Roundtable discussion with UAW President Dennis Williams
Today, UAW President Dennis Williams gave a wide-ranging interview – his first since wrapping up bargaining with the Detroit 3 in late 2015.
Check out the video below to hear President Williams speak about issues like trade, organizing, labor rights, the state of the UAW, the Flint water crisis and the upcoming presidential election.
UAW Statement on GM Profit Sharing
Statement from UAW Vice President and Director of the UAW’s GM Department, Cindy Estrada:
“UAW members will go home to their families today knowing that their hard work and innovative team work have paid off. Through collective bargaining those UAW members eligible will receive up to $11,000 in GM profit sharing. Together, UAW members are sharing in the quality products and record sales of GM cars and trucks.”
UAW Statement on Ford Profit Sharing
“As a result of the 2015 UAW-Ford collectively bargained profit sharing formula and Ford Motor Company’s North America record full-year pre-tax profit for 2015 of $10.8B, a profit sharing payment averaging $9,300 will be made to the hardworking UAW-represented Ford employees. Individual profit sharing payments may be higher or lower based on employee compensated hours.”
-Jimmy Settles, Vice President UAW-Ford
UAW Statement on Ford Profit Sharing
As a result of the 2015 UAW-Ford collectively bargained profit sharing formula and Ford Motor Company’s North America record full-year pre-tax profit for 2015 of $10.8B, a profit sharing payment averaging $9,300 will be made to the hardworking UAW-represented Ford employees. Individual profit sharing payments may be higher or lower based on employee compensated hours.
UAW statement on Eligible UAW-FCA profit sharing
“Eligible UAW-FCA US members have earned through their quality products and hard work up to $4,000 in profit sharing payments. The financial strength of FCA relies on their UAW workforce as evidenced in their financial report earlier today. Our members are proud to share in the profits of their hard work and dedication to Chrysler, Jeep, Ram and Dodge customers and the strength of the collective bargaining process.”
-Norwood Jewell, Vice President UAW-FCA US
UAW International Executive Board Statement Regarding the Flint Water Crisis
“We are proud of the hundreds of UAW members throughout the country who have come forward in recent days to volunteer to distribute water and filters to the families of Flint many of whom are UAW members and retirees. Our members and communities have come together to act in the best interest of the Flint community and Flint’s children.
“It is also morally imperative that the public have faith in their government at this time and that starts with full and total transparency on an issue that was brought on by poor decisions by government officials who put cost savings ahead of the health of Flint residents which could plague the children of Flint for a generation. On behalf of our Flint members, retirees and their families the UAW demands that Governor Snyder release all documents related to the Flint water contamination issue to the public regardless of any public records exemptions. No law that deprives the public clarity on this issue is moral or just for the citizens of Flint who are in peril and whose children are now at risk.”
“International trade plays a vital role in our economy, accounting for roughly thirty percent of the GDP and directly impacting millions of jobs. Unfortunately, many of our trading partners routinely cut corners and break rules to get an unfair advantage both stateside and abroad... Read more >>>
UAW VP Cindy Estrada’s statement on GM announcement that they will import Envision from China for U.S. market
The following can be attributed to UAW Vice President and Director of the General Motors Department, Cindy Estrada:
“Today’s announcement by General Motors that they are importing the Envision from China is a slap in the face to U.S. Taxpayers and the men and women who worked so hard to save GM during its darkest time.Read more >>>
United Auto Workers Leadership Statement of Opposition to the TPP – Statement from UAW President Williams
Today the International Executive Board of the UAW unanimously voted to oppose the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).
Over the past several years we met with the Administration, trade negotiators, members of Congress, and an array of stakeholders on the TPP. From the outset we constructively worked in pursuit of an ambitious agreement that creates prosperity both here and abroad for working families.Read more >>>
UAW RELEASES STATEMENTS ON NLRB DECISION
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The UAW today released the following statements reacting to the decision by the National Labor Relations board to order a representation election for skilled trades employees at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga facility despite the company’s efforts to block the election.
Gary Casteel, UAW secretary-treasurer and director of the union’s Transnational Department: “It’s unfortunate that, in the middle of Volkswagen’s widening emissions scandal, we had to spend weeks debating workers’ rights that clearly are protected under federal law. Volkswagen’s attempt to sidestep U.S. law was a waste of employees’ time and energy, and a waste of government resources. Looking ahead, our hope is that the company now will recommit to the values that made Volkswagen a great brand — environmental sustainability and true co-determination between management and employees. We have no doubt that Volkswagen can make a comeback in the U.S. and around the world, but the company needs to refocus on its core principles.”
Mike Cantrell, president, UAW Local 42: “We’re pleased that the NLRB upheld our members’ rights. We’re asking the company to respect the decision and not attempt to further interfere with the election for our skilled trades colleagues. As a union, our goal always has been — and still is — moving toward collective bargaining for the the purpose of reaching a multi-year contract between Volkswagen and employees in Chattanooga. There are multiple paths to collective bargaining, and this is a step in the right direction. We hope the company will support the same rights for employees in Chattanooga that are enjoyed by our Volkswagen co-workers around the world.”
DETROIT— With a handshake UAW President Dennis Williams, FCA US CEO Sergio Marchionne and UAW negotiating committee members, officially began 2015 contract negotiations Tuesday afternoon... Read more >>>
Today’s decision by the National Labor Relations Board is a tremendous victory for the UAW and our members, graduate student employees at Columbia University and at New School University... Read more >>>
New union-made vehicle list supports a stronger U.S. economy
DETROIT – The UAW announced today that the 2013 list of union-built vehicles is now available on the union’s website, www.uaw.org.
In a stunning reversal of one of the biggest economic downturns since the Bush years, the auto industry is back...Read more >>>
DETROIT – The UAW was deeply disappointed that the House voted today to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The UAW has had a long and proud history of supporting quality health care coverage for all Americans.