STATEMENT FROM UAW PRESIDENT GARY JONES ON THE PASSING OF SERGIO MARCHIONNE “During the industry’s dark days of the recession, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and RAM were at a perilous point. Working with the UAW members, the FCA rebirth was borne when many doubted it would come. As in all labor-management relationships, there were clashes and disagreements. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sergio’s family. And when history looks back at his legacy, despite bumps and bruises along the way, in the end, the sun wasn’t setting when he left the company, the sun was rising. That will long be remembered.” ... Read more
Forty-four years ago today, the UAW lost a great leader, Walter Reuther, his wife May, and four others in a tragic plane crash near Onaway, Mich., May 9, 1970. In an unprecedented show of respect and solidarity, on the day of Walter and May’s funeral, May 12, UAW members at over 300 plants across the U.S. and Canada turned off their machines and halted assembly lines for three minutes to honor their fallen leader.