Tag: Ford

Heroes on the Front Lines: Denise Butsch

When Ford Motor Company’s Louisville Assembly Plant in Kentucky, stopped production in March to prevent the spread of COVID-19, UAW Local 862 member and registered nurse Denise Butsch remained on duty. As one of the local’s six nurses, she answered calls and talked with members who had questions about the virus and resources, or anxiety surrounding the pandemic. “It was busy, even if there were only a few people in the plant,” Butsch says. “People were calling and asking questions about symptoms and whether they should reach out to their doctor.” On May 18, when the plant re-opened and first-shift ... Read more

UAW Statement on the visit of President Donald J. Trump to Ford Rawsonville plant

The UAW welcomed President Donald J. Trump to the Ford Rawsonville manufacturing plant today to see the hard work of our many heroes on the line who have volunteered to make PPE equipment. Despite some in the President’s entourage not following health and safety protocols in the plant today, we want to make it clear that the CDC guidelines have not changed and it is vitally important that our members continue to follow the protocols that have been put in place to safeguard them, their families and their communities. This deadly virus has already taken the lives of 25 of ... Read more

Visiting UAW Flat Rock Heroes

VICE PRESIDENT GERALD KARIEM VISITS FORD FACILITY WHERE UAW FORD MEMBERS VOLUNTEER TO MAKE VENTILATORS   In a span of 40 days, UAW Ford Members at the Flat Rock facility working with 3M Corporation, retooled and learned to create crucial ventilators for first responders and hospital staff. Ventilators are protective cooling devices that shield medical personnel and first responders from the COVID-19 virus. Utilizing existing cooling devices from Lincoln and Ford seat coolers, as well as common parts and 3M’s design expertise, UAW Ford members have put their skills to work along with Ford plant leaders to make thousands of ... Read more

In tribute: Walter Reuther’s Impact Endures and Teaches

Walter P. Reuther is an icon and an American hero of the working class. For those of us at the UAW, there are almost no words powerful enough to describe what he means to this union and our members. And for me, as the current president of the UAW, I am so humbled and inspired by his vision, his life’s work, his tireless fight for human and civil rights and simply put, the example he set as an extraordinary human being.  Today, we mark the 50th anniversary of the plane crash that tragically took the lives of UAW President Walter ... Read more

Statement of UAW President Rory L. Gamble on Ford’s Decision to Reopen Worksites

We all knew this day would come at some point. While the companies have the sole contractual right to determine the opening of plants, our UAW focus and role is and will continue to be, on health and safety protocols in which we have the contractual right to protect our members. As we have said, our dialogue with all of our employers and employment sectors about the safety and security of everyone who enters into a plant will continue beyond the reopening of worksites. In the case of the Big 3, through the Task Force we will have an ongoing ... Read more

Statement from UAW President Rory L. Gamble on Ford Protocols

“We continue to engage in talks with Ford on an ongoing basis regarding protocols for the health and safety of our members in the workplace. The UAW is asking for as much testing as is possible to prevent exposure to the virus. That said, we also understand that the availability and accuracy of tests are fluid, developing issues as we navigate this crisis. Our position is that we employ as much testing as is possible at the current time and commit to full testing as soon as it is available. We are also strongly advocating self-reporting and testing for those ... Read more

COVID-19 Update 4/27/2020

My Brothers and Sisters, I want to start my message today by commending the brave UAW Ford, FCA and GM men and women who have stepped up and agreed to serve as paid volunteers, to go back into production facilities to begin readying them for a restart date. That effort began today, and these dedicated volunteers will play a critical role in putting our members’ safety first as we get our economy back to work. These members will be helping to ensure that the plants meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) health ... Read more

Statement of UAW Vice President Gerald Kariem Director of the UAW Ford Department on the Announcement of Expansion of COVID-19 Supply Production

Together with Ford, the UAW continues to respond to the COVID-19 crisis by shifting production to face masks for medical use, personal protective equipment and respirators. UAW Ford members continue to step up and volunteer to work during this difficult time as we expand at the facility across from Flat Rock to make respirators and at the Van Dyke Transmission Plant to make face masks for medical use. The UAW also continues to work with Ford to follow stringent CDC guidelines and go above and beyond protections for these members who are so proudly volunteering to serve their communities and ... Read more

Statement of UAW Vice President Gerald Kariem Director of the UAW Ford Department on UAW Ford Members’ 1 Millionth Face Shield

“We could not be prouder of the UAW members that have volunteered to make such a difference at this critical time in our history. These UAW Ford Members have sacrificed beyond themselves for all of us.”

COVID-19 Update – 3/31/2020

My sisters and brothers,  I want to start today by thanking my UAW family for supporting one another during this crisis. I have been so impressed to see how our members are pulling together and supporting one another as we navigate this unprecedented situation. It is with great sadness that I must report that we have lost more of our UAW family in the past few days. Over the weekend, an FCA worker at Warren Truck Assembly Plant and a member at Mopar in Centerline, Michigan passed away from the virus. We also lost a member of the President’s Staff ... Read more