President Ray Curry By Ray Curry At the beginning of this month we observed Labor Day — a day to recognize the American labor movement and the contributions of laborers to the development and growth of our country. It’s a great way to say “thank you.” We celebrate the work that millions of United Auto Workers and Americans contribute to our lives each and every day, in places like factories, offices, hospitals, stores, government services and educational institutions throughout our great nation. Now is the time to take that celebration of our organized and working Americans and honor them by supporting ... Read more
DETROIT – The UAW reported today solid financials and steady membership numbers in the face of the 2020 pandemic. Average membership was virtually unchanged despite the pandemic. And net income actually increased in 2020 as did the UAW strike fund. “In a very challenging year, we were able to be creative in saving on costs including travel and meetings by utilizing technology and took advantage of solid investments that performed exceedingly well,” said UAW Secretary-Treasurer Ray Curry. “The bottom line is that the UAW ended the year balanced with modest growth and the strike fund continued to grow at a ... Read more
Union support to allow DPTV to expand its education and social justice programming and engagement during this crucial time in the life of Metro Detroit The UAW has announced that it will partner with Detroit Public TV (DPTV) to advance DPTV’s programming on issues of vital importance to Southeast Michigan, with a special emphasis on education and racial justice. The funding will allow DPTV to expand and enhance its award-winning content and community outreach in key subject areas at a crucial time in this community, which is confronted with overlapping health, social and economic crises. “DPTV is an important community ... Read more
This global pandemic is a worldwide tragedy on so many levels for so many people, and the full impact is still an unknown. But what is not unknown is one undeniable, shameful story of inequality, of lost opportunity, of wasted minds and hearts, and of unnecessary pain and suffering. We need only to look at the statistics: COVID-19, while devastating families across the nation with illness and deaths, is hitting communities of color especially hard. The reasons for this have been in front of us for years. Coronavirus has emphasized a lack of equal access to work, health care and a safe ... Read more
“Throughout this worldwide crisis, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has been a leading voice to make sure that scientific data and the health and safety of all Michiganders was the priority in managing pandemic decisions. Governor Whitmer has at all times been inclusive and focused on building consensus to do what is right for the health and safety of UAW members and all of Michigan’s working men and women. The UAW will continue to have dialogue and aggressively pursue all avenues over the health and safety of our members, their families and their communities as we cautiously go into our next ... Read more
Tune in 2 p.m. (EDT) Friday, April 10, for a free webinar that offers expert information for those still working outside the home during the coronavirus pandemic. The event, Workplace Safety in a Pandemic: Slowing the Spread of Coronavirus and Communicable Diseases, is sponsored by Cornell University ILR Worker Institute. Register now at https://bit.ly/2JR2MFb.
Detroit — The UAW International Executive Board on Tuesday voted to implement a travel ban for all international and domestic travel as a precaution in regard to the Coronavirus epidemic. “This is a precautionary action not meant to elicit concern, but to help in dealing with the spread of this epidemic,” said Rory L. Gamble, President of the UAW. “Road travel will be permitted, and we will provide all personnel education on best practices when on the road or in the workplace.” The UAW’s International Executive Board will review and monitor the policy as the epidemic subsides. “In the meantime, the ... Read more