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Rep. Brennan Stands with United Auto Workers' Strike

September 15, 2023
Sean P. Brennan News

COLUMBUS - State Rep. Sean Patrick Brennan (D-Parma) today announced that he is fully supportive of the Stand Up Strike and all United Auto Workers (UAW) union members. UAW members agreed that they would strike if an agreement was not met by 11:59 pm ET on Thursday, September 14, 2023.

“UAW built Parma and Parma stands with our UAW brothers and sisters, especially our beloved Local #1005.  The members have waited too long for a new contract after helping  the company weather the last two economic downturns, yet now sees profits are at historic highs. It is only fair that the employees whose labor the profits derive share in those profits. God knows the shareholders and top management have,” said Rep. Brennan. 

UAW members are currently striking and picketing at three locations across the nation, including the Stellantis’ Toledo Assembly Complex, a GM site in Wentzville, Missouri, and a Ford assembly location in Wayne, Michigan.

General Motors, Ford, and Stellantis have authorized $5 billion dollars in stock buybacks with their CEOs having received a 40% salary increase. The companies have earned $24 billion dollars in profits in the first half of 2023, indicating the success of the auto industry for the last few years. However, workers have been asking for wage increases, new working conditions, and to restore benefits that were cut while companies were struggling in the 2008 Financial Crisis, and these requests have not been met.

Rep. Brennan is fully supportive of federal legislation like the ProAct and Senator Sherrod Brown’s Workers Healthcare Protection Act. He believes that we need to update our labor laws and strengthen our workforce. Strikes have been happening across the country, from actors to autoworkers, and he believes we must support everyone’s right to a living wage, and a good job.