By SHERI GASSAWAY
Wentzville, MO – Fellow union members, friends of Labor and local businesses are stepping up in a big way to show support to the striking UAW Local 2250 members at the GM Assembly Plant here.
Since the strike began, fellow union members and friends of Labor have joined Local 2250 members in solidarity on the picket line bringing everything from food and water to firewood and toiletries, and local businesses have dropped off donuts, pizzas and barbecue while others are offering free services or discounts. See related story: UAW/GM strike – Week 2: 'Because it's time, we'll hold the line'.
“The outpouring of support from the community has been amazing,” Local 2250 President Glenn Kage said.
LABOR AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT
Fellow union members standing in solidarity on the picket line have included the Missouri AFL-CIO, UFCW Local 655, Carpenters Local 32, Sheet Metal Workers Local 36, SEIU Local 1, Sprinkler Fitters Local 268, Teamsters locals 688, 682 and 600, Machinists District 9 and Iron Workers Local 396, just to name a few.
Democratic gubernatorial frontrunner Missouri Auditor and Democratic candidate for governor Nicole Galloway stopped by the strike line and Local 2250’s union hall to talk with workers, as have Representative Doug Beck (D-Affton), a member of Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 562 who’s running for the First District Senate seat in 2020; Senator Gina Walsh (D-Bellefontaine Neighbors), who also serves as president of the Missouri State Building & Construction Trades Council; Senator Jamilah Nasheed (D-St. Louis); Representative LaKeySha Bosley (D-St. Louis); Representative Doug Clemens (D-St. Ann); Representative Bob Burns (D-Affton) and Wentzville Mayor Nick Guccione.
“I’m running for Governor to put Jefferson City back on the side of working families, Galloway wrote on her Facebook page. “I was proud to stand with the workers on the picket lines at the Wentzville Assembly plant today.”
Beck wrote on his Facebook page: “This fight is bigger than these UAW workers, it is a fight for the middle class! Please do what you can to support these folks and together we will win!”
HOW YOU CAN HELP
If you would like to help the UAW strikers, you can drop off donations at any of the five entrances to the GM Wentzville Assembly Plant at 1500 Highway A in Wentzville, or you can mail a check made payable to UAW Local 2250 and mail to UAW Local 2250, 1395 E. Pearce Blvd., Wentzville, MO 63385.
Additionally, you can drop off diapers, personal hygiene products, and non-perishable food items at the following locations: St. Louis Gateway APWU, 1705 S. Broadway in St. Louis; CWA Local 6300, 2258 Grissom Drive in Maryland Heights; and IBEW Local 1439/1455, 2121 59th St. in St. Louis.