SWARTZ CREEK, Mich. — A group of approximately five picketing workers from the United Auto Workers (UAW) strike outside a General Motors (GM) plant in the Flint area suffered minor injuries on Tuesday when a vehicle leaving the plant struck them, according to local police.
President of UAW Region 1-D, Steve Dawes, expressed his concern over the incident. Two of the five people struck were taken to a nearby hospital for medical attention. Dawes emphasized that the workers were peacefully and legally demonstrating their grievances. He called the incident “uncalled for” and stressed that he would push for this matter to be dealt with seriously.
Last week, UAW initiated a strike at 38 different locations, including the Flint Processing Center, against GM, Ford, and Stellantis. Despite worries over the potential negative impact of an extended strike on the economy, especially in crucial states like Michigan, President Biden has shown support for the workers’ quest for improved wages at a time when car companies are enjoying increased profits.