Tag: Death

UAW Mourns the Passing of Former Region 9A Director Phil Wheeler

“The entire UAW family today expresses great sadness at the passing of Phil Wheeler,” says UAW President Ray Curry. “Phil was a tough leader who never shied away from taking on companies. Under his tough exterior was a man who loved the labor movement, UAW members and fighting for social justice.” Phil became a UAW member in 1964 when he was hired into Colt Firearms in Hartford, Connecticut, after the Army. He became steward of UAW Local 376, then moved to shop chairperson in 1967 and president in 1969. In 1986, he was appointed assistant director of Region 9A, which covers New ... Read more

Statement by UAW Leadership on the Death of Member While Reporting to Picket at John Deere

Detroit – UAW members mourned the death today of a 56-year-old member of Milan, Ill, Local 79, who was a 15-year employee at the Milan John Deere Parts Distribution Plant in Moline, Ill.  He was struck in a traffic accident and fatally injured while walking to the picket line. “On behalf of the UAW and all working families, we mourn the passing of our UAW brother,” said Ray Curry, UAW President. “It is a somber time to lose a member who made the ultimate sacrifice in reporting to picket for a better life for his family and coworkers.” The UAW ... Read more

COVID-19 Update from UAW President Rory Gamble

My Sisters and Brothers, My update today, once again, includes some very sad news. One of our members at FCA Warren Truck in Michigan passed away today due to the Coronavirus. On behalf of myself and the entire International Executive Board, I want to extend our sincerest sympathies to the family and friends of our dear member. Also, today FCA officials sent home the few remaining MOPAR workers at the parts distribution center in Center Line, Michigan, after at least one employee tested positive for the virus. The center had been open with paid volunteers only as it is an ... Read more

Today is the 44th anniversary of the tragic death of Walter and May Reuther

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.