Kaptur Statement On GM Strike

September 16, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Co-Chair of the House Auto Caucus, released the following statement after nearly 50,000 General Motors (GM) employees went on strike after contract negotiations between their union the United Auto Workers (UAW) and GM stalled.


“As the daughter of a UAW organizer, I know firsthand how important, and often difficult, these contract negotiations can be for our workers and their families,” said Rep. Kaptur. “The contract sets out everything from healthcare benefits to pensions and hourly pay. For many of our autoworkers, the stakes couldn’t be higher. As corporate headquarters strategize on modern investments to maintain industry dominance and relevance, such as in electric and self-driving vehicles, they must also consider the importance of investing in their American workers.”


“Northern Ohio fully understands how important a thriving automotive industry is to our regional and national economy. That is why I hope the strike and contract negotiations are resolved quickly and in a way that keeps plants open, jobs in our communities, and upholds our autoworkers’ right to fair treatment and compensation in exchange for their honest labor.”