Latest News From Region 9A

One-year agreement includes victories on discrimination protections, healthcare, and childcare
Kyle Bragg, President of SEIU 32BJ, joins Bev on today's Break Time. He shares his thoughts about the 25,000 members who lost their job during the pandemic, and on the murder of George Floyd and racism in this country. Kyle Bragg, presidente de SEIU 32BJ, se une a Bev en el Break Time de hoy. Comparte sus pensamientos sobre los 25,000 miembros que perdieron su trabajo durante la pandemia, y sobre el asesinato de George Floyd y el racismo en este país.
For today's "Break Time", Bev talks with UAW Local 2377 Financial Secretary Angie Murphy and UAW Local 422 Recording Secretary Kavin Wyatt on the murder of George Floyd and sharing their experiences and thoughts. Para el Break Time de hoy, Bev habla con Angie Murphy, secretaria financiera del UAW Local 2377, y Kavin Wyatt, secretario de grabación del UAW Local 422, sobre el asesinato de George Floyd y comparte sus experiencias y pensamientos.

“We could not be prouder of the UAW members that have volunteered to make such a difference at this critical time in our history. These UAW Ford Members have sacrificed beyond themselves for all of us.”

UAW Local 245 member Robert Nader gets antsy sitting still. Instead of going stir-crazy, he signed up for a job that would keep him busy and hopefully save lives. He is making face shields to help fight the spread of the devastating COVID-19 virus. “It’s not just me. It’s a lot of different people in here coming together to help,” said Nader. “The medical community really needs these masks and other personal protection equipment right now.”
My Brothers and Sisters, Today brought more news of members and hard-working men and women stepping up to help our first line responders and their families and communities during these difficult days. We have members who have courageously volunteered their time, going through rigorous safety training at the GM Kokomo, Indiana, facility as they begin their work to make ventilators that will save lives. One of the first UAW workers to volunteer there said that she thought of her elderly mom as someone who might need this life-saving equipment.
UAW Local 95 member Sandy Welch is a five-year cancer survivor. She has high blood pressure, too. That means her immune system is not 100%. But, while others in Wisconsin are told to stay home, she heads to work every day as a medical transcriptionist at a medical clinic in Janesville. “I have a compromised immune system and sometimes I think about that, but I don’t let that take over my thoughts,” she said.

Bev shares about Local 1508, Honeywell, whose members were locked out for 10 months, and how they are protecting themselves during coronavirus

Sisters and Brothers, A short message today to recognize the courageous men and women stepping up to help all of us during these difficult days. As you all know, we have many members on the front lines of this crisis, who report to work every day and put their lives at risk to keep our communities safe and functioning. And we have members who are stepping up and volunteering to help save lives in so many ways.

“As our Nation struggles with the Covid-19 pandemic, volunteer UAW-GM members are doing a tremendous service for our country by volunteering to come to work to make ventilators in Kokomo.

Today, Region 9A Director Bev Brakeman talks about the workers at UAW Local 7770, Tiverton Casino in Rhode Island