UAW and GM differences bringing community together

Local businesses throughout the region have been supporting the local UAW during the strike.

Posted: Sep 21, 2019 5:20 PM
Updated: Sep 25, 2019 2:27 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - They've been standing there day and night since Sunday, fighting for a better deal from GM.

Amy Houston with the local UAW 2209 says after 6 days, some of the GM union employees are being hit hard.

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"With all of our temps in our plant, that's one of the main reasons we're striking is we want to get these temps hired. These people aren't making the higher wage. They may be living week-to-week and they need all the support they can get while they're out of work," Houston explained. 

That support is coming from a not-so-surprising place, local businesses.

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Local car dealerships have provided vans to shuttle picketters back and forth from the union hall to the picket line.

Local Tim Horton's, along with other chains, are providing coffee and donuts to the picketters as well as offering discounts in stores.

One of the other major supporters is Tabitha Gray, the owner of Mancino's.

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"My husband and I both worked out at the plant before we bought Mancino's. He retired after 31 years and I took the buyout," Gray said. "They're our family, my stepson works out there, my cousin works out there. Everything we have is because of things that the union gave us."

That's why Gray believes so many businesses are supporting the UAW, because the UAW supports the community.

Gray said, "that is a group of giving people. When we first bought our business, they were the first ones to come in and support us. They were excited and happy for us and they just really helped us out and I feel like its our duty to do the same for them and I really feel like they don't get enough credit for all that they do in the community."

Houston reiterated Gray's point made by saying "We love our community. We're your neighbors, we sit next to you in church, we're your sports coaches, so we are part of this community. So, for us to have so much support from our community right back, it's wonderful. It's important for to that everyone's realizing we're all in this together."

As of Tuesday night, no deal has been reached between the UAW and General Motors.

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