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Sen. Bob Casey joins striking UAW workers on picket line in Bucks County

By: - September 26, 2023 9:02 pm

U.S. Sen Bob Casey joins striking UAW members on a picket line in Langhorne, Bucks County, Sept. 26, 2023 (Photo courtesy Sen. Casey)

The same day President Joe Biden joined striking United Auto Workers members on a picket line in Michigan, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) visited a picket line in Langhorne, Bucks County to support striking members of UAW Local 2177.

“I’m proud to stand with UAW workers today in Bucks County as they fight for a fair deal,” Casey said in a social media post after the event Tuesday. “America is strong when we build our economy up from our workers, not down from the boardroom.”

The workers are striking against General Motors, part of the UAW strike across 20 states that began Sept. 15. Ford, General Motors and Stellantis, the “Big Three” auto manufacturers, did not reach a contract agreement with the UAW before the previous one expired. UAW members are seeking a new contract with double-digit pay raises and the elimination of worker tiers.

Workers at the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan, the Stellantis Toledo Assembly Complex in Ohio, and General Motors’ Wentzville Assembly in Missouri were the first facilities called to strike, and have since been joined by 38 more Stellantis and GM auto parts plants. The Langhorne location fulfills orders for GM vehicle parts and delivers them to local dealerships.

When the workers in Langhorne walked off the job Friday, Casey posted a message of support to social media. “Pennsylvania is a union state, and these workers will be heard,” he said.

U.S. Sen. John Fetterman (D-Pa.) visited a UAW picket line in Michigan on Sept. 16,  driving his “UAW-made Ford Bronco from Braddock, Pennsylvania to Wayne, Michigan” to show his support.

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Kim Lyons
Kim Lyons

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