Tag: Gary Jones

UAW President Gary Jones: Autoworkers ready to fight GM over its callous layoffs

Last week was a bad week for autoworkers and the future of our domestic industry. On Nov. 26, General Motors (GM) announced its decision to halt production at the Lordstown, Ohio, and Hamtramck, Mich., assembly plants, idling thousands of workers. Last Friday, President Trump signed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), with promises that it would stop companies from closing U.S. factories and opening new ones in low-wage countries like Mexico… Read more on The Hill >>>

UAW Lodges Formal Objection to GM Announcement

Monday, the UAW lodged a formal objection opposing GM’s plan to close four American auto plants in 2019. The complaint objected to GM’s unilateral decision on the future of those facilities, without the agreement of the UAW, required by the 2015 National Agreement. UAW leadership remains steadfast in its commitment to protecting American jobs, with UAW President Gary Jones saying, “We have been clear that the UAW will leave no stone unturned and use any and all resources available to us regarding the future of these plants.” He added that “There are issues related to this and to collective bargaining ... Read more

Statement From UAW President Gary Jones and UAW Vice President Terry Dittes on Formal Objection to GM Announcement

The following statement relates to the formal objections to GM’s announced future of plants made last week. UAW President Gary Jones: “We have been clear that the UAW will leave no stone unturned and use any and all resources available to us regarding the future of these plants. Today, we wrote to GM formally objecting to its unilateral decision regarding four U.S. manufacturing facilities. There are issues related to this and to collective bargaining that we cannot discuss in detail at this point. But UAW members across this country are committed to using every means available to us on behalf ... Read more

Will the New NAFTA Make a Difference?

GM Example Thumbs Its Nose at New NAFTA Before the Ink Dried The following statement is from UAW President Gary Jones on the signing of the “New” NAFTA called USMCA: “Before the ink hit the paper, General Motors has already signaled that the “New” NAFTA (known as USMCA) is not strong enough, as it stands today, to deter them from moving products and taking advantage of low cost labor. Quite simply, the “New” NAFTA needs more input and more work. We were hopeful that this new agreement would rein in the corporate greed that has bled manufacturing in the United ... Read more

A Message from UAW President Gary Jones

Transcript: Brothers and Sisters, Yesterday, American workers were told by GM that they are now expendable. That their trust, their loyalty and their years of dedication, just aren’t as important as this year’s profits and shareholder gains. That their sacrifices made during the dark days of GM’s bailout by our UAW members and U.S. taxpayers are long forgotten. General Motors made a decision yesterday that should anger our nation’s working men and women. Despite tens of billions of dollars in profit, despite concessions during the recession, despite American taxpayers bailing them out — they turned their backs on us, the ... Read more

GM Production Decision Harms Workers in Michigan, Ohio, Maryland

General Motors decision today to stop production at the Lordstown, Ohio, and Hamtramck, Michigan, assembly plants will idle thousands of workers, and will not go unchallenged by the UAW. This decision will also affect employment at other GM locations including Baltimore, Maryland, and Michigan’s Brownstown and Warren Transmission plants.  The UAW and our members will confront this decision by GM through every legal, contractual and collective bargaining avenue open to our membership. “This callous decision by GM to reduce or cease operations in American plants, while opening or increasing production in Mexico and China plants for sales to American consumers, ... Read more

A Thanksgiving Message From UAW President Gary Jones

My wife, Cindy, and I want to reach out to our union family this holiday season with a Thanksgiving wish for each of you ‒ that all is well with you and yours and that wherever you are, you are surrounded by loved ones and an abundance of good food, good cheer and good memories. I’d also like to recognize the compassion and good works of our UAW members around the country who have donated their time and effort in countless community service projects to help make this holiday a little brighter for those in need. Happy Thanksgiving to you ... Read more

UAW to Welcome 4,740 Academic Researchers in California

The UAW welcomed 4,740 employee Academic Researchers into the union earlier this week when project scientists, researchers, specialists and coordinators of public programs at the University of California voted to join the union. The California Public Relations Board verified that a majority of the Academic Researchers have chosen the UAW as their union. Pending any objections, the Board will certify the results after 15 days. “We welcome our new UAW members. The work our new UAW members do include groundbreaking research that makes the University of California one of the most respected public research universities in the world,” said Gary ... Read more

UAW President: Voters Said Enough Rhetoric, Make Progress on Trade, Jobs, Job Security

VOTERS TO POLITICIANS: “FOLLOW THROUGH” Detroit – UAW President Gary Jones said Wednesday that voters sent a loud and clear message on election day: “Enough rhetoric.”  Voters made it clear they expect real progress on trade, job creation, job protections and wage growth. He also noted the significant victories of women, minorities, the first two female Muslim members of Congress and the first openly LGBT governor in U.S. history. “This vote was a loud statement by Americans that they want action on jobs, healthcare, education, fair trade, income growth and a future for their children. If 2016 was a statement ... Read more

Labor Voices: Your vote is your voice

Government matters. Voting matters. Who you vote for matters. For UAW members, government policies impact the health and safety rules in the workplace; the right to organize; the right to a fair collective bargaining process; and even the impact on our health care and retirement. In a time of very deep political divide and social unrest, knowing our core values, knowing who we are, and knowing what the UAW is about could not be more important than it is today. Legislatively, conservatives, benefiting from gerrymandered statehouse seats, have now passed right-to-work legislation designed to undermine collective bargaining in many states like Michigan ... Read more