Tag: Gary Jones

Labor Voices: Handshake symbolizes struggle for worker rights

It’s hard to think about the cold right now in Michigan. With news about heatwaves and soaring heat index ratings, December seems a world away. But some of us thought about December this week. This past Monday and Tuesday, the Big Three automakers sat down with UAW leadership for the ceremonial handshake — the handshake that historically starts off all contract negotiations. We’ve been negotiating contracts with these groups for over 65 years, and each negotiation starts with this same handshake. Negotiations didn’t always start this way, however, and that’s where we get to December. Read more at The Detroit News >>>

UAW President Gary Jones Remarks at the 110th NAACP Convention

On July 22nd, UAW President Gary Jones delivered an address to delegates at the 110th NAACP Convention in Detroit, Michigan. Jones honored the organization’s history and continued work as a champion for civil rights across America. He also highlighted the UAW’s commitment to ensuring racial equality during the American civil rights movement and the struggle to end apartheid in South Africa and pledged that the UAW will continue to stand with the NAACP to ensure equality and justice for all Americans. The transcript of his remarks can be found below.     Gary Jones Remarks 110th NAACP Annual Convention July ... Read more

UAW and FCA Kick Off Bargaining

UAW International President Gary Jones’s Remarks FCA Handshake Ceremony July 16, 2019 FCA Headquarters 1:00 p.m. Good afternoon UAW Brothers and Sisters, fellow UAW board members and the members of our great bargaining councils. Good afternoon members of the FCA leadership. Mark Stewart, Thank you for being here for this important event. I’d like to start by recognizing the hard work of the UAW FCA Department, led by my Sister and friend, Vice President Cindy Estrada, and the members of FCA national negotiating committee. It is an honor to be here today to represent the hardest working men and women ... Read more

UAW and GM Begin 2019 Negotiations

UAW International President Gary Jones GM Handshake Ceremony July 16, 2019 Detroit Marriott Ambassador Ballroom 10:00 a.m. Good morning UAW Brothers and Sisters, fellow UAW board members and the members of our great bargaining councils. Good morning members of the GM leadership. Mary, thank you for coming to this important event​. I’d like to start by recognizing the hard work of the UAW GM Department, led by my Brother and friend, Vice President Terry Dittes, and the members of the GM national negotiating committee. It is an honor to be here today on behalf of the greatest workforce in the ... Read more

UAW-Ford Bargaining Kicks Off

Transcript of UAW President Gary Jones’s Remarks Ford Motor Company Handshake Ceremony July 15, 2019 Ford World Headquarters 10:00 a.m.   Good morning UAW Brothers and Sisters, fellow UAW board members and the members of our great bargaining councils. Good morning members of the Ford leadership team. It is great that Bill Ford has joined us for this important event in our history … Thank you. I’d like to start by recognizing the hard work of the UAW Ford Department, led by my Brother and friend, Vice President Rory Gamble, and the members of the Ford national negotiating committee. It ... Read more

ILO passes landmark measure against violence and harassment in the workplace

On Friday, June 21, 2019, the International Labour Organization (ILO), an arm of the United Nations that sets internationally recognized labor standards, took a historic step forward by adopting a new landmark convention against violence and harassment in the workplace. Convention 190, which will be binding for governments that ratify it, was passed by a wide margin of votes on the final day of the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) annual conference of governments, employers and workers. “This is truly a momentous moment for workers all over the world,” said UAW President Gary Jones.  “The UAW has been, and always will ... Read more

Statement on Memorial Day from UAW President Gary Jones

On this Memorial Day Weekend, I know you will join me in reflecting on why such a time is possible, and give thanks to the brave men and women who gave everything to protect our freedoms and safeguard this nation. These American brothers and sisters of ours gave the ultimate sacrifice — and they will not be forgotten. I would like to wish all of you a great Memorial holiday and hope it’s a time that finds you in good company with family, friends and community. Have a happy and safe holiday to you and yours!

UAW President Gary Jones Shows Support for Mercy Health Workers

Although Mercy Health officials finally set aside dates to resume negotiations with striking hospital workers, UAW President Gary Jones called on the hospital to arrive to the talks ready to bargain in earnest and craft an agreement that is fair to all parties and patients. In response to the UAW’s requests to continue talks, and growing community support for the workers, Mercy announced that is available to meet May 20, 21 and 22. Union officials said they can meet all three days. “Toledo is a union town. It values fairness,’’ Jones told a news conference. “It understands that it’s wrong ... Read more

Flint Lear employees vote to join UAW

Nearly 600 employees of the new Lear manufacturing facility in Flint agreed join the UAW on Thursday. “We are thrilled to bring Lear’s exceptional workers into the UAW family, and are excited about the prospect of new jobs available in Flint,” said Gary Jones, president of the UAW. “The UAW represents over 400,000 members and has welcomed over 10,000 new members since August. We welcome these workers and the opportunity to be a part of Flint’s rebirth. We look forward to getting down to business, bargaining great contracts, and helping our new members make a positive impact on the community.” ... Read more

Labor Voices – Opinion: Opioid crisis a UAW negotiation priority

Do you have a prescription for painkillers? If you don’t, you know someone who does. One in three Americans has a prescription for opioids, and prescriptions have almost quadrupled in the past decade. When you mention collective bargaining, I’m sure that opioid prescriptions and addiction are not what spring to mind. Read more on www.detroitnews.com >>> Related: See How Opioid Addiction Affected one UAW family  >>>