Some key Democrats from Michigan, including Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Sen. Gary Peters and U.S. Reps. Debbie Dingell, Dan Kildee and Rashida Tlaib made clear on Monday that they support the United Auto Workers members in their strike against General Motors, which began at midnight Sunday.
In a statement, Dingell said:
"There is no place I would rather be than standing in solidarity with UAW workers in their fight for fair wages, healthcare, pensions and strong benefits. Through thick and thin, UAW workers have devoted themselves to building quality product. Now GM must demonstrate their commitment to the hard-working men and women who have given everything to build for GM’s success.
Others posted comments on social media.
Always proud to stand with UAW members fighting for good jobs and fair wages. I’m hopeful the UAW and GM can negotiate and ratify a contract quickly so Michigan’s autoworkers can get back on the job as soon as possible, as this is so important to our economy. pic.twitter.com/BnVAFIlm9D— Governor Gretchen Whitmer (@GovWhitmer) September 16, 2019
.@GM: We are putting you on notice that we will not back down. Not only did the federal government bail you out, so did @UAW workers (and their families!), and now that you can afford to provide health care and fair wages, you are abandoning them. pic.twitter.com/J0O7fi1wyO— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) September 16, 2019
We must not forget that @UAW workers sacrificed a great deal when the auto industry was going through tough times, and they played a key role in its comeback. I stand with the workers as they fight for better wages and stronger benefits. pic.twitter.com/2YIlOLtlA5— Gary Peters (@GaryPeters) September 16, 2019
Standing in solidarity with auto workers nationwide who are fighting for fair wages and decent benefits. It is my hope that @GM and the @UAW can agree on a contract that prioritizes American manufacturing and allows workers to continue building world-class cars.— Rep. Dan Kildee (@RepDanKildee) September 15, 2019
This fight is deeply personal for me.— Garlin Gilchrist II (@LtGovGilchrist) September 16, 2019
So many of the opportunities that I had growing up came from my mom, who joined the @UAW when she worked at GM.
We must ensure that working people are respected and protected, so that all families have an opportunity to thrive. pic.twitter.com/cCBtgJMuGh