Tag: General Motors

Video: Big Three Online Training – Member Engagement and Organizing a Practice Picket/Rally

The UAW held a Big Three online training session via Zoom on Thursday, August 31. Panelists discussed various topics regarding practice pickets and contract rallies they’ve held at their locals, and shared how they engage with local members to encourage them to get involved in the contract campaign. Panelists for the event included: Luigi Gjokaj (Vice President at Local 51), Kristian Graham (Recording Secretary at Local 228), and Jessica Merz (Financial Secretary at Local 160). UAW organizers Tom Ziegler and Krista Szafranski facilitated the discussion.

Breaking Down GM’s Insulting Offer

On September 7, General Motors finally submitted their first counterproposal to the economic demands that we put on the table more than a month ago. As UAW President Shawn Fain said, it is “an insulting proposal that doesn’t come close to an equitable agreement for America’s autoworkers.” Click here for a comparison of our Members’ Demands to their unacceptable offer.

Big Three Online Training This Thursday – Member Engagement and Organizing a Practice Picket/Rally

  Join fellow UAW members from across the country this Thursday (8/31) for a Big Three online training session to organize practice pickets and rallies at your Local! You can register for the Zoom event here.  Start: Thursday, August 31, 2023 at 4:00 PM CT End: Thursday, August 31, 2023 at 5:00 PM CT A link to attend this virtual event will be emailed upon RSVP.   The Big Three have made massive profits for more than a decade. But while CEOs got rich, UAW members got left behind. Our message to the Big Three is simple: record profits mean record contracts. ... Read more


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – UAW President Shawn Fain announced today that the union’s strike authorization vote passed with near universal approval from the 150,000 union workers at Ford, General Motors and Stellantis. Final votes are still being tabulated, but the current combined average across the Big Three was 97% in favor of strike authorization. The vote does not guarantee a strike will be called, only that the union has the right to call a strike if the Big Three refuse to reach a fair deal. “Our union’s membership is clearly fed up with living paycheck-to-paycheck while the corporate elite and billionaire ... Read more

UAW Battery Workers at Ultium in Lordstown Win Breakthrough Agreement on Wage Increase

LORDSTOWN, Oh. – The UAW announced today that union workers at Ultium Cells, a joint venture between General Motors and LG Energy Solution, have won a breakthrough agreement to immediately raise wages by $3 to $4 an hour, as well as thousands of dollars of back pay for hundreds of workers. Ultium workers will vote on whether to ratify the interim deal in the coming days. The interim deal follows months of negotiations and a public UAW campaign to win justice for electric vehicle workers at Ultium and across the country. “After months of public pressure and worker organizing, Ultium ... Read more

As Grassroots Actions Intensify in Support of Strong Big 3 Contract, UAW President Fain Calls on Members to Organize Practice Pickets and Other Actions

The campaign for a strong contract at the Big Three is taking off. UAW members and allies have started spontaneously organizing grassroots actions around the country and UAW President Shawn Fain is strongly encouraging them. Today, while in Louisville, Kentucky, to join two practice pickets, he sent an email to tens of thousands of union activists encouraging them to keep intensifying their grassroots organizing. Here is the text of the letter, along with materials he circulated to use in their actions:   UAW family, I’m writing to you from Louisville, Kentucky, where I’m joining UAW Local 862 members at two ... Read more

UAW Ramping Up Actions as President Shawn Fain Joins Practice Pickets in Detroit on Wednesday Aug. 23, Then Louisville, Ky., on Thursday, Aug. 24 and Friday, Aug. 25

UAW President Shawn Fain will be joining practice pickets this week in Detroit, Mich., and Louisville, Ky. Practice pickets are not work stoppages; no entrances will be obstructed, and workers will report to their shifts as usual. (Dates, times and locations of all three practice pickets are below.) Fain’s visits to the practice picket lines come as 150,000 UAW members at the Big Three are holding strike authorization votes. Voting is scheduled to end by Aug. 24 and results are expected to be announced on Aug. 25. Bargaining at Ford, General Motors and Stellantis began in mid-July and the union’s ... Read more

UAW Holding Major Rally Sunday in Metro Detroit for a Big Three Contract that Lifts Standards for Autoworkers and Every Worker

We’re holding a major rally on Sunday, Aug. 20 at 3 p.m. EST at UAW Region 1 for a strong Big Three contract. And you don’t have to live in Metro Detroit to attend. We’ll be livestreaming the rally on Facebook and YouTube. WHAT: Solidarity Sunday – Rally for a Strong Big 3 Contract with UAW President Shawn Fain, Region 1 Director LaShawn English, U.S. Rep. Haley Stevens and More  WHEN: Sun., Aug. 20, 3 p.m. – Doors Open at 2:30 p.m. WHERE: Region 1 Pavilion, 27800 George Merrelli Dr., Warren, MI Sunday’s rally will take place just 25 days before our contract with the Big Three expires on ... Read more


President Joe Biden issued a statement Monday on the contract talks between the United Auto Workers and the Big Three automakers. The current UAW contract expires in one month on Sept. 14 at 11:59 p.m. (The full statement from President Joe Biden is below the following remarks from UAW President Shawn Fain.)   UAW President Shawn Fain issued these remarks about Biden’s statement: “At this critical moment in negotiations, we appreciate President Biden’s support for strong contracts that ensure good paying union jobs now and pave the way for a just transition to an EV future. We agree with the ... Read more


UAW members are fired up and ready to win a historic contract. We’ve been going to contract action trainings at Local halls and Regional offices all across our union.