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Statement of UAW Ford Vice President Gerald Kariem on the Groundbreaking for the New Rouge All Electric F-150 Plant

“We are proud today to announce for our Ford UAW members and our nation that Ford is building this new plant to assemble the truck of the future — a battery electric Ford F-150. Where once the Mustang changed America, UAW members will now build the truck that will change America — Built Ford Tough by UAW members.”

New Documentary Highlights UAW-Ford Ventilator Production

When Coronavirus struck in the United States, Ford and the UAW stepped up to help ensure that hospitals around the country had the supplies they needed to deal with the influx of patients. A new documentary by Friday Night Lights director Peter Berg shows how the union and the company came together to save American lives. The short film gives an inside look at how the project came together and those involved in the difficult decision to bring back UAW volunteers to the plant. UAW President Rory Gamble said of the effort, “We set a common goal and left our ... Read more

UAW President Rory L. Gamble Statement on the Retirement of Ford President Jim Hackett and Appointment of New Ford President Jim Farley

“Having worked with Jim Farley through the many challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, I know that Ford Motor Company is in steady hands that will continue the long Ford family tradition of leadership that respects its workforce and keeps communications open in a challenging industry. Jim Hackett’s tenure came at a crucial time in the automotive industry. His legacy will be how he handled the pandemic and the incredible 2020 effort to partner with the UAW to produce critically needed Personal Protective Equipment. We wish Mr. Hackett well in his retirement and our members look forward to working with Mr. ... Read more

FREEP: Juneteenth feels different this year for autoworker

Vice President Gerald Kariem For Gerald Kariem, Juneteenth feels even more special in Detroit. So many successful Black Americans today are descendants of the millions of men and women who left the south for work in the north starting back in 1916 to build Ford cars. “That caused us to be able to have a place in society,” said Kariem, who started on the assembly line at age 20 and is the son of a foundry worker. “It wasn’t just a job for financial reasons but it was a job that gave you a sense of being somebody.” Read more on www.freep.com >>>

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