Longest Automotive Strike in US History comes to an end
Missouri Jobs with Justice is proud to stand with workers, including GM workers at the Claycomo, KS, and Wentzville, MO, plants as they picketed and stood up for better wages, benefits, health care, and general treatment for themselves, their families, and their co-workers. We will continue to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with these workers and workers across the country – including the striking teachers in Chicago and beyond.
You can now support the striking UAW workers with the Labor Tribune’s $5 for the Fight Fund
Jobs With Justice continues to stand in solidarity with the almost 50,000 members of the United Auto Workers who have been on strike since Monday, September 16th when their contract expired. These workers are taking bold, collective action to fight against corporate greed and demand fair wages, a fair share of profits, a path to permanent employment for temporary workers, affordable health care, and job security.
Jobs With Justice coalitions across the country are supporting workers on the picket lines. From organizing solidarity mobilizations to supporting picket lines in partnership with various community organizations to supporting calls for donations, Jobs With Justice coalitions are standing with the workers fighting corporate greed.
“General Motors and other companies would have us fall for the illusion that there isn’t enough money to support the people who make our cars enough to sustain their families. But we know there’s plenty of money; money from taxpayers who bailed the company out in 2008, money saved from Trump’s tax plan that could be in the hands of working people and not the back office executives, money that is all paying for senior management bonuses, executive retreats, and lobbying efforts that do not align with our values. There’s plenty of money, and it’s ours! GM should be increasing wages and improving healthcare, not cutting them,” said Erica Smiley, executive director, National Jobs With Justice.
Even when GM tried to strong-arm and force workers into an agreement by suddenly terminating their health coverage, the workers stayed, and are staying strong and showing up in full force to the picket lines. A decade after General Motors was bailed out by the federal government, and after making $35 billion in profits over the past three years, GM canceled the existing health care benefits that workers and their families depend on. The wife of one worker actually woke up from surgery to find out her health care had been canceled while the was being operated on.
On September, 26, GM announced it will reverse its decision and restore the health care coverage of UAW members and their families. This reversal is a win for UAW members. But make no mistake, GM’s decision was not about the health and wellbeing of its workers; it was about protecting the company’s bottom line and reputation.
If GM truly cared about its workers, it would come to the bargaining table and agree to an offer that includes middle-class wages, affordable health care, job security, a fair share of the profits and a better future for temporary workers. This win and GM’s about-face is only possible because of the brave UAW members on strike, on the picket line, and communities like Jobs with Justice marching in solidarity.
It’s time GM stops playing games to try and force the UAW into a bad agreement and instead settles this strike on behalf of the hardworking employees who have sacrificed to make GM the success it is today. Negotiations are continuing at the main table. The UAW will not leave the table until there is a strong and fair contract.
How to show your support on social media:
- Share our “I Stand with Striking GM Workers” image on Facebook and Twitter
- Show your support on social media with the hashtags #StandWithUs & #UAWStrike
- Add a frame to your Facebook profile picture supporting the UAW Workers
- Tweet at General Motors and tell them to negotiate a fair contract now
- Tweet to UAW and show your support
Here are some sample tweets:
- Taking care of one another is one of our most fundamental beliefs. To our @UAW neighbors and their families at @GM striking for dignity and respect, we send our support and prayers for your fight #StandWithUs
- I stand for affordable quality #healthcare. I stand for a #LivingWage for workers. I stand up to #CorporateGreed. I stand with the #UAW workers. I demand @GM negotiate a fair contract. #StandWithUs
- .@GM is turning their backs on over 48,000 @UAW workers asking for the basic rights they deserve. We are inspired by their courage and unity, and call on our community to #StandWithUs and offer support
- .@GM has had BILLIONS in revenue in 2019 alone. The company’s stock is up more than 20% since January 1. Now the company is fighting to cut its workers’ wages and #healthcare. Thank you #UAW workers for standing up to corporate greed. #StandWithUs
- Union jobs are the backbone of our country. Now GM must stand up and show up for the workers who sacrificed to save them from financial ruin. We stand in #Solidarity with @UAW. #StandWithUs