Tag: Organizing

STATEMENT OF UAW PRESIDENT RAY CURRY ON THE FINDINGS OF THE WHITE HOUSE TASK FORCE ON WORKER ORGANIZING AND EMPOWERMENT

Detroit – “President Biden’s White House Task Force on Worker Organizing and Empowerment recognized today a fundamental reality for working families across the United States – that we need to remove roadblocks to the ability to bargain the terms and conditions in their workplaces. Through comprehensive findings the Biden Administration points out that although 68% of all Americans approve of labor unions, there has been a steady erosion of the ability to join a union for decades as anti-worker policies and judicial decisions erode the ability to join a union. We can fix this problem through executive actions and Congressional ... Read more

UAW PRESIDENT RAY CURRY CALLS FOR GM AND MEXICO TO ENSURE THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT OF GM SILAO WORKERS TO HAVE A FREE AND FAIR ELECTION TO JOIN A UNION

Detroit – UAW President Ray Curry called on Mexican labor authorities and General Motors Friday to take all necessary steps to ensure that the upcoming union election at GM’s Silao plant in Mexico is democratic, transparent, and free from intimidation. Over 7,000 workers at the plant will have an opportunity to vote their union representation on February 1 and 2. “The UAW has a long history standing in solidarity with workers seeking independent union representation in the United States and around the world,” said Curry. “This solidarity extends to our brothers and sisters in Mexico and the workers of General ... Read more

Statement of UAW President Ray Curry in Support for Starbucks Workers Efforts to Join Workers United – SEIU and Have a Voice in their Workplace

Detroit – “It is not easy to stand up to your employer and demand a collective bargaining seat at the table for your workplace conditions, pay and benefits. That is why I support and encourage the brave baristas at Starbucks locations who are standing up for their voice in their working conditions. There are over 1 million UAW members and retirees and their families who benefited greatly from having the right to bargain at their workplace and we want the same rights for hard working Americans in all sectors of our economy. The organizing efforts of Starbucks baristas inspire and ... Read more

UC Agrees to Recognize to Student Researchers’ Union after Workers Vote to Authorize a Strike

Workers in the largest new union of 2021 look forward to bargaining a contract that makes UC a more inclusive and equitable place to work. Berkeley, CA – After months of delay, the University of California on Wednesday agreed to recognize Student Researchers United/UAW, the union of over 17,000 Student Researchers (SRs) at UC. The decision comes just two weeks after SRs voted to authorize a strike (of the 10,890 SRs who cast a ballot, 10,622 voted yes), and a month after 49 state legislators and 30 members of Congress urged University President Michael Drake to respect the democratic rights ... Read more

ZF Employees and ZF Marysville Reach Agreement to Recognize the UAW

ZF workers in Marysville, Michigan reached an agreement on Friday to be recognized as being represented by a union.  The workers went on strike for over a week for recognition beginning September 9. A majority of the workers signed up to join the union, but ZF did not accept the voluntary majority of 340 ZF employees who asked to join the UAW. ZF Marysville has been staffed by UAW Stellantis workers under a UAW contract. During the 2019 negotiations, Stellantis agreed to transfer ZF Marysville workers to other Stellantis locations and have ZF staff the plant with ZF employees. That ... Read more

PERB Rules that a Majority of UC’s 17,000 Student Researchers Have Democratically Decided to Form a Union

The largest unionization of Academic Student Employees in U.S. history takes the higher ed labor movement to new heights California’s Public Employment Relations Board has verified that a majority of the 17,000 Graduate Student Researchers, Trainees, and Fellows at the ten University of California campuses and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have chosen to unionize through Student Researchers United/UAW (SRU-UAW). SRU-UAW makes history as the largest union formed in 2021, and the largest-ever unionization drive of academic student employees. SRU-UAW leaders immediately requested that UC administrators respect their democratic decision, recognize their union, and begin negotiations for a contract. “We’re thrilled ... Read more

Statement of UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada, Director of the UAW Organizing Department on NLRB Tesla Decision

DETROIT – In a sweeping decision issued today, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) found Tesla to have violated the law and ordered it to cease interfering with workers seeking to organize a union at its Fremont, California plant. The NLRB found that Tesla illegally terminated a union supporter, disciplined another union supporter for engaging in protected activity, and interrogated others for speaking out about workplace injuries. The company was ordered to stop interfering in employees’ rights to communicate with fellow employees about their campaign to form a union with the UAW and must rescind several illegal policies meant to ... Read more

UAW New School Academic Workers Reach Historic Agreement

New York City– Tuesday evening, a tentative agreement was reached between Student Employees of the New School (SENS) UAW and The New School on behalf of 700 Academic Student Workers. After fifteen months of bargaining, SENS UAW agreed to unanimously recommend this agreement to their membership in the following statement.  (https://www.facebook.com/SENSUAW/) Highlights of the tentative agreement include higher minimum wage levels across all positions with annual increases thereafter, a full waiver of the University Services fee, a commitment to seriously look at childcare needs for all employees, a signing bonus of $300, and – for the first time – significant ... Read more

James Hoffa: We have big battles ahead, but we stand united

President of the Teamsters union and longtime UAW friend James P. Hoffa greeted convention delegates Tuesday with a reminder of the long history the two organizations share and a pledge to continuing standing with the UAW in years to come. “You know this is a special moment because you think back 60 or 70 years ago and the people who were the founders of the labor movement here in Michigan were two guys, one named Walter Reuther and the other Jimmy Hoffa. Together they made history,” Hoffa told delegates. “Today we build on their accomplishments. We can all be proud ... Read more

Workers at Ohio glass plant thwarted following fierce campaign of intimidation and anti-labor tactics

UAW investigating potential objections to Fuyao conduct MORAINE, Ohio —Fuyao Workers fighting for a voice in their workplace were unable to win against a barrage of anti-labor tactics and intimidation by management at the Ohio glass plant. Employees at Fuyao Glass America Inc. lost the election by a vote of 444 in favor to 868 against the union. Voting took place Wednesday and today at the plant, where workers  produce glass for automotive windshields, side windows and sunroofs.  Workers reported irregularities during the election which the UAW is investigating, and it may file objections with the National Labor Relations Board. “It is disheartening ... Read more