Bernie Sanders joins striking UAW workers in Detroit

Posted at 9:20 AM, Sep 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-25 22:21:46-04

(WXYZ) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders joined striking UAW members at the Detroit-Hamtramck GM plant on Wednesday.

Sanders said he is "proud" to support the UAW workers.

In August, Sanders released his Workplace Democracy Plan, which would double union membership during his term and give workers unprecedented protections in the workplace.

He shook hands and took photos with those striking, and was out there for about 20 minutes on Wednesday. He said the nearly 50,000 members on strike deserve a fair contract after giving concessions during the bankruptcy years ago.

"What we are saying today to General Motors is start investing in your workers, stop cutting healthcare, stop threatening pensions, pay your workers a decent wage, stop shutting down plants in America and building abroad," Sanders said.

Now entering the tenth day of the strike, negotiations continue to focus on the future of lower-paid UAW workers.

Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar both joined striking workers earlier this week and last week.