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
Detroit — UAW President Dennis Williams and UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell released the following statements today on behalf of the one million UAW members and retirees Vice President Stepp served: “The UAW’s International Executive Board is saddened about the passing of our brother Marc Stepp, whom we will always remember as a trailblazer, a beloved union leader and a committed community activist,” said UAW President Dennis Williams. “Marc set several milestones, including being the first African-American to lead negotiations at a Detroit 3 automaker. Just as important, he was a leader who always showed that UAW members cared just ... Read more
“Our heartfelt sympathy is extended to the family, friends and all of those who worked with UAW member Donald Megge, 53, of Sterling Heights, who died this morning in a tragic accident shortly after starting his shift at Fiat Chrysler’s Jefferson Avenue North Assembly Plant today. Megge, a millwright and wastewater operator, died while he was performing regular preventative maintenance during a shift that started at 5:30 a.m. He was working alone and discovered at about 6:30 this morning. The incident remains under investigation by state and federal health and safety officials, and union and company health and safety professionals.” ... 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.