Fetterman Applauds United Auto Workers’ Historic Agreements with Big 3 Automakers

United Auto Workers (UAW)

U.S. Senator John Fetterman of Pennsylvania has released a statement celebrating the tentative agreements reached by the United Auto Workers (UAW) with Stellantis and General Motors. If approved by UAW membership along with the Ford agreement, these deals would end the union’s historic strike against the Big 3 automakers.

Sen. Fetterman expressed his admiration for the tens of thousands of workers who stood up and demanded a share in the massive profits they help generate. He commended their courage and tenacity in securing what he termed a “historic victory”.

“I’m proud that in addition to the tentative agreement with Ford, the United Auto Workers have also reached deals with GM and Stellantis,” said Sen. Fetterman. “I want to send all of these brave workers and their families my deepest congratulations on their historic victory.”

The agreements were brokered by UAW President Shawn Fain and his negotiating team, culminating in groundbreaking contracts that many initially doubted could be achieved. The workers held firm, however, demonstrating that paying them what they deserved was indeed possible.

“These agreements secured by UAW President Shawn Fain, the negotiating team, and union workers are truly groundbreaking,” Fetterman added. “Many people doubted these workers and their ability to fight and win. But they held the line and secured historic agreements, proof that paying these workers what they deserved all along was possible.”

Sen. Fetterman further praised the UAW workers for their six-week demonstration of solidarity, setting an example for working people across the country. Their fight for fairness transcends state boundaries, a fact underscored by Fetterman’s visits to UAW picket lines in Michigan and Ohio in addition to Pennsylvania.

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“The brave UAW workers who held the line for over six weeks set an example for working people across the country, that better things are possible when workers stand together and fight,” said Fetterman. “That’s why I was proud to visit UAW picket lines in Michigan and Ohio in addition to Pennsylvania, because the fair deals workers are fighting for goes beyond state lines.”

Sen. Fetterman concluded by underscoring the importance of organized labor in building both Pennsylvania and the nation as a whole. The strength shown by the UAW workers in their recent negotiations serves as a reminder of what can be achieved when workers stand together.

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