Picketers in the GM strike got a morale boost on Sunday when fellow United Auto Worker members showed up en masse to the picket line at the GM Toledo Transmission Plant in Toledo, Ohio. Local news reports that hundreds of Jeeps and Chevrolet Corvettes rallied to the strikers in an act of solidarity in the UAW’s strike against General Motors.
“Well, they’ve been out there for a week now and it’s gonna start getting tough. As Jeep workers and UAW members, we’re fighting the same fight they are, they just get to lead it so it’s important to let them know we’re all standing together,” said UAW Local 12 Jeep worker Phil Reiter.
The latest GM strike was staged when contract negotiations between the UAW and GM failed to find a resolution following the expiration of the previous labor contract Saturday, September 14th.
Roughly 50,000 UAW members are currently on strike around the country.
In a show of support, fellow UAW members drove past those participating in the GM strike in Ohio in a long convoy, beeping their horns, flashing their lights, shouting words of encouragement, and doling out high-fives.
“Time goes on, and time keeps going, and uncertainty, we’re all having a little emotional, and we all need a little love right now,” said UAW picketer Christina Horvath. “The convoy, the support they’re going to show today demonstrates how we are strong and how we are united and how we come together in solidarity.”
As the GM strike continues into its second week with no obvious sign that a resolution will be found, strikers are settling in for the long haul.
GM was recently granted a restraining order in Tennessee following skirmishes between picketers and drivers at the GM Spring Hill production facility. Several Democratic presidential candidates also visited various protests this weekend to voice support for the GM strike.
Source: NBC 24 News