LANSING — 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. Kara Hope (D-Holt) issued the following statement:

“I fully support the UAW in their ongoing fight for better benefits and job security. I was proud to stand with striking workers on Monday as part of UAW Local 652’s picket line in front of the Grand River Assembly plant here in Lansing. General Motors is a major employer in Michigan and right here in the Lansing area, so not only do I hope the strike is resolved fairly, I hope it is resolved quickly. Although a strike creates temporary hardship for workers, the contract that they are currently fighting for will certainly be worth it in the long run.”