Tag: Congress

TELL CONGRESS: make workers well-being and economic security your top priority

As COVID-19 wreaks havoc across the world, people coming down with the virus is skyrocketing, and it is uncertain when this pandemic will end. What is clear is we are not taking all the necessary steps to fight this virus.. Millions of the brave nurses, doctors, firefighters, policemen, and other first responders do not even have basic protective gear they need to not get infected themselves. Millions of Americans have been laid off , or seen their hours cut as business are ordered to shut down and people ordered to stay at home. We all have a role to play ... Read more

Time for a check-up … How is labor faring under this administration and Congress?

As we head full swing into the 2020 Presidential Election year, let’s take a hard look at how the men and women of the United States labor force have fared under this administration. Social Security in danger of cuts: Federal worker pensions have been targeted to offset deficit-inflating tax cuts for the wealthiest of Americans. Social Security benefit rules are changing to encourage workers to retire later, meaning an aging workforce with increased medical needs. Many employers are increasing retiree costs for health care or phasing out coverage altogether. Medicare isn’t available until age 65 and doesn’t cover all medical ... Read more

Tell Congress: Support the PRO Act – H.R. 2474

Right now, Congress has a critical opportunity to strengthen workers’ rights supported by the UAW. The Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, H.R. 2474, which would give millions of America’s workers additional protections to organize and negotiate for better pay and benefits, and a voice on the job. The U.S. House of Representatives will vote next week on this crucial piece of legislation. But greedy CEOs will do everything they can to oppose working people standing together. Can you make a call right now to tell your representative to pass the PRO Act? It’s no secret that the right ... Read more

Will the “new” NAFTA work for US?

The UAW has one goal: support the U.S. worker in all aspects of their professions. That includes involvement in U.S. trade policy decisions where our overarching focus is creating good paying U.S. jobs —  now and in the future. Currently, more than 900,000 people work in the auto and auto-parts manufacturing sectors alone. This has a far-reaching economic impact going beyond the shop floor. The Center for Automotive Research estimates that every assembly plant job supports an additional 9 to 12 jobs in the United States. The effect continues into our communities. Automakers, suppliers, dealerships, and the local businesses that ... Read more

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

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