Tag: Gary Jones

FREEP – UAW chief: GM cuts show labor contracts are more essential than ever

UAW members at General Motors plants are at a pivotal time in their lives. Faced with facility shutdowns and thousands of lost jobs — all while heading into 2019’s collective bargaining process — their tomorrows bring uncertainty, questions and fear. But what it doesn’t bring is feeling alone. Because for the more than 130,000 UAW members affected by this next round of Detroit Three bargaining, they know the UAW has their back… Read more at www.freep.com >>>

UAW Helps Win Release of Zimbabwean Trade Unionists

Peter Mutasa, President of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) and ZCTU General Secretary Japhet Moyo were released on bail this week following strong demands from the UAW and others.  The two were arrested as part of the Zimbabwe government’s repressive response to the ZCTU’s “Stay Away” of January 14-16, 2019.  The purpose of the “Stay Away” was to demand a reversal of a fuel price increase that exceeded 200%. The price increase worsened an already unbearably high cost of living. Police and security forces violently attacked peaceful protesters. According to the Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO forum, there were ... Read more

Statement of UAW President Gary Jones on the Passing of Former Representative John Dingell

We celebrate the life of a true friend to UAW members tonight. John Dingell’s voice filled the halls of Congress with a message of hope for working families in a career spanning nearly 60 years. He was a legend in the halls of Congress. But in Michigan he was that rare accessible hero that would fight for our paychecks, our health care, our labor rights and our civil and human rights. Let the words of history honor his integrity, wit and the impact he still has on our daily lives. And we give thanks to Debbie and his children for ... Read more

Joint Statement From UAW President Gary Jones and Unifor President Jerry Dias

“As is our common practice, as Presidents of the UAW and Unifor we met with UAW GM Vice President Terry Dittes last night for dinner, and again this morning, to discuss joint issues involving International Trade, International Unions and common issues related to our unions. This has been a common practice and as you know we are united in our history. Unifor and the UAW are and always have been committed to act in solidarity on behalf of our members and working families in Canada and the United States. United we are stronger. And we remain united through our shared ... Read more

Statement of UAW President Gary Jones Regarding Tonight’s State of the Union Speech

“Tonight’s speech is an important reminder that there is much to do for the American worker and their families. UAW Local Presidents from Lordstown, OH Local 1112 and Warren, MI Local 909 are in House Chambers as symbolic reminders of the failure of trade and industrial policies in our Nation. The dignity of work — of a good job with living wages and benefits, is not a partisan issue. If there is hope for finding common ground in Washington let it be progress for the workers in Lordstown, Detroit and Baltimore and all over this Nation who have watched their ... Read more

Statement of UAW President Gary Jones on the President’s Buy American Announcement

“The President has taken important steps to adhere to the concept that the U.S. government and consumers should Buy American. When consumers invest in the products of U.S. workers we each make an investment in all of us. And it’s not just government. Companies like General Motors have an obligation to build where they sell and stop exporting jobs abroad. After all, we invested in General Motors in their darkest days. Now they need to invest in us.” -UAW President Gary Jones

Labor Voices: GM leaves workers’ futures uncertain

The focus of General Motors’ November announcement shutting down plants in Lordstown, Ohio; Hamtramck and Warren, Michigan; and Baltimore, Maryland shouldn’t be about money. It should be about people. UAW Local 22, Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant electrician Paul Meszaros, of Dearborn, says, ‘We’ll work for heat right now,” as he joins others at a candlelight vigil at Hart Plaza, Friday evening, January 18, 2019. UAW and Canadian Unifor workers protest the projected closings of GM plants. UAW GM members are dedicated and committed to making a great product, supporting the success of a company, and supporting a solid, prosperous community. Unfortunately, ... Read more

UAW President Gary Jones Issues Statement on VW Announcement of New EV in Tennessee

“We are encouraged by today’s product announcement and we look forward to the day when VW agrees to follow U.S. labor laws.” -Gary Jones, President UAW International Union

UAW Endorses Lavora Barnes for Michigan Democratic Party Chair

The UAW International Union endorsed Lavora Barnes Thursday for the Michigan Democratic Party Chair. “We believe Lavora has the ability to unify the Democratic Party while providing strong leadership and building on the success of the 2018 election,” said Gary Jones, UAW International President. Jones said Barnes was endorsed by the UAW officers and the Michigan Regional Directors. As the Chief Operating Officer at the Michigan Democratic Party, Barnes captained the 2018 election of Democratic candidates for Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State and gains in the Supreme Court as well as the Legislature. “Lavora has the ability to hit ... Read more

GM should fight for workers, not profits

Visit Hamtramck these days and you’ll feel a thick sense of resentment in the air. A feeling of unfairness and having been abandoned permeates, and reasonably so: because workers at the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant were given a raw deal. And so was the surrounding community. On the Monday after Thanksgiving, General Motors announced its decision to stop production at the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant, idling thousands of workers and laying a blow to thousands of supplier jobs and supporting businesses. For Hamtramck, the announcement means 1,500 plus jobs lost. But it also means a community that gave up a big chunk ... Read more