Washington, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today spoke on the Senate floor in solidarity with the UAW autoworkers striking for better pay, benefits, and working conditions. Below are Senator Schumer’s remarks, which can also be viewed here:
Today, the United Auto Workers enters its fourth day on its strike for better wages, health benefits, safer working conditions.
America wouldn’t be what it is today without strong unions like the UAW. UAW helped build and strengthen the middle-class, and for decades the UAW has been a leader in the fight for workers’ rights and fair labor standards. So, it’s no surprise that the UAW is once again leading the way with this historic strike on the big three car companies.
The UAW’s demands to these companies are simple: better pay, better benefits, better working conditions. Surely that is not too much to ask of these car companies, who brought in record profits over the last few years. The workers help create those profits, they’re largely the reason there are such profits, and now they deserve to get some of the benefits.
I stand in solidarity with my brothers and sisters at the UAW, and I urge the Big Three car companies to bargain in good faith to quickly reach a new contract that is fair and equitable for workers.