September 23, 2023

Senator Duckworth joins striking UAW workers in Chicago area

Source: WREX


U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) arrived in Naperville to show her support for striking United Auto Workers Friday.

As workers from Stellantis' Chrysler Parts Distribution center in Naperville walked off the job at noon yesterday, Duckworth joined their efforts picketing for better pay and benefits. 

"These hardworking Americans sacrificed to keep the auto industry afloat when things were tough, and they deserve their fair share now that the industry is reporting record profits and already-wealthy executives are earning more than ever," said Duckworth.

Duckworth's show of solidarity appears as President Joe Biden prepares to also join the picket line. 

Planning for a Tuesday visit to Michigan, the President will join the autoworkers while negotiations continue between the union and the "Big Three" automakers – Ford, General Motors and Chrysler maker Stellantis. 

For Duckworth, nevertheless, the senator also tells 13 WREX she remains a "proud co-sponsor" of a bipartisan and bicameral (House and Senate) pro-worker bill. The legislation aims to protect workers' rights and bargain for better wages, benefits and workplaces.

For the senator's local support, in January Duckworth stated her office supported local and state officials in keeping the Belvidere Stellantis plant open.

Since then, no comments or statements have been made related to Belvidere. 

Still, the senator continues her support for UAW at large: "Every American deserves to work in a safe, good-paying job that allows them to support their families and save for a secure retirement, and I’ll continue to be in solidarity with United Auto Workers nationwide as they work toward an agreement." 

By:  Nathan Langley