Tag: covid-19

Statement on Further Changes to Covid-19 Protocols after Meeting of the Covid-19 Task Force

Detroit – After reviewing new data from health and medical experts as well as changes to state policies, the COVID-19 Joint Task Force, comprised of the UAW, Ford, General Motors and Stellantis, has decided to remove the mask mandate for those in the United States who have been fully vaccinated beginning July 12. The UAW, Ford, General Motors and Stellantis will also continue to comply with all state, county, and city regulations where we operate facilities. The COVID-19 Task Force met Monday, June 28 and reviewed the reports of medical experts, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and Occupational Safety and Health ... Read more

Statement on Changes to COVID-19 Protocols After Meeting with COVID-19 Task Force

Detroit – After reviewing reports from health and medical experts, the COVID-19 Joint Task Force, comprised of the UAW, Ford, General Motors and Stellantis, has agreed to continue most COVID-19 workplace protocols out of an abundance of caution. The UAW, Ford, General Motors and Stellantis will also continue to comply with all state, county, and city regulations where we operate facilities and offices. The COVID-19 Task Force met Tuesday, June 8 and reviewed the reports of medical experts, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards to maintain safety and uniformity as the companies continue to work ... Read more

Statement on Protocols After Meeting With the COVID-19 Task Force

Detroit – Out of an abundance of caution, the COVID-19 Joint Task Force, comprised of the UAW, Ford, General Motors and Stellantis, has decided to continue to require workers to wear masks at the worksite until the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issues guidelines in response to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recent change in Covid-19 workplace standards. Ford, General Motors and Stellantis will also comply with all state, county, and city regulations where we operate facilities. The COVID-19 Task Force met and after reviewing the CDC guidelines and OSHA standards, decided it is best for ... Read more

Statement by UAW President Rory L. Gamble and International Executive Board Concerning the Continuation of COVID Protocols

The UAW is currently looking at the new COVID protocols released by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) earlier this week. We are asking all of our members to continue to be vigilant with existing protocols as we determine the best course of safety and security for our members, their families and their communities. We are working to clearly understand these new CDC guidelines and coordinating with the companies. Our position is, as always, what is best to keep our members safe. We appreciate the profound sacrifices UAW members have already made to keep our brothers and sisters safe. In ... Read more

New Digital Tools to Help Find a COVID-19 Vaccine

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Health and Human Services have launched a website and text line to help Americans looking for COVID-19 vaccines book appointments. The digital tools will allow easy access to vaccine scheduling from any computer or smartphone.  Visitors to vaccines.gov can enter their ZIP code to receive a list of local vaccine providers with available appointments. Texting a ZIP code to 438829 (GETVAX) will also bring up a list of nearby vaccination opportunities. The tools are also available in Spanish at www.vacunas.gov or by texting 822862 (VACUNA).

Statement of UAW President Rory L. Gamble on Passage of the American Recovery Program

Taking strong and decisive measures to end the pandemic and create a pathway for a speedy, equitable and sustained economic recovery, President Biden and Congress have made major strides toward protecting the health and safety of the American people. The new law provides direct payments to struggling American taxpayers and extends weekly unemployment benefits for families in need through Labor Day and makes a substantial portion of aid from last year tax-free. It provides $350 billion to state, local, and territorial governments who have laid off critical front-line workers including UAW members due to budget shortfalls. The law will help ... Read more

UAW Statement on the positive tests of the President, First Lady and staff

Detroit — Our thoughts and prayers are with the President, First Lady and White House staff for a quick recovery from COVID-19. UAW members know all too well the danger of this pandemic and we pray for the health and recovery of all who are infected, exposed or caring for family members. Today’s news is a shocking reminder to all UAW members that this pandemic does not discriminate and we are all at risk. Please continue to follow all protocols including wearing masks, washing hands, sanitizing, limiting public exposures and continuing to self-report and quarantine when we experience symptoms or ... 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