Latest News From Region 9A

Many believe that to die on Rosh Hashanah is to be tzaddik, a person of great righteousness.  

What a sad day for our nation and for all those who stand up and speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. Ruth Bader Ginsburg blazed a trail for civil rights and women’s rights and the sanctity of our constitution in her 27 years as a Supreme Court Justice. No words can do real justice to her contributions to the highest court in the land and her contributions to our nation. To this courageous champion of women’s rights and worker’s rights and equality for all.
Open Letter in Regard to GM: I am not a spokesman for anyone other than myself and the words in this opinion piece are mine and they pertain specifically and solely to me. Since retiring on July 1, 2010, I have avoided speaking to the media. I read with disgust and dismay some newspaper articles pertaining to me yesterday. I do not blame the reporters. They were covering a story based on statements taken from General Motors’ Motion to Alter or Amend Judgment against Fiat Chrysler and others, dated August 3, 2020. I do, however, place the blame squarely on GM for their malicious and utterly baseless attack against me and a supposed “unnamed” member of my family.

On July 27th, Senate Republicans announced the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools (HEALS) Act. In stark contrast to the HEROES Act passed on May 15th by the House of Representatives, the HEALS Act strips working families of lifesaving economic and healthcare benefits and does nothing for small businesses, state and local governments. On July 31st, Senate Republicans allowed the supplemental unemployment insurance, a lifeline for working families, small business and communities, to lapse.

“Outside the bubble of Washington, D.C. our families continue to struggle with an economy devastated by this pandemic. This impacts UAW members, their families, their communities and their jobs, all of which depend on a resilient economy. This issue needs to be solved.

In the short term, families need a temporary extension of current benefits, including the $600 a week supplemental unemployment until a final bill is resolved.

(NEW YORK, NY) – Nearly 100 investigators and interpreters employed at The Legal Aid Society officially announced today that they would unionize with the the United Auto Workers (UAW), a labor organization which already represents thousands of legal services workers in New York City.

The local formed by investigators and interpreters was swiftly recognized by Legal Aid, where they will join thousands of other attorneys and non-attorney advocates who are organized respectively with the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys - UAW Local 2325 and 1199SEIU.

With the Senate back in session this week, negotiations are underway on a new stimulus package to help get America through the pandemic and the economic crisis. For months, the labor movement has been demanding passage of the HEROES Act that includes the vast majority of America’s Five Economic Essentials. Today, the AFL-CIO is having a day of action encouraging union members to call their senators and urge them to pass the HEROES Act now.

Columbia Postdoctoral Workers approved their tentative agreement yesterday, with 99% of workers voting yes. Their new contract will increase minimum salaries, provide paid parental leave and provide strong protections against discrimination and harassment. Congratulations to our UAW Region 9A Local 4100 siblings!

UAW Local 4100 Columbia Postdoctoral Workers reached a TA on June 30. Read the highlights of the TA here.