Tag: coronavirus

New Documentary Highlights UAW-Ford Ventilator Production

When Coronavirus struck in the United States, Ford and the UAW stepped up to help ensure that hospitals around the country had the supplies they needed to deal with the influx of patients. A new documentary by Friday Night Lights director Peter Berg shows how the union and the company came together to save American lives. The short film gives an inside look at how the project came together and those involved in the difficult decision to bring back UAW volunteers to the plant. UAW President Rory Gamble said of the effort, “We set a common goal and left our ... Read more

Vice President Cindy Estrada: This election is critical for us all

As delegates gather online for this year’s historic Democratic National Convention, UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada says this online-only convention is key to success in November, especially for women. “It’s exciting because we have the first African-American and Southeast Asian woman vice presidential nominee running a strong, dynamic program,” says Estrada. “Kamala Harris understands the importance of unions and that people are ready for a change.” She also noted that this week marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the19th amendment, which granted women the right to vote. Estrada says it’s groundbreaking to have Harris on the ticket for ... Read more

Summary of President Donald Trump’s four COVID-19 executive orders signed on August 8, 2020

Unemployment Insurance: Under the CARES Act, passed into law earlier this year, unemployed workers received an additional $600 in weekly benefits from the federal government. The $600 in aid expired at the end of July, leaving workers to rely on often meager state benefits. President Trump’s executive order cuts aid by $200, to $400 per week. However, the order requires state governments to pay 25 percent ($100) of the $400 Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefit. Due to the pandemic, many states cannot afford the additional $100 thereby further reducing aid to $300. This executive order uses funds that were intended to ... Read more

UAW President Rory L. Gamble Statement on the HEALS Act

“Outside the bubble of Washington, D.C. our families continue to struggle with an economy devastated by this pandemic. This impacts UAW members, their families, their communities and their jobs, all of which depend on a resilient economy. This issue needs to be solved. In the short term, families need a temporary extension of current benefits, including the $600 a week supplemental unemployment until a final bill is resolved. In the long term, families need a continuation of these enhanced $600 unemployment benefits, access to affordable health care coverage and adequate funding for local and state governments to support their needs. ... Read more

Detroit News – Opinion: Unions support workers during crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has sent our world into a public health and economic tailspin. As of May, the national unemployment rate was at 13.3%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In Michigan, it is a staggering 21.2% — worse than the Great Recession. The Washington Post reports that more than 100,000 businesses have closed permanently. But more important, lives are at stake. Read more on www.detroitnews.com >>>

Front Line Heroes | Ronald Clayton, Astin Gray and Tianyuan “Kimmy” Huang-Walsh

“I would like to recognize and commend everyone who plays an integral part as essential workers across the UAW, with a special emphasis on my brothers and sisters who perform cleanup duties. We have always known our value and worth with the jobs we perform, from the roof tops and tanks to the tunnels below, to keep our plants running smoothly. “I would like to thank three people at Louisville Assembly Plant who stayed the course voluntarily, from the moment the plant went down to present. They could have taken layoff or said they didn’t feel safe and Leadec could ... Read more

COVID-19 Update 6/8/2020

My Sisters and Brothers, I want to begin this message by recognizing the strength and courage of this union and each and every one of you. These past couple of months have been extraordinarily difficult for all of us — and for all of America. And as we work to open up our economy and go back to work, I know there are so many concerns and fears. Many of our brave brothers and sisters began returning to work over the past few weeks. I know that you are working long hours in uncomfortable masks and gloves and other Personal ... Read more

Heroes on the Front Lines: Michelle Crumbie

UAW Local 862 member and registered nurse Michelle Crumbie has worked in a hospital as an X-ray technician, and as a nurse in the hospital, the local health department and as a veteran’s benefits representative. None of those prepared her for COVID-19. As a nurse in an auto plant, it is a different world than she is used to. Now, when she is at work at the Ford Louisville Assembly Plant in Louisville, Kentucky, she wears a mask and sometimes a welder’s shield over her eyeglasses if she is dealing with an ill worker. If needed, she has a medical ... Read more

Labor Voices – Opinion: Pandemic tells painful story of inequality

This global pandemic is a worldwide tragedy on so many levels for so many people, and the full impact is still an unknown. But what is not unknown is one undeniable, shameful story of inequality, of lost opportunity, of wasted minds and hearts, and of unnecessary pain and suffering. We need only to look at the statistics: COVID-19, while devastating families across the nation with illness and deaths, is hitting communities of color especially hard. The reasons for this have been in front of us for years. Coronavirus has emphasized a lack of equal access to work, health care and a safe ... Read more

Heroes on the Front Lines: Denise Butsch

When Ford Motor Company’s Louisville Assembly Plant in Kentucky, stopped production in March to prevent the spread of COVID-19, UAW Local 862 member and registered nurse Denise Butsch remained on duty. As one of the local’s six nurses, she answered calls and talked with members who had questions about the virus and resources, or anxiety surrounding the pandemic. “It was busy, even if there were only a few people in the plant,” Butsch says. “People were calling and asking questions about symptoms and whether they should reach out to their doctor.” On May 18, when the plant re-opened and first-shift ... Read more