Tag: Dennis Williams

Dennis Williams: Our Union is strong, our members united

With a strong voice and heartfelt delivery, UAW President Dennis Williams took the podium at the 37th Constitutional Convention and talked about the promises he made to members four years ago as the union’s newly elected president. “Four years later, I am proud to report to you that we have achieved our goals,” Williams said. “The bottom line is the UAW is in better shape today than it was four years ago.” In his farewell remarks to UAW delegates, he told delegates that in his four years as president, the union has had three straight years of balanced budgets, a ... Read more

Congressman Dan Kildee Speaks on the House Floor to Recognize UAW President Dennis Williams

“Mr. Speaker, I am proud today to recognize Dennis Williams as he retires from the United Auto Workers after more than 40 years of service to the union and our country. I’ve known Dennis for many, many years. Throughout his career, he has led the fight to protect the right to collectively bargaining and ensure that all workers—not just those in the union—have fair pay and safe working conditions. Like the UAW itself, Dennis has always been committed to securing economic and social justice for all workers. His experience has carried him through diverse sectors of the UAW, giving him ... Read more

Labor Voices: We are stronger together

It has been a privilege to serve as the president of the UAW for the past four years. Working together with the UAW’s dedicated officers, directors, assistant directors, staff, local union leaders and members, we have created a strong, stable and growing UAW. The Great Recession of the late 2000s created a perfect storm of challenges for the UAW, and membership fell to below 370,000 members by 2011. Operating dues also fell and we annually ran $30 million in the red. As a result, the strike and defense fund balance decreased significantly. But we have rebounded and we are stronger ... Read more

‘American Idle’ No More

UAW Launches BuildBuyUSA Song and Video Contest; $5.000 Prize to Update ‘Look for the Union Label’ Jingle Detroit, Mich. — The UAW wants Americans to buy American. And sing about it. The union, which represents automobile, aerospace and agricultural implement workers, launched a video contest to get Americans thinking about the value of buying goods manufactured in their communities. “By manufacturing goods in the United States and spending our consumer dollars on those goods, we strengthen our communities from the ground up,” said UAW International President Dennis Williams. “This contest is an innovative way to get Americans to think about how ... Read more

UAW Women’s Breakfast Speakers Remind Us: “We Are Responsible for One Another”

Photo by Jessie Jesson, UAW Local 686 About 500 UAW CAP Conference men and women gathered on Wednesday for a breakfast meeting that celebrated women and reminded everyone why this is a pivotal time. 2018 UAW Community Action Program (CAP) Conference on Wednesday. UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada, the mother of two 14-year-old twins, explained that with the turmoil on Capitol Hill, we must not allow crisis to diminish hope. “I want what all of us want, to build better, loving and caring communities,” she said.  “We need to support your people with courage, the women with courage to stand ... Read more

UAW Region 5 wins V-CAP award after raising more than $2 million

After 19 previous wins, it came as no surprise that UAW Region 5 members won this year’s V-CAP award. The award was presented by UAW President Dennis Williams and UAW Secretary-Treasurer Gary Casteel to Region 5 Director Gary Jones, whose region raised more than $2 million. And, as it has happened all 19 times, more than 1,100 CAP delegates cheered Region 5 members as Jones accepted the award on their behalf. Money raised with the voluntary donations makes it possible for union members to support candidates and issues that affect unions and working families and “helps us do the things ... Read more

UAW President Dennis Williams Announces BuildBuyUSA Contest to Launch March 7

American consumers can make a difference for working men and women when they buy products made right here in the United States, UAW President Dennis Williams told CAP delegates Sunday night. The UAW’s BuildBuyUSA Program will launch a video contest as an innovative way to create fun and excitement to supporting goods manufactured here because “we have economic power as working men and women in this country,” Williams said. The program will launch on March 7 with more details to be released soon. “We believe things change by the power of the wallet,” said Williams. The BuildBuyUSA video contest, said ... Read more

Elections Matter: UAW Community Action Program Conference Opens in Washington, D.C., with a Renewed Call for Unity and Activism

It’s been two years since members of Local 42 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, voted to join our union, but with a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) now dominated by anti-union members, they continue to be denied their rights, UAW President Dennis Williams told union political activists Sunday. Williams, speaking before more than 1,100 delegates at the 2018 UAW Community Action Program (CAP) Conference in Washington, D.C., said the change in the makeup of the NLRB was one of many consequences of the 2016 elections that hurt working Americans. Working Americans will suffer consequences for generations as a result of the tax ... Read more

Letter from UAW President Dennis Williams to members regarding DOJ case

Brothers and Sisters, You may have seen earlier this week that former Fiat Chrysler executive Al Iacobelli plead guilty to corruption charges in federal court. While Mr. Iacobelli will have to answer for his criminal conduct, it appears that in an attempt to get lenient treatment from the government he is now falsely spinning his crimes as an effort to corrupt the collective bargaining process between the UAW and Fiat Chrysler. In reality, it is plain as day that his motivation was nothing more than outright greed. Let me speak clearly. Al Iacobelli by his own admission is a crook ... Read more