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Congressman Tim Ryan Joins UAW Workers During GM Strike in Ohio

September 16, 2019
Press Release

Warren, OH – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) joined United Auto Workers (UAW) union on strike at General Motors (GM) in Lordstown, Ohio.

“I unequivocally stand in solidarity with UAW workers. They deserve better: fair wages, affordable health care, and a secure job. They’ve dedicated their entire lives to manufacturing award-winning cars and have always stood by GM, transforming it into the company that it is today. It’s time for the car company to do the same,” said Congressman Ryan. “Ten years ago, American taxpayers bailed GM out, but all we’ve gotten in return are factory shutdowns, jobs move overseas, and workers forced to leave their families and communities to find new jobs. It’s not right. It’s long past time for GM to give their workers the pay and benefits that they have earned. Not only should GM invest in American workers, they should also invest in American manufacturing. They can start by reopening the plants they closed down this year, including the one in Lordstown, and put Northeast Ohioans back to work.”

After failing to reach an agreement on a new four-year contract, nearly 50,000 UAW members went on strike last night at GM facilities nationwide – 33 manufacturing plants in nine states and 22 parts distribution warehouses. It’s the largest strike by any union since the last GM strike in 2007. In November of 2018, GM announced it would lay off nearly 14,000 workers and halt production at five North American Plants in 2019, including Lordstown, Ohio in Ohio’s 13th Congressional District. The shutdown of the Lordstown plant laid off over 1,400 employees.