Tag: Congress

UPDATE: UAW represented at State of the Union address

UPDATE (02/05/19, 9:35 a.m.): UAW Secretary-Treasurer Ray Curry has accepted the invitation of Congressman Bennie G. Thompson (Miss-02) to attend the State of the Union representing the UAW, International Union. UAW Lordstown and Warren local presidents to attend as guests of Ryan, Levin DETROIT, MI – Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09), vice chair of the U.S. House of Representatives Education and Labor Committee, and Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13), co-chair of the U.S. House Manufacturing Caucus, have invited UAW Presidents Ghana Goodwin-Dye (Warren Local 909) and Dave Green (Youngstown Local 1112) to attend President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday, ... Read more

The Human Toll of the Federal Shutdown

When Congress cannot agree on how to fund the government or specific agencies within it, those agencies will either partially or fully halt their work until an agreement is reached. In the case of the recent government shut down, we’ve saw national parks left unattended, tax filings piled up at the IRS, and restaurants going without FDA mandated food inspections as President Trump demanded that $5 billion be included in this year’s budget resolution for a border wall. Underneath the shutdown’s obvious impact on government agencies is the impact on federal workers — 800,000 of whom were laid off or ... Read more

Shutdown: It’s Time to Take Action

When we send our representatives to Washington, we expect them to roll up their sleeves and get to work, but Congressional fighting has left our federal government at a standstill for 18 days. With the doors to our government shuttered, over 800,000 federal employees are furloughed or working without pay, and Americans across the country are going without vital services. The House of Representatives has taken action and passed legislation to reopen the government, but Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans refuse to allow a vote. This is simply unacceptable. It’s time for our representatives and federal employees to get back ... Read more

2018: A Year of Stock Buybacks

Last year was an incredible year for wealthy investors, CEOs, and corporate shareholders — not so much for middle class American workers. In 2018, corporate America set a record for the highest number of stock buybacks given to shareholders within a single year. With over $1 trillion in stock buybacks and dividends going directly to investors and shareholders, successful companies overwhelmingly chose to use this year’s profits to line the pockets of the wealthiest Americans at the highest rate we’ve ever seen in the history of our country. Thanks in part to President Trump’s new tax bill, corporations saw their ... Read more

UAW President Gary Jones Issues Statement on USMCA Announcement

“For a quarter century, NAFTA has been disastrous for working people in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico and a gift to corporations offshoring good U.S. jobs. The true test of a new NAFTA agreement will be in whether it protects and enhances opportunities for the U.S. workforce and leads to higher wages and benefits for UAW members and manufacturing workers who have suffered for far too long. We think the idea and concept of the USMCA could have the potential to provide some needed relief for America’s working families. Numerous details still need to be reviewed and resolved before making ... Read more

Labor Voices: Support Pro-Worker Candidates

What have we learned from our first year under Republican control of all branches of government? Elections matter. The mid-term election is critically important. And when we vote, we must not be taken in by hollow promises. We must not be distracted or deterred from our course by the peculiar distractions of this government. We must insist on something better from Washington. We do not want more politicians who forget about working families after Election Day. We need leaders who will represent working families and who understand that a healthy democracy represents all Americans rather than the wealthy few. Read ... Read more

Statement from UAW President Dennis Williams on passage of the Republican tax bill

Yesterday was a sad day for our country and for working families. The Republican Controlled Congress ignored the voices of their constituents, including tens of thousands of UAW members and retirees, to deliver tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations that American workers and their families will feel for generations. It provides major incentives for corporations to send jobs overseas. Corporations investing in the United States will pay 21 percent in U.S. tax while ones that outsource those same jobs would pay far less. This new bill does nothing to boost wages and create good jobs. Paul Krugman summed it ... Read more

Labor Voices: Tax Plans Are Not the Answer

House Republicans released their so-called tax reform plan recently showing how out of touch they are with working people in this country. It’s not a tax reform plan at all but a tax cut plan for corporations and billionaires. Taxes, rates, interest deductions — it all sounds boring and that’s exactly how they want you to feel about it. But you should be angry. Read more on DetroitNews.com >>>

The History of Labor Day

You work hard. And when Labor Day hits Sept. 4 you know it’s your day to celebrate your role in making our economy strong while you provide for your family. Labor Day signals the unofficial end of summer with parades and barbecues and is a mainstay of American culture. But it wasn’t always that way on the first Monday of September. Labor Day started at the state level. New York was the first state to introduce Labor Day legislation. In 1887 Oregon became the first state to pass it. By 1894, almost 30 states followed suit. But it took a ... Read more

Statement from UAW President Dennis Williams on Non-Partisan CBO Study on 22 Million Americans Losing Health Coverage

On Monday, the Congressional Budget Office confirmed what has been rumored and feared about the Senate Republican health care bill written behind closed doors in Congress. The Republican’s bill is heartless and deadly. According to the Congress’ own nonpartisan CBO experts, the mean-spirited bill would force 22 million Americans to lose health care coverage completely while tens of millions will be forced to pay a lot more money for much less coverage.  Premiums will rise by an additional 20 percent next year because of this bill. The cost of health care coverage for older workers with fixed incomes could rise by ... Read more