FLINT — This week, the United Auto Workers called for a nationwide strike against General Motors following the expiration of the union contract at midnight on Saturday after talks stalled in the negotiation process. In response, state Rep. John Cherry (D-Flint) issued the following statement:

"As the grandson of UAW Local 659 retirees, I know it takes courage to stand up for workplace rights, fair wages and affordable healthcare. I fully support the UAW workers in their fight for American jobs, fair wages and affordable health care and stand in solidarity with them."