Sep 28, 2023

Gov. Kelly joins Kansas auto workers during union rally

Posted Sep 28, 2023 1:00 PM
Photo courtesy Gov. Kelly
Photo courtesy Gov. Kelly

KANSAS CITY —Kansas Governor Laura Kelly joined auto workers local 31 at a solidarity rally in Kansas City, Kansas Wednesday.

She followed President Joe Biden's lead. The President grabbed a bullhorn on the picket line in Michigan Tuesday and urged striking auto workers to “stick with it”  in an unparalleled show of support for organized labor by a modern president.

On social media, the governor wrote, "Kansas Autoworkers and General Motors play a key role in our economy, contributing to the success and growth of our state."

On September 20, General Motors announced they were going to stop work at the Fairfax plant in Kansas City due to the walkout at the Wentzville, Missouri plant. Workers at the Kansas plant build the Chevrolet Malibu and Cadillac XT4.

The union says it will announce on Friday how it plans to expand its strike against Detroit's three automakers. Additional walkouts will take place at noon Friday without serious progress in contract talks, the union said.

Auto workers went on strike Sept. 14 when the union couldn't reach agreements on new contracts with Ford, General Motors and Jeep maker Stellantis.