Washington – A delegation of UAW members from across Missouri, including representatives from General Motors Wentzville UAW Local 2250, recently traveled to Washington to discuss serious workers’ issues with Missouri congressional leaders. Only Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill could find the time to meet with them.
Three Republican Congressmen, Ann Wagner (2nd Dist.), Blaine Luetkemeyer (3rd Dist.) and Jason Smith (8th Dist.) couldn’t find the time to meet and instead sent staffers to talk with the UAW delegation. Congressman Lacey Clay (1st Dist.) was out of the area.
Noting that Sen. McCaskill has a 100 percent voting record on UAW issues, Local 2250 President Glenn Kage said, “It was an excellent meeting and it’s clear the Senator understands, and is willing to fight for, workers’ issues.”
Topics of discussion included negative trade impact, the potential for a national anti-worker “right-to-work” law, making changes to NAFTA to protect American jobs, preserving Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security and the national WAGE Act (Workplace Acton for a Growing Economy) which would streamline workers’ rights to organize and negotiate a first contract.
“The senator was very supportive of our issues and is committed to not only protecting existing manufacturing and agricultural jobs, but bringing more jobs to Missouri,” Kage said.
On NAFTA, Senator McCaskill said: “Our auto workers and so many other hardworking Missourians in manufacturing jobs could certainly benefit from changes to our trade agreements, but as negotiations continue, I’m watching like a hawk to make sure Missouri workers get a good deal.
“I’m working hard with my colleagues across the aisle to ensure the voices and concerns of Missourians in industries across our state are heard loud and clear in our trade negotiations.”