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Every year, as I think about the Thanksgiving holiday, I always try to concentrate on the things that we as a union, and our sisters and brothers in solidarity everywhere, have to be thankful for. And, as always, there is much to be thankful for. But what to say about 2020?
Local 163 President Ralph Morris Jr. talks about the importance of certifying November's election results and making sure that every vote is counted.
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.

This Break Time, Region 9A Director Bev Brakeman speaks with Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill about voting processes and the upcoming August 11 primary in the state.

(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!