Tag: GM

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 >>>

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

TAKE ACTION: Write a letter to GM telling them what you think of the plant closings

Start the new year by writing to our "friends" at GM about their recent decision to close plants in Michigan, Ohio and Baltimore. We've already delivered more than 4,000 letters to General Motors. Submit your message using the form and we'll print and personally hand deliver your message to GM headquarters! Write Letter

FREEP: Gov. Whitmer vows to fight GM to save UAW jobs at Detroit-Hamtramck

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer met with about 50 UAW members Friday at union headquarters in Detroit, telling them she will fight to keep their jobs as General Motors looks to idle five factories. Of the five, Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly and Warren Transmission are in Michigan. Union workers in Lordstown, Ohio, and Oshawa, Ontario, also have been fighting back against GM’s decision. Read more at www.freep.com >>>

UAW Members to Hold “Charity Preview Night” Vigil at NAIAS

DETROIT – UAW members and leadership, as well as family and friends, will meet on Friday in unified support of the thousands of individuals who will be adversely affected by General Motors’ decision to stop production at four Michigan, Maryland and Ohio plants. The group will hold a candlelight vigil just prior to the North American International Auto Show Charity Preview. The GM decision, which will idle thousands of workers, also is laying a blow to thousands of supplier jobs and supporting businesses. The solidarity event, taking place on January 18, 2019, will include remarks from UAW leadership, local and ... Read more

Statement regarding GM’s announcement of the Cadillac EV platform

“General Motors builds some of the finest cars, trucks, crossovers, SUV’s and vans right here in the USA. We are hopeful that these new products will be built here to show a commitment to all of America. We invested in GM. Now it is time for GM to invest its future in us.”

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 >>>

AFL-CIO State of the Union’s Podcast: What’s Wrong With GM?

In a special episode, Julie and Tim of the AFL-CIO discuss plant closures at General Motors with longtime autoworker Brad Markell.

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 Vice President Terry Dittes Director of the UAW-GM Department on Investment in Lansing Grand River

“General Motors investment in Lansing Grand River is welcome news for UAW members and U.S. consumers where GM makes the majority of their company profits. We hope General Motors continues the policy of “we build, where we sell” as American taxpayers counted on that commitment during GM’s darkest days when they were on the brink of bankruptcy.”