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A Statement from UAW President Dennis Williams Regarding the Orlando Attacks

UAW members are heartbroken over the senseless attacks in Orlando. We join our brothers and sisters in the labor movement and Americans everywhere in denouncing the hate that has yet again taken innocent lives and devastated our nation. We offer our prayers to the families of those killed and injured, the city of Orlando and the LGBT community. We continue to stand in solidarity in our commitment to the values that unite us, and not divide us.

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee — Gary Casteel, secretary-treasurer of the UAW and director of the international union’s Transnational Department, today released the following statement in response to Volkswagen’s decision to violate federal law and fight a ruling by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB): Read more >>>

Statement from UAW President Dennis Williams on Ford Mexico Announcement

The following is a statement from UAW President Dennis Williams regarding Ford Motor Company’s announcement today that it will build a new assembly plant in Mexico:

Today’s announcement that Ford is investing in Mexico is a disappointment and very troubling. For every investment in Mexico it means jobs that could have and should have been available right here in the USA. This is another example of what’s wrong with NAFTA and why the TPP would be a disaster for the citizens of the United States. Companies continue to run to low-wage countries and import back into the United States. This is a broken system that needs to be fixed.

The Food Bank of Eastern Michigan has worked tirelessly to provide water to the residents of Flint ever since its water supply was contaminated.

“The food bank has put out 12 million pounds of water in three months”, said Bill Kerr, president of Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.

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A Statement from UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell on FCA Announcement about Sterling Heights Assembly

A Statement from UAW Vice President Norwood Jewell on FCA Announcement about Sterling Heights Assembly:

While today’s announcement of a shift reduction at Sterling Heights Assembly is unfortunate, it is not unexpected. FCA is not the only company experiencing a slow market for small cars. On a bright note, there is a strong demand for larger-sized vehicles. The company has been planning to increase its capacity to build more trucks and SUVs. I believe that in the long term this move will be a positive one for our members and the company.

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 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...

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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.

“Health care is a fundamental human right to which all Americans are entitled,” said UAW President Bob King. “Repeal of the Affordable Care Act would condemn millions of Americans to live – or die – without health care coverage.” Read more >>>

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