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The day COVID-19 shutdown the Warren (Michigan) Technical Center is the day Travis Fick jumped wholeheartedly into the fight against the virus. “It was a Friday. I believe March 20. I had been paying attention, so I knew there was a shortage of personal protection equipment, so I started a Facebook group to see what we could do,” says the Local 160 member. Immediately, he posted information about the need to get protection gear to medical professionals. He called businesses like dentist offices that had closed because they were not essential, but might have N95 masks, gloves, medical gowns and caps, or anything that could be used on the front lines.

Tune in 2 p.m. (EDT) Friday, April 10, for a free webinar that offers expert information for those still working outside the home during the coronavirus pandemic.

My Brothers and Sisters, I’d like to talk a little today about the loss of my good friend and former UAW Secretary-Treasurer Ruben Burks. Ruben passed on Monday, another casualty in this terrible pandemic. He was truly a gentleman and a tireless fighter for working men and women, for our members and for what is right and just. He served this union tirelessly for decades, starting at the GM Fisher Body Plant 2 in Flint, Michigan. He quickly rose through the UAW ranks, serving as committee person, executive board member and director of Region 1C. I will be forever grateful for his leadership and his friendship. And in thinking about my dear union brother and his contributions, I take strength in the fact that Ruben was one of so many dedicated individuals who have served this union.
Flint Truck and AC Spark Plug Veteran to Lead UAW in 73 MI Counties - FLINT - Michigan Delegates from UAW locals in 73 counties met in Flint today to select a successor to long-time Regional Director Gerald Kariem, who became a UAW Vice President in January.

“Through collective bargaining UAW members were able to bargain profit-sharing to adequately reflect their role in FCA US’ profitability. UAW FCA members make some of the best-selling quality products in America. Today’s eligible profit sharing amount of $7,280 per member, reflects that hard work, dedication and product success.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the keynote speaker on the final day of the 2020 UAW Community Action Program (CAP) Conference, quoted Walter Reuther as saying, “We can make America the image of what it really stands for.”
The last day of the UAW Community Action Program Conference kicked off with a 7 a.m. Women’s Breakfast that drew about 500 UAW members to hear from Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada and UAW Region 9A Director Beverley Brakeman.

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.

On Tuesday, more than 1,000 UAW members from around the country, including Puerto Rico, spent the day on Capitol Hill meeting with their members of Congress. The members are attending a four-day UAW Community Action Program conference which focuses on the 2020 elections, international trade, job creation and other issues of importance to working families.

The work for CAP activists on their visit to House lawmakers on Tuesday will be to lobby them on key UAW priorities, including:

Fighting for good jobs: Since 1978, college tuition has increased by 1,120%, medical costs are up 601%, food has increased by 244%, and shelter is up by 360%. Over the same period, wages for typical workers rose just 10%, wages for minimum wage workers dropped by 5.5%, and the pay of the average CEO skyrocketed by 937%.

The UAW’s 2020 Community Action Program (CAP) Conference opened its second day with a moving video tribute to Black History Month, and the powerful relationship between the civil rights and labor movements.