Detroit, MI — The UAW congratulates fellow autoworker, honorary UAW member, and long-time friend, President-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, better known as Lula, for his globally crucial victory in Sunday’s presidential election against right-wing incumbent Jair Bolsonaro. Lula’s return to the presidency comes at a moment of acute political and social tensions in Brazil, with concerns about rising levels of poverty in an economy that has yet to fully recover from the damage wrought by the pandemic. As president of Brazil from 2003 to 2010, he became one of the most consequential leaders of our time, implementing programs to ... Read more
Detroit – UAW President Ray Curry called on Mexican labor authorities and General Motors Friday to take all necessary steps to ensure that the upcoming union election at GM’s Silao plant in Mexico is democratic, transparent, and free from intimidation. Over 7,000 workers at the plant will have an opportunity to vote their union representation on February 1 and 2. “The UAW has a long history standing in solidarity with workers seeking independent union representation in the United States and around the world,” said Curry. “This solidarity extends to our brothers and sisters in Mexico and the workers of General ... Read more
Pursuant to the Consent Decree entered by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan in the matter of United States v. International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America, 20 Cv. 13293 (DML-RSW) (E.D. Mich.), concluding civil litigation brought by the Department of Justice against the UAW, the UAW is holding a union-wide secret ballot Referendum this fall concerning the method and procedures for the election of the members of the International Executive Board (IEB), specifically, International President, International Secretary-Treasurer, International Vice Presidents, and Regional Directors. The UAW membership will vote on the ... Read more
Flint Truck and AC Spark Plug Veteran to Lead UAW in 73 MI Counties FLINT – Michigan Delegates from UAW locals in 73 counties met in Flint today to select a successor to long-time Regional Director Gerald Kariem, who became a UAW Vice President in January. Delegates selected Steve Dawes, a veteran spot welder from the Flint Assembly Plant with a long history of service to the union. Dawes has been an Assistant Director since 2010 and helped steer the merger between Regions 1C and 1D in 2014. “Brother Dawes brings to the table vast experience in contract negotiations and ... Read more
This afternoon, in accordance with today’s NLRB ruling, the UAW filed a new petition on behalf of Chattanooga production and maintenance workers. This morning the NLRB directed the Board’s Regional Office to dismiss a petition filed on April 9 but stated that the UAW could “immediately file a new petition.” This afternoon, as soon it was able to do so, the UAW immediately filed a new petition, again seeking a vote among Chattanooga production and maintenance workers.
Two thousand UAW members, Dayton-area residents, family members and supporters from throughout Ohio and Indiana turned out today to show support for Fuyao Glass Plant workers who on Oct. 16 filed a request with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for a representation election at the Ohio plant. On Tuesday, the NLRB set the election for Nov. 8-9 at the plant.
UAW Calls on Company to Cease Threats, Intimidation of Workers (Pictured: employees at Nissan’s Canton plant participate in the March on Mississippi earlier this year) CANTON, Miss. — Acting on behalf of Nissan employees, the UAW today reached an agreement with Nissan to hold a two-day union representation election, supervised by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), on Thursday, Aug. 3, and Friday, Aug. 4, in Canton, Miss. In an election petition filed with the NLRB, Nissan employees originally sought to schedule the election earlier that same week but instead agreed to the Aug. 3-4 dates offered by the company. In announcing the ... Read more
(Maumee) – At a special regional leadership meeting Thursday, Rich Rankin was elected to fill out the remaining term as Regional Director of the UAWs Indiana and Ohio membership. Rankin succeeds Ken Lortz who retired on May 31. “It’s an honor to represent our Indiana and Ohio members and advocate for each of them at the bargaining table,” said Director Rankin. “I’d like to thank Ken Lortz for being a great friend and mentor and leaving the region in great shape, with a formidable regional team in place. We have a strong tradition of leadership, bargaining gains, and community service ... Read more
OFFICIALS APPLAUD WORKERS ‘COURAGE AND PERSISTENCE,’
URGE VOLKSWAGEN TO RESPECT DECISION CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Skilled trades employees at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant have voted overwhelmingly to designate UAW Local 42 as their representative for the purpose of initiating collective bargaining. In a two-day election on Thursday and Friday, 152 skilled trades employees cast ballots. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which supervised the election, confirmed that 71% of employees voting favored recognition for Local 42. Federal law provides for units within a workforce to seek recognition for the purpose of achieving collective bargaining. “A key objective for our local union always has ... Read more
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The UAW today released the following statements reacting to the decision by the National Labor Relations board to order a representation election for skilled trades employees at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga facility despite the company’s efforts to block the election. Gary Casteel, UAW secretary-treasurer and director of the union’s Transnational Department: “It’s unfortunate that, in the middle of Volkswagen’s widening emissions scandal, we had to spend weeks debating workers’ rights that clearly are protected under federal law. Volkswagen’s attempt to sidestep U.S. law was a waste of employees’ time and energy, and a waste of government resources. Looking ahead, ... Read more