Tag: Gerald Kariem

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 >>>

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

Statement of UAW Vice President Gerald Kariem Director of the UAW Ford Department on the Announcement of Expansion of COVID-19 Supply Production

Together with Ford, the UAW continues to respond to the COVID-19 crisis by shifting production to face masks for medical use, personal protective equipment and respirators. UAW Ford members continue to step up and volunteer to work during this difficult time as we expand at the facility across from Flat Rock to make respirators and at the Van Dyke Transmission Plant to make face masks for medical use. The UAW also continues to work with Ford to follow stringent CDC guidelines and go above and beyond protections for these members who are so proudly volunteering to serve their communities and ... Read more

Statement of UAW Vice President Gerald Kariem Director of the UAW Ford Department on UAW Ford Members’ 1 Millionth Face Shield

“We could not be prouder of the UAW members that have volunteered to make such a difference at this critical time in our history. These UAW Ford Members have sacrificed beyond themselves for all of us.”

Statement of UAW President Rory L. Gamble on Ford’s Decision to Extend Production Reopening Date

“Today’s decision by Ford is the right decision for our members, their families and our nation. Under Vice President Gerald Kariem, the UAW Ford Department continues to work closely with our local unions and Ford to make sure that when we return to production all members are safe, and our communities are protected from this spreading pandemic.”

Statement of UAW Vice President Gerald Kariem Director of the UAW Ford Department on Efforts to Help Produce Protective Equipment

“UAW Ford members have a history of working together for the good of our Nation. We look forward to collaborating with Ford so that once again UAW members can find ways to improve the health and safety of all Americans during this national emergency.” Learn more about the COVID-19 / Coronavirus disease >>>

Statement From UAW Vice President Gerald Kariem Director of the UAW Ford Department

“UAW Ford members negotiate profit-sharing in their contracts so that they can share in the success of the company and its profits. Today’s announcement is a testament to UAW Ford members’ hard work and the great products that they make.”

UAW International Executive Board Names Gerald Kariem Vice President and Director of the UAW Ford Department

Detroit – UAW Region 1D Director Gerald Kariem was unanimously selected by the UAW International Board to the position of Vice President and Director of the UAW Ford Department. Kariem will serve out the term left vacant when Rory Gamble was elected President last Fall. “Gerald brings a wealth of leadership in contract implementation, and he will be able to pick up on the recently ratified Ford contract,” said UAW President Gamble. “His experience in implementing the merger of Regions 1C and 1D and building teamwork through his leadership will be invaluable as we implement reforms within the UAW.” During ... Read more

UAW Aramark Workers Strike

At midnight over 850 Aramark workers in Michigan and Ohio walked off the job over better wages, health care and retirement. “We have UAW members who work long, hard hours and are still on public assistance,” said Gerald Kariem, Director of UAW Region 1D. “It’s shameful.” Aramark maintenance workers in Hamtramck, Warren, Flint, Grand Blanc and Parma, Ohio have been working on an extended contract since March of 2018. Key issues involve wages, caps on health insurance, vacation time and 401k retirement. “Every day, UAW members go to work and keep these plants profitable,” said UAW Region 1 Director Frank ... Read more

Statement from UAW GM Vice President Terry Dittes on GM Investment in Flint Production

“The over $150 million investment in Flint rewards GM’s production and skilled trades workers for the quality Full-Size Pickups they produce. Under the direction of Director Gerald Kariem of UAW Region 1D, Flint GM workers in the past year have secured 1,000 additional jobs which reflect the hard work of UAW members as they build heavy duty Chevy and GMC pickup trucks.”