Tag: Ray Curry

BlackPress USA – OP-ED: 8 minutes and 46 seconds

May we never witness this again By Ray Curry, Secretary-Treasurer, UAW Over the past weeks across the nation, united demonstrations have made the message clear: People have had enough of the ongoing struggle for equality and equity, of the battle against systemic injustice, and the fear of being a person of color in America. The catalyst for the latest demonstrations was the senseless and tragic death of George Floyd on May 25 at the hands of four police officers in Minneapolis, Minn. Floyd’s death, those horrific eight minutes and 46 seconds as this American was begging for his life on ... Read more

The stuff of Dreams — MLK goes right on marching

The citizens of this country are in the midst of a battle that we have been fighting for a very long time. A battle of racial inequality, systemic abuse, and injustice. It is time to win this battle once and for all. Across the nation over the past weeks, protesters are saying they have had enough. They are weary of the ongoing struggle for equality and equity, of the battle against systemic injustice, and the fear of being a person of color in America. The horrific, needless death of George Floyd on May 25 at the hands of four police ... Read more

Joint Statement: Rory L. Gamble, UAW President; Ray Curry, UAW Secretary-Treasurer and Director of the Heavy Truck Department; Mitchell Smith, UAW Region 8 Director

CITY OF TULSA: DON’T RISK JOBS, HONOR YOUR AGREEMENT “The hardworking men and women of IC Bus (Navistar) in Tulsa, Oklahoma, their families and their community deserve better than the risky behavior that what we’re currently seeing. After committing to a 40-year lease, the City of Tulsa is seeking to back out of its promise after only 20 years. More than 1,600 jobs will be lost if this plant closes, a devastating blow to the community and the families of these workers. This agreement between the City and Navistar has not only delivered on the original intent, which was to ... Read more

Secretary-Treasurer Ray Curry: By the Content of their Character

America’s Black History, which we celebrate this month, offers abundant examples across the centuries of how one person can make a difference, how one person can move an entire people forward. I am lucky enough to have witnessed the results of two such difference makers firsthand, both in my job and in my life. Two men who found each other in their individual fight for human rights, and in doing so, helped shape the future of our nation. So, this February, I would like to pay tribute to that relationship, to two heavyweight champions who fought together for America’s soul, ... Read more

Unions Put America First and Goal

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time for Super Bowl LIV. The big game matches the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers and marks the first time these two have met in a Super Bowl. So how will the big game turn out? I’ve got the answer already. Because of the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) and the collective bargaining they have put into place, the men and women who represent both teams in jobs on the field and off, win. As does America. Before the guys clash helmets on the field, I want to talk a little bit about how critical union representation is ... Read more

Secretary-Treasurer Ray Curry: Looking to 2020 — Put Your Vote to WORK!

If you work for a living but are somewhat up in the air about who to vote for in 2020 or for that matter, if you should even bother getting to that crowded polling place, I’d like to ask that you indulge me for a minute. Because I’ve got a story to tell you that might help with your decision. A story of working people and politicians who are working against all of us — everyday. I’d like to go back to 1980, the year that Ronald Reagan was campaigning to the 40th president of the United States. Much of ... Read more

Rory Gamble Named First African American President Of The Historic UAW

“In the great arc of history in my lifetime, there have been and continue to be many firsts. But nothing is more fitting than the history between the UAW and civil rights in our country coming full circle with Rory Gamble in Reuther’s chair and Ray Curry as the UAW’s Secretary-Treasurer. When you view the historic lens of my lifetime, the UAW has always been present in the fight for equality, for racial and social justice, and in the darkest hours of our movement.” – Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr. Read the full article at PRNEWSWIRE.com >>>

BLACKPRESSUSA OP-ED: What I’m thankful for this season

I know. Collective Bargaining doesn’t sound festive. But believe me, Collective Bargaining is responsible for a whole lot of the festivities that we enjoy this holiday. Trade unions and the collective voice that they speak to management with, have brought about so much of what we now take for granted. The 40-hour work week, for example, was almost 70 hours until unions rolled their sleeves up and said life also calls for family and R and R time. Read more on blackpressusa.com >>>

UAW General Dynamics Workers Ratify Contract

UAW members at General Dynamics Land Systems Corporation ratified a new four-year agreement on Saturday, November 16, 2019, with 58% voting in favor of the contract. “Our membership’s approval of this agreement solidifies the quality work and pride they have in designing and building vehicles and equipment that provide daily safety for our nation’s military,” said  UAW Secretary-Treasurer Ray Curry, director of the UAW General Dynamics Department. Key gains from the contract include protecting job security, wages, and benefits. General Dynamics is the fifth-largest defense contractor in the United States and has UAW members at manufacturing plants in Lima, OH; ... Read more