Dingell Stands in Solidarity with UAW Workers on Strike
ROMULUS, MI – As the UAW Strike stretches into the eighth day, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI) visited picket lines at GM plants in Belleville, Ypsilanti, and Romulus.
Photos of Dingell’s visits are available here.
“Standing in solidarity with workers at all GM sites in my district,” said Dingell. “Hardworking men and women are worried about their healthcare, disparate wages between colleagues, job security, and temporary status. They are concerned on their own bills – mortgages, car payments, and childcare – but are standing up and speaking out for fairness to all workers and keeping strong manufacturing jobs in the US.
“Many of the members I saw last night are newer hires and labor negotiations are new to them. These workers are being paid less than colleagues they work with side-by-side. Others are temporaries: many work seven days a week, don’t receive overtime, cannot get sick or take time for a family crisis. They need their healthcare and are literally scared to death about what will happen. More senior service members spoke up for the younger members saying it’s not fair to be in the same plant, working the same job and being paid radically different.
“The midnight shift is hard but these are committed workers who know this strike is about their collective community and workers across America being treated fairly with dignity and respect.”