Tag: Labor Voices

Labor Voices: Unions protect members, communities

Last week, as all of you know FCA, Ford and GM announced their intention to cease production at plants across North America through the end of March in order to ensure the health and safety of employees during the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis. The UAW fully supports this action. But I do want to take some time to recognize the many heroes among us, many UAW members, who soldier on despite the dangers because of the essential role we all play. UAW nurses, social workers, government workers, public safety officers and our factory workers keep our economy afloat. These are American heroes. Read more at ... Read more

Labor Voices: Social Security is Vital for Everyone

In 2019, more 63 million people in the United States collected Social Security benefits. That equals more than one in every six residents. Older Americans make up about four out of every five beneficiaries, however another one out of every five Social Security beneficiaries receive Disability Insurance (SSDI) or are often young survivors of deceased workers. For most Americans, we work all of our lives for a foundation of retirement to enjoy in their older years; people who can no longer work; or children who need support as they begin their lives. Because of that, Social Security insurance must remain viable, ... Read more

Labor Voices: New NAFTA Is a Start, but Bringing Back Jobs Will Require More

Overhauling the North American Free Trade Act may have been a start, but the work has just begun. We will need to be diligent to make sure Mexico fully implements its labor law reforms and puts an end to company unions and sham contracts. We will be there every step of the way to try to ensure all parties to the agreement live up to their part of the bargain. After all, if working conditions truly improve in Mexico, then wages will rise, and companies will be less eager to abandon our country. Only time will tell if revised NAFTA will ... Read more

Labor Voices: Keep prescription costs affordable

For far too long, America has been in crisis mode when it comes to prescription drug costs. Families and individuals have had to decide between buying groceries or paying the mortgage and purchasing life-saving medicines. The recent passage of the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act (H.R. 3) by the House of Representatives is a positive step forward out of this crisis, and a promising day for many Americans. H.R. 3, introduced by New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., works to establish a fair price negotiation program, protect the Medicare program from excessive price increases, and establish an out-of-pocket maximum ... Read more

Labor Voices: Labor organizers fight to adapt

We learned some lessons from Chattanooga this month – lessons that were years in the making. Lessons about a broken system; lessons about how labor has changed, how management has changed, and how the world has changed. Read more on www.detroitnews.com >>>

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  >>>

Labor Voices – Opinion: Collective bargaining creates equality

Collective bargaining is the process in which a group of workers comes together and negotiates the terms of their contracts with one voice. Making their demands, together. Making a promise that whatever is offered to one will be rejected unless it is offered to all. Read more on www.detroitnews.com >>>

Labor Voices: GM leaves workers’ futures uncertain

The focus of General Motors’ November announcement shutting down plants in Lordstown, Ohio; Hamtramck and Warren, Michigan; and Baltimore, Maryland shouldn’t be about money. It should be about people. UAW Local 22, Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant electrician Paul Meszaros, of Dearborn, says, ‘We’ll work for heat right now,” as he joins others at a candlelight vigil at Hart Plaza, Friday evening, January 18, 2019. UAW and Canadian Unifor workers protest the projected closings of GM plants. UAW GM members are dedicated and committed to making a great product, supporting the success of a company, and supporting a solid, prosperous community. Unfortunately, ... Read more

GM should fight for workers, not profits

Visit Hamtramck these days and you’ll feel a thick sense of resentment in the air. A feeling of unfairness and having been abandoned permeates, and reasonably so: because workers at the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant were given a raw deal. And so was the surrounding community. On the Monday after Thanksgiving, General Motors announced its decision to stop production at the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant, idling thousands of workers and laying a blow to thousands of supplier jobs and supporting businesses. For Hamtramck, the announcement means 1,500 plus jobs lost. But it also means a community that gave up a big chunk ... 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