Enviro groups declare solidarity with UAW, telling GM: ‘We know you can do better’

    Climate strike at the Michigan Capitol, Sept. 20, 2019 | Laina G. Stebbins

    Almost 50 environmental organizations signed a letter Friday addressed to the CEO of General Motors, declaring their support for the United Autoworkers (UAW) members who have been striking against GM since Sept. 16.

    Workers participate in
    “Solidarity Sunday” at the General Motors Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant, Sept. 22, 2019 | Andrew Roth

    The 46 environmental groups, composed of local and national organizations including Greenpeace USA, Sierra Club and Sunrise Movement, directly urge GM CEO Mary Barra to agree to a fair contract for the workers.

    “We are disturbed by the reports of the termination of health care benefits,” the letter reads in part, adding that “climate change and other environmental problems cannot be solved without investing in workers and supporting strong union contracts.”

    As reported by the Advance, GM has faced pushback since cutting off employee health care last week. On Thursday, GM announced that it would agree to continue offering coverage to striking employees.

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    “Climate change and other environmental problems cannot be solved without investing in workers and supporting strong union contracts,” the environmental groups also wrote.

    Negotiations between the company and the UAW are ongoing.

    Laina G. Stebbins
    Laina G. Stebbins covers the environment, civil rights, health care/safety net and criminal justice. She is a graduate of Michigan State University’s School of Journalism, where she served as Founding Editor of The Tab Michigan State and as a reporter for the Capital News Service. When Laina is not writing or listening to podcasts, she loves art and design, discovering new music, being out in nature and spending time with her two very special cats.

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