Byrnes Floor Speech

DEARBORN, Mich., Sept. 18, 2023 — The United Auto Workers (UAW) officially went on strike last week. With a lack of consensus on negotiations, this is the first time UAW workers have struck simultaneously at all Big Three automakers — about 300,000 Michigan workers are hourly workers connected to the auto industry. The union has been in contract negotiations with the automobile companies fighting for fair pay and better benefits. This strike comes on the heels of others this week, including striking workers at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Ascension Health. State Rep. Erin Byrnes (D-Dearborn) issued the following statement in support of the efforts by Michigan workers:

“I stand with Michigan workers as they advocate for better pay and working conditions. Michigan workers are some of the best in the country; it’s time they are recognized and rewarded for their hard work. While these companies are making record breaking profits year after year, workers are having trouble putting food on their tables. These companies should share the wealth with their employees who are the backbone of their operation, and support them with better pay and working conditions.”

House Democrats have a long history of firmly standing in support of hardworking Michigan families, and since gaining majority this year, the lawmakers have made historic strides to uplift the workers who keep Michigan running by repealing anti-worker “right-to-work” laws, re-establishing prevailing wage, restoring collective bargaining rights and helping to keep more money in Michiganders’ pockets.