LANSING, MI (WILX) - Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is supporting autoworkers who are striking against General Motors.
The Democrat on Monday visited United Auto Workers members picketing outside the Lansing Grand River plant, blocks from the state Capitol building.
Photos her office posted to social media showed her shaking hands and delivering doughnuts.
Always proud to stand with UAW members fighting for good jobs and fair wages. I’m hopeful the UAW and GM can negotiate and ratify a contract quickly so Michigan’s autoworkers can get back on the job as soon as possible, as this is so important to our economy. pic.twitter.com/BnVAFIlm9D— Governor Gretchen Whitmer (@GovWhitmer) September 16, 2019
Spokeswoman Tiffany Brown says Whitmer is closely monitoring the strike and supports working peoples' rights to negotiate together for better wages, benefits, working conditions and more time to spend with their families.
More than 49,000 unionized GM workers walked off their jobs just after midnight Monday.
Whitmer says she is hopeful that the UAW and GM can negotiate and ratify a new contract quickly, because getting autoworkers back on the job as quickly as possible is important to Michigan's economy.
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