Dem Legislators Join Picket to Support Union Workers

National strike called after negotiations stall, contracts expire
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
House and Senate Democrats join picketing auto workers outside Romulus Engine Plant in Romulus on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019.

LANSING — State Reps. Darrin Camilleri (D-Brownstown), Alex Garza (D-Taylor) and other legislative Democrats joined picketing auto workers at the Romulus Engine Plant last night to show their support for the union workers fighting for fair wages, health care and job security in contract negotiations with General Motors (GM).

“My message to the hardworking men and women picketing in Romulus and throughout the country is that we have your back,” said Camilleri. “Growing up in a union household, I learned the importance of standing in solidarity in the fight for our most basic rights: fair wages, affordable health care and job security — not just for ourselves, but all hardworking Michiganders. I’m proud to stand with our striking auto workers, and I will continue supporting them until these negotiations reach a fair conclusion.”

On Sunday, the United Auto Workers called for a nationwide strike against GM following the expiration of the union contract at midnight on Saturday after talks stalled in the negotiation process.

“These auto workers are simply fighting to be treated fairly and continue supporting their families,” said Garza. “These are rights that every hardworking Michigander deserves. As long as negotiations continue, I’ll proudly stand alongside our striking auto workers.”

In addition to Camilleri and Garza, the auto workers were joined by state Reps. Matt Koleszar (D-Plymouth), Laurie Pohutsky (D-Livonia), Kevin Coleman (D-Westland), and state Sen. Erika Geiss (D-Taylor).

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