Category: Statements

Statement from UAW Vice President Terry Dittes Director of the General Motors Department on Investments at GM Romulus GPS and GM Bedford Casting Operations

Detroit – Today’s investment by General Motors in the Romulus GPS and GM Bedford Casting Operations recognizes the world class production of engines and engine components by UAW members. By investing over $100 million dollars, GM has made a commitment to the work and jobs that benefit UAW members, their families and communities in Romulus and Bedford. Romulus GPS produces V6 engines and 10-speed transmissions used in a variety of Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles. Bedford Casting Operations produces aluminum transmission casings, converter housings, heads, and small gas engine blocks that are used in a variety of Chevrolet, Buick, ... Read more

Statement of UAW President Rory L. Gamble on the death of AFL-CIO President Emeritus John J. Sweeney

Detroit – “History will remember AFL-CIO President John Sweeney for his soft-spoken heartfelt leadership that bridged the labor movement in the United States during a crucial time in American history. President Sweeney was dealt a tough hand post-NAFTA and sought to modernize organizing, advocacy and mobilization and focus on diversity and inclusion of the modern labor movement. It is these imprints that UAW members and all of labor benefit from today. The UAW sends condolences to brother Sweeney’s family and a heartfelt thanks for the imprint he has made in our worksites and our homes.”

Statement of Terry Dittes UAW Vice President and Director of the UAW General Motors Department on the new role and pending retirement of GM Vice President of Labor Relations

“We want to wish Scott Sandefur the best of luck in his new role and his retirement in 2021.  Scott is a man of integrity and credibility.  We saw issues between G.M. and the UAW differently many times while working together.  During those time of disagreements, he did not compromise his values or credibility while performing his duties. On behalf of the UAW, we wish Scott all the best in the future.”

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.”