rory L. Gamble on the Inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris

Detroit – “Hand on Bible, in the seat of the world’s longest democratic republic, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris took an oath that carries the hopes and dreams of all Americans to rise from the COVID-19 challenge, our economic challenges and our national division. Today we all stand together – one nation, united in our prayers for a brighter day. Today in the workplaces, the homes and the communities of UAW members, we come together to do our part in making this a ‘more perfect union.’ Today, President Biden and his diverse administration bring a new and ... Read more

Martin Luther King Jr. Day message from President Rory L. Gamble

Sisters and Brothers, This week we will see a new Administration sworn into office in Washington, D.C. With the Biden/Harris presidency, we will see the nation’s first female, and biracial Vice President along with a cabinet that promises to be the most diverse ever. And they will be joining a Congress that is the most diverse in our nation’s history. We have much to celebrate and much to be proud of. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King said he dreamt about how his four little children would one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by ... Read more

Statement of UAW President Rory L. Gamble on the Appointment of Wayne County Sheriff Ray Washington

DETROIT – “Wayne County made a strong decision today to elevate Chief Deputy Ray Washington to fill Benny Napoleon’s unexpired term as Wayne County Sheriff. Benny understood that policing required diligence, professionalism and compassion as we navigate some very serious economic and societal pressures. Ray will bring continuity, integrity and an understanding of community public service to this crucial role. The UAW congratulates Ray Washington on his appointment as Wayne County Sheriff.”

Statement of Rory L. Gamble on the Nomination of Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh as Labor Secretary

DETROIT – “Today’s selection of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh puts a labor member, long-time administrator and friend of working families in a very important but often underappreciated agency. There is much work to be done to re-establish the rightful role of the Labor Department from a period of ideological attack on working families and labor workplace protections. For the last four years, the labor protection mechanisms at the Labor Department and the appointees of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) have been dominated by anti-worker ideologues. The nomination of Marty Walsh is a strong step toward restoring the integrity and ... Read more

UAW President Rory L. Gamble Statement on Georgia U.S. Senate Runoff Elections

“UAW members worked hard in Georgia during the runoff election. Today’s election results in Georgia signal that obstructionism in Washington, D.C will end. These results also clearly signal that the American people expect Congress to work with President Elect Joe Biden on behalf of working families in this country regardless of ideology through the narrow majority in both chambers. It’s time to find common ground with the Biden Administration for the sake of UAW members at their worksites, on the factory floor, and in their communities.”

Statement of UAW Vice President Gerald Kariem Director of the UAW Ford Department on the Conversion of Members to Full-Time Status

Detroit – “During the 2019 collective bargaining negotiations, members ratified a contract that contains a defined path to full-time status. This hard-fought UAW contract priority has resulted in over 400 UAW Ford members eligible to move to full-time status in January with more to come. For many UAW families this bargained pathway will be life-changing thanks to their solidarity at the bargaining table.”

Statement of UAW Vice President Terry Dittes, Director of the UAW GM Department on the UAW Contract Elevating 650 Temporary Employees to Seniority Status in January

Detroit – “UAW members negotiated and ratified a path to seniority status in the 2019 National Negotiations and because of their contract, 650 members will gain seniority status and benefits this month. This life-changing event is a testament to our members’ hard work as permanent temporary employees and the power of collective bargaining that created this defined path for them to seniority status.”

Happy Holidays

My Sisters and Brothers, I know I have said this many times in the past 12 months, but I can’t think of anything that sums up more about what 2020 has shown us and it is this: I am so proud of each and every one of you and of this union for the strength, the courage, the sacrifice and the sheer will to stand together against the unimaginable hardships that 2020 threw at us all. As far as I’m concerned, it is SOLIDARITY at its finest. And it is the heart and soul of this union. Brothers and Sisters, ... Read more

Statement of UAW Vice President Gerald Kariem Director of the Ford department on the retirement of Ford’s Gary Johnson

“Over the past year, as Ford and the U.S. auto industry faced unprecedented challenges over the CoronaVirus pandemic, Gary Johnson worked tirelessly with the UAW and our members to address the serious health and safety issues in our workplace with collaboration, honesty and real concern. Although we had differences at the bargaining table, Gary always understood that ultimately UAW members were his family too and it was reflected in the way he approached bargaining. We wish him well in his retirement. And we look forward to working with his successor John Savona as we face the challenges of Covid, a ... Read more