Tag: covid-19

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

Statement from UAW President Rory L. Gamble: We must reverse policies that punish international students

In the past two weeks, the Administration has announced the latest in a series of policies that target workers and students who come to the United States to live, study, and work. On June 22, 2020, President Donald Trump issued an Executive Proclamation prohibiting many H, L and J visa holders from around the world from entering the U.S. to work and study. With the international scholar community still reeling from this order, U.S. Immigrant and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced on July 6 that international students on F and M visas will face deportation if their school switches to online ... 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

Testing for COVID-19

Sisters and Brothers, I want to address some of the comments and questions I’ve been hearing over the past few days concerning testing for the COVID-19 virus. Last week, UAW International staff members in Michigan received COVID-19 testing. I have heard some pretty strong comments from members concerning our staff having access to the testing. I want to address this quickly and directly. The UAW, just like the companies, is an employer. And just like the companies, we are responsible for our employees’ health and safety while they are in the workplace. The International staff has had two confirmed cases ... Read more

COVID-19 Update 5/8/2020

My Brothers and Sisters, I want to start this message today by recognizing our front line workers, our members who have volunteered to step up and make life-saving Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and those who have gone back to help ready the plants for a return to work. And, although, we all knew this day would come, I know there is a great deal of concern as we begin the necessary process of re-starting our economy. And while it is the companies that have the sole contractual right to determine the opening of plants, we have the contractual right to ... Read more

COVID-19 has impacted all of us. Union Plus can help.

Our Union Plus program partners have accommodations for members struggling during this public health crisis. Participants in our Union Plus Mortgage, Credit Card, Personal Loan, or Supplemental Insurance programs may be eligible for additional hardship assistance through the Union Plus Mortgage Assistance Program and Union Plus Hardship Help. Visit unionplus.org and follow Union Plus on Facebook at facebook.com/unionplus for ongoing program updates and resources. Be well and stay healthy, The Union Plus team

Statement from UAW President Rory L. Gamble on Delaying an Early May Start Date

At this point in time, the UAW does not believe the scientific data is conclusive that it is safe to have our members back in the workplace. We have not done enough testing to really understand the threat our members face. We want to make sure the scientific data is supportive and every possible health protocols and enhanced protections are in place before UAW members walk into the workplace. We are in support of Governor Whitmer extending the Stay at Home order. We strongly suggest to our companies in all sectors that an early May date is too soon and ... Read more