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EARTHQUAKES, HURRICANES AND A PANDEMIC HAVE HIT THE ISLAND HARD It’s been a difficult stretch for Puerto Rico in the last couple of years. People there have been hit with hurricanes, earthquakes and now a pandemic. But whatever challenge is thrown at our 5,000 members who work at a variety of public and private entities, they know their UAW family is ready to pitch in.
CAMBRIDGE, MA -- Student workers at Harvard University made history today, voting in favor of ratifying their first union contract. The one-year contract agreement with the university will improve pay and benefits for over 4,000 student workers, and guarantee health and safety protections in the midst of a pandemic. The contract strengthens protections for student workers against discrimination and harassment, including racial discrimination and sexual harassment, and includes new provisions aimed at increasing job security for international student workers.
U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider and UAW President Rory Gamble jointly announce that they had a productive and helpful first meeting to begin negotiations to further the cause of reform in the United Auto Workers union. U.S. Attorney Schneider welcomed the opportunity to sit down with the UAW’s President in order to work together toward improving the union for all its members. President Gamble appreciated the chance to meet with the Department of Justice so as to further his efforts at reforming the organization and to ensure integrity in the union’s leadership.
For Gerald Kariem, Juneteenth feels even more special in Detroit. So many successful Black Americans today are descendants of the millions of men and women who left the south for work in the north starting back in 1916 to build Ford cars.
Today, we take time to honor the memory of our lost brother, George Floyd. We will sit still, we will put down our tools and silence our phones for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. A full eight minutes and 46 seconds -- the agonizing amount of time that Mr. Floyd lay on the pavement begging for his life.

This Break Time, Bev talks with 3 workers from Bronx Defenders, who will be some of our newest UAW members in Local 2325, the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys.

En este Break Time, Bev habla con 3 trabajadores de Bronx Defenders, quienes serán algunos de nuestros miembros más nuevos de la UAW en el Local 2325, la Asociación de Abogados de Asistencia Legal.

Dear Sisters and Brothers, As trade unionists and as Americans, we were outraged and heartsick at the horror of George Floyd’s death on May 25. It was yet another tragedy in a long and sorrowful history of the divisiveness of racism in this nation. Since that day in communities from coast to coast, we have seen Americans from all walks of life, black, brown and white, stand together to demand change. To demand – finally – that we address the systemic racial divide that has plagued our nation since its inception.

Director Brakeman interviews Local 7902 members Donna Freeman-Tweed and Lupe Larez from the New School University who are still fighting for their first contract. The University has fuloughed many of these Physicians Assistants who are mental health providers, impacting student health services at the school.

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.