LANSING — The United Auto Workers called for a nationwide strike against General Motors following the expiration of the union contract at midnight Saturday after talks stalled in the negotiation process. In response, state Rep. Julie Brixie (D-Meridian Township) issued the following statement:

“I was raised on picket lines and am always proud to stand with UAW members fighting for affordable healthcare, fair wages and to keep jobs here in Michigan. I’m hopeful the UAW and General Motors can negotiate and ratify a fair contract so Michigan’s autoworkers can get back on the job and we can continue rolling cars off assembly lines here in the United States.”