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President Trump’s October 6th announcement on addressing the COVD-19 Pandemic

On October 6th, after returning to the White House from Walter Reed Medical Center, President Donald Trump abruptly ended negotiations on a comprehensive response to the ongoing pandemic that has killed over 216,000 and infected over 7.8 million Americans. Nine months into the COVID-19 pandemic, we are nowhere near getting it under control: Cases are rising in 39 states, and nine states in the Midwest have set seven-day records for infections. According to the Department of Labor, 28 million workers are on unemployment benefits or are waiting to see if they get benefits, and over the next two months nearly ... Read more

UAW Statement on the positive tests of the President, First Lady and staff

Detroit — Our thoughts and prayers are with the President, First Lady and White House staff for a quick recovery from COVID-19. UAW members know all too well the danger of this pandemic and we pray for the health and recovery of all who are infected, exposed or caring for family members. Today’s news is a shocking reminder to all UAW members that this pandemic does not discriminate and we are all at risk. Please continue to follow all protocols including wearing masks, washing hands, sanitizing, limiting public exposures and continuing to self-report and quarantine when we experience symptoms or ... Read more

How is Labor Faring?

The 2020 Presidential Election is just weeks away. Never has your vote been more important. Why? Because the progress unions have made over the last decades to build a strong middle class and enable working people to retire in dignity is systematically being whittled away. Let’s take a hard look at how the working men and women of the United States have fared in the last few years. UNION ELECTIONS — Harder than ever Over the past four years, a series of decisions by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has systematically diminished the ability of unions to hold elections. ... Read more

UAW Statement on the Nomination of Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court Justice

“UAW members and our nation need Senate leadership to take pause this close to a presidential election and let whoever is rightfully elected to be president in November nominate the next Supreme Court Justice. The nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, given her past decisions, would most certainly create concerns for working families in a non-election year, let alone amid a national election. Her judicial record and legal writings demonstrate she will likely rollback civil rights, worker’s rights, and accessible health care for all. During her judicial career, she has undermined protections for older workers, made it harder to sue ... Read more

Time for a check-up … How is labor faring under this administration and Congress?

As we head full swing into the 2020 Presidential Election year, let’s take a hard look at how the men and women of the United States labor force have fared under this administration. Social Security in danger of cuts: Federal worker pensions have been targeted to offset deficit-inflating tax cuts for the wealthiest of Americans. Social Security benefit rules are changing to encourage workers to retire later, meaning an aging workforce with increased medical needs. Many employers are increasing retiree costs for health care or phasing out coverage altogether. Medicare isn’t available until age 65 and doesn’t cover all medical ... Read more

Labor Leaders Deliver Unified Trade Message to President Trump


Six labor leaders made the following statement after today’s trade meeting with President Trump:  Labor is united in its view that NAFTA is a disaster for working people and must be fixed. We had a very productive meeting which made clear to the president that a new NAFTA must create fair and balanced trade in North America. Real solutions for any new trade deal must dramatically improve workers’ rights and raise wages and living standards in all three countries. Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO President Chris Shelton, Communications Workers of America President Robert Martinez. Jr., International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers ... Read more

The Senate GOP Health Care Bill is a Threat to UAW Members and Our Families

After the July 4th recess, the Senate is set to vote on a health care bill which strips insurance from 22 million Americans, guts protections for those with preexisting conditions, and brings back lifetime caps on care. Put simply, this bill is a threat to UAW members, UAW retirees, and UAW families. Please take action today — call your Senator at 1-313-528-6780. This bill is terrible for millions of Americans, is opposed by many Democrats and Republicans alike, but it is particularly bad for UAW members in a few ways. The bill: Cuts Medicaid by over $800 billion which could hurt ... Read more

Tell the U.S. Trade Representative NAFTA must prioritize working families

Recently, the Trump administration notified Congress that it plans to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement — better known as NAFTA — with powerful corporations and some in the president’s administration saying it simply needs to be “modernized.” The U.S. Trade Representative’s office is accepting comments from the public until June 12. It’s important that working people speak up for ourselves now, the same as we did with the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Click here to leave a comment for the U.S. Trade Representative about why a trade deal that takes working people into account is important to you. NAFTA — ... Read more

What we saw at the March for Science

Photo by Sarah Joseph On Saturday, Earth Day, tens of thousands of people participated in the March for Science at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and numerous other cities across the U.S.  Among the participants in Washington were hundreds of UAW members who rallied behind the mission of the event and spent the day celebrating science. Photo by Catherine Braine The passionate crowd gathered to generate a conversation about the alarming trend toward discrediting facts and scientific consensus, and restricting scientific discovery. Sarah Joseph, a UAW Local 2110 member from the Department of Genetics at Columbia University, had a ... Read more

Statement from UAW President Dennis Williams on Passage of S.J. Res. 27

The following is a statement from UAW President Dennis Williams regarding today’s passage of S.J. Res. 27 Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to “Clarification of Employer’s Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain an Accurate Record of Each Recordable Injury and Illness.” In a slap to the face of American workers, the Senate vote today to rollback workplace protections that have existed for over forty years. This bill puts workers’ lives and well-being at great risk. It recklessly eliminates common sense, long standing recordkeeping policies that simply required large employers in hazardous industries to keep their health ... Read more