Tag: Cindy Estrada

GM, FCA Bargaining Committees Introduced at UAW Special Bargaining Convention

On the second day of the UAW’s Special Bargaining Convention, Vice President Terry Dittes, director of the UAW General Motors Department, and Vice President Cindy Estrada, director of the UAW FCA Department, introduced members of the national bargaining committees and presented sector reports. The committee members will begin negotiations with the automakers this summer. In her report, Estrada said FCA will open the first new auto plant in Detroit in nearly three decades. “You can build a plant right here in the city of Detroit with union wages and still make a profit,” she said. In her remarks, Estrada emphasized ... Read more

Statement from UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada on FCA US Investment and Jobs Announcement

“Today’s announcement is great news for the members of the UAW, our represented suppliers and the communities that our members work in. At a time when the Detroit area and other communities are seeing auto plants without work and in jeopardy of closing while companies continue to ship vehicles into the US from Mexico, China, Korea and other countries it is exciting to see that we can work with FCA and secure good union jobs here in Michigan. The UAW membership of FCA has lived through some tough times over the last 10-15 years. But through all of this they ... Read more

Statements on the death of Sergio Marchionne

STATEMENT FROM UAW PRESIDENT GARY JONES ON THE PASSING OF SERGIO MARCHIONNE “During the industry’s dark days of the recession, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and RAM were at a perilous point. Working with the UAW members, the FCA rebirth was borne when many doubted it would come. As in all labor-management relationships, there were clashes and disagreements. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sergio’s family. And when history looks back at his legacy, despite bumps and bruises along the way, in the end, the sun wasn’t setting when he left the company, the sun was rising. That will long be remembered.” ... Read more

UAW VP Cindy Estrada, Director of the FCA Department, Congratulates Belvidere UAW Members on Jeep Cherokee Most American Award

Cars.com has released its annual American-Made Index, naming the 2018 Jeep Cherokee the most American-made vehicle. The Index ranks cars based on the percentage of parts and supplies originating in the United States. The Jeep Cherokee, assembled by UAW members in Belvidere, Illinois, rose from number 2 in the 2017 rankings to take this year’s top spot. Cindy Estrada, Director of the UAW FCA Department, congratulated the workers who assemble the Jeep Cherokee, saying “Our UAW members in Belvidere take great pride in the quality American craftsmanship that goes into each Jeep Cherokee. We need more products like the Cherokee, built ... Read more

GM Takes Next Step Toward Future with Self-Driving Vehicle Manufacturing in Michigan

DETROIT — After more than a year of building test vehicles for development of its self-driving technology, General Motors today announced it will build production versions of its Cruise AV at its Orion Township assembly plant in Michigan. Roof modules for GM’s self-driving vehicles will be assembled at its Brownstown plant. The Cruise AV, which the company plans to commercialize in 2019, is the first production-ready vehicle built from the ground up to operate safely on its own with no driver, steering wheel, pedals or manual controls. “We’re continuing to make great progress on our plans to commercialize in 2019,” said ... Read more

Huffington Post: Bernie Sanders To Hold Televised Town Hall On Economic Inequality

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) plans to hold a live, televised town hall on March 19 devoted to exploring the issue of economic inequality. The scheduled guests include Catherine Coleman Flowers, a founder of the Alabama Center for Rural Enterprise Community Development Corp., an anti-poverty group; Gordon Lafer, a labor policy expert at the University of Oregon; and Cindy Estrada, a vice president of the United Auto Workers labor union. Read more on the Huffington Post >>>

UAW Women’s Breakfast Speakers Remind Us: “We Are Responsible for One Another”

Photo by Jessie Jesson, UAW Local 686 About 500 UAW CAP Conference men and women gathered on Wednesday for a breakfast meeting that celebrated women and reminded everyone why this is a pivotal time. 2018 UAW Community Action Program (CAP) Conference on Wednesday. UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada, the mother of two 14-year-old twins, explained that with the turmoil on Capitol Hill, we must not allow crisis to diminish hope. “I want what all of us want, to build better, loving and caring communities,” she said.  “We need to support your people with courage, the women with courage to stand ... Read more

Statement from UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada on Average $11,750 Profit Sharing Per Member

“Today’s General Motors profit sharing, established under the 2015 contract negotiations, recognizes that UAW GM members’ hard work is an essential part of General Motors sales and profits. UAW members at GM negotiated a well-deserved share in the profits of their hard work and sacrifice.”

Labor Voices: Focus on Income Inequality

It’s the holidays, the time of year when most of us increase charitable giving to make sure shelter, food and gifts are given to economically struggling men, women and children. A third of annual giving occurs in the last quarter of the year and 18 percent of that total is donated in December. Labor unions and members are among the giving, sharing both time and money generously, year-round. Read more on www.detroitnews.com >>>  

Make Detroit water affordable

This month, Philadelphia started the country’s first water affordability program to help low-income residents pay their water bill on time, generate reliable revenue, and keep the water flowing to impacted households. If Philadelphia can find a water affordability solution, so can Detroit. Read more on detroitnews.com >>>