Tag: UAW President

Flamingo/Margaritaville dealers overwhelmingly ratify groundbreaking first contract

UAW President, Dennis Williams LAS VEGAS ̶ UAW-represented table games dealers at The Flamingo/Margaritaville Casino on Friday overwhelmingly ratified their first-ever contract, a groundbreaking agreement that raises the bar for all gaming workers in Las Vegas. More than 400 dealers, members of UAW Local 3555, ratified the agreement by 91 percent. Through the collective bargaining process, they were able to win significant guaranteed year-over-year wage increases, a new grievance procedure to protect against unjustified discipline, and language that finally draws a line in the sand against the growing practice of diverting their tips to compensate managers. “This agreement is solid ... Read more

UAW Statements on Ford Investment in Mexico

“The announcement by Ford to invest 2.5 billion in Mexico is disappointing but not any more disappointing than GM’s decision to invest $5 billion in Mexico or similar investments like FCA Chrysler, Nissan, Mazda, Honda, and now both Toyota and Kia which have announced investments in Mexico. The fact is that these companies are taking advantage of slave-like wages and corruption permissible through bad trade agreements. All Americans should be angered that these products are sold in the United States, where American manufacturing workers could have had good paying jobs that respect basic human dignity. It is another example of ... Read more

UAW President’s Statement on MLK Day

UAW President, Dennis Williams Decades after his death, The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. couldn’t have possibly known that we would remember his famous dream and his fight for civil and human rights. The humble Baptist preacher, activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate believed everyone had a right to share the American Dream, whether it meant earning a decent living, being able to buy a home in any neighborhood or send a child to college – any college. Race, creed and color, rightly, were not part of the formula. Those beliefs have always resonated with our union. From bargaining ... Read more

UAW President’s statement on Ally Financial TARP final sale

On Friday, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew announced the final sale of Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP) stock involved in the rejuvenation of the U.S. auto industry. In all, the unprecedented work of the UAW, the auto companies and the U.S. government yielded $15.35 billion in profit. It also saved 1.5 million jobs and preserved $105.3 billion in personal and social insurance tax collections, according to a 2013 study by the Center for Automotive Research. UAW President, Dennis Williams The following statement by UAW President Dennis Williams can be used in whole or in part: “Together, the members of the ... Read more

UAW President Williams’ statement on Veterans Day

We honor our veterans today. Across the country UAW members acknowledge this day, and that our union’s service to veterans is a year-round obligation. From a variety of organized activities ranging from collecting and donating items for those who live in Veterans Homes to simply taking time on any day of the year to remember and acknowledge the hard sacrifices they’ve made, UAW members are there for veterans. We always have been and always will be committed to our veterans, and we’re rightfully proud of that. Today, as we remember veterans with events throughout the country, it’s also a good ... Read more

President Williams: Thank you, UAW members, for your election work

Thank You! I want to thank all the members of the UAW who took the time to go vote last week. Our union has faced many challenges over the past several years and we will face many more in the future and voting is the surest way to change the environment in our states and nation. The stark fact that so many others stayed home and did not vote is a reflection that too many Americans are being left out of an economy that promotes the success of a few, while leaving the rest of us behind. While the Republicans ... Read more

UAW statement on Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order

DETROIT — UAW President Dennis Williams issued the following statement today regarding President Obama’s executive order on fair pay and safe workplaces:  “I commend President Obama for signing an executive order that will hold companies that receive significant taxpayer dollars more accountable for their actions. Thanks to President Obama’s bold move, companies that repeatedly violate worker rights and workplace safety standards will no longer receive taxpayer funds or contracts with the federal government. Right now in America, it is far too easy for unscrupulous employers to hide critical information that protects workers. Gone unchecked, some employers continue violating their employees’ ... Read more