UAW International President Gary Jones GM Handshake Ceremony July 16, 2019 Detroit Marriott Ambassador Ballroom 10:00 a.m. Good morning UAW Brothers and Sisters, fellow UAW board members and the members of our great bargaining councils. Good morning members of the GM leadership. Mary, thank you for coming to this important event. I’d like to start by recognizing the hard work of the UAW GM Department, led by my Brother and friend, Vice President Terry Dittes, and the members of the GM national negotiating committee. It is an honor to be here today on behalf of the greatest workforce in the ... Read more
General Motors announced Monday an investment of over $20 million in the Arlington, Texas assembly plant that employees 4,500 members. Arlington Assembly—first opened in 1954—is the sole producer of the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, GMC Yukon and Yukon XL, and the Cadillac Escalade. GM has invested more than $1.4 billion in Arlington Assembly since 2015 to build a new paint shop and for upgrades to the body shop and general assembly area. “Under the outstanding leadership of UAW Region 5 Director Vance Pearson, the dedicated membership at UAW Local 276 continues to build world-class SUVs in Arlington, Texas. The UAW ... Read more
“The over $150 million investment in Flint rewards GM’s production and skilled trades workers for the quality Full-Size Pickups they produce. Under the direction of Director Gerald Kariem of UAW Region 1D, Flint GM workers in the past year have secured 1,000 additional jobs which reflect the hard work of UAW members as they build heavy duty Chevy and GMC pickup trucks.”
While the UAW welcomes the $700 million in Ohio investment outside of Lordstown, Ohio, it is not forgotten that UAW members, their families and citizens in the Mahoning Valley invested in General Motors in its darkest days to allow for the record profits that GM is making in recent years. The people of the Mahoning Valley deserve a solid, secure job investment that no start-up, dependent on federal contracts, can bring to the Valley. UAW members and the community deserve a GM product investment at Lordstown.
In response to General Motors’ announcement today, the UAW’s position is unequivocal: General Motors should assign a product to the Lordstown facility and continue operating it. A federal lawsuit filed by the UAW over the closing of the Lordstown, Baltimore and Warren facilities is still pending, and the UAW will continue its effort to protect the contractual rights of its members at these locations. The parties regularly discuss product placement issues during National Negotiations which will begin in July of this year. We will monitor this situation as it develops to determine what course of action will most benefit UAW-represented ... Read more
“UAW members in Bowling Green fully support the investment by GM at the Bowling Green Assembly. Members from UAW Local 2164 are proud to build the iconic Chevrolet Corvette and will be adding a full shift of production and over 400 new bargaining unit jobs through this investment. We hope to see more of this in the future from GM, which is good for our members, their families, the community, and all of America”.
“The great workforce at Lake Orion understands that today’s announcement will provide over 400 new jobs for a General Motors product of the future built by UAW Local 5960 members for years to come right here in Michigan. Today’s GM commitment of $300 million to build this electric vehicle, with our UAW members, is a good start on GM’s investment toward keeping future manufacturing jobs here in America.”
On the second day of the UAW’s Special Bargaining Convention, Vice President Terry Dittes, director of the UAW General Motors Department, and Vice President Cindy Estrada, director of the UAW FCA Department, introduced members of the national bargaining committees and presented sector reports. The committee members will begin negotiations with the automakers this summer. In her report, Estrada said FCA will open the first new auto plant in Detroit in nearly three decades. “You can build a plant right here in the city of Detroit with union wages and still make a profit,” she said. In her remarks, Estrada emphasized ... Read more
“We in the UAW have taken issue with the decision of the General Motors Company to stop building the top quality and award winning Chevrolet Cruze, built by one of the greatest workforces in the country at UAW Local 1112! As our recently filed lawsuit against GM makes clear, the UAW will leave no stone unturned in keeping the Lordstown plant open.”
“For UAW members in GM Warren Transmission Operations, GM Lordstown Assembly and in the GM GPS Baltimore plant in Maryland the UAW is determined to leave no stone unturned to make sure that their contractual rights are honored. The UAW believes that General Motors is in breach of the 2015 Collective Bargaining terms.” Link to the complaint