WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, released a statement following the failure of the United Auto Workers (UAW) and three of the nation’s largest automakers to reach an agreement to renew employee contracts before contracts expired on Thursday night. The UAW has stated publicly that their members would be prepared to strike if an agreement was not made by the deadline.
“This strike is the latest example of the folly of pursuing policy on the sake of ideology, as opposed to a clear understanding of the consequences of those decisions. Pushing to electric vehicles when the United States does not have the critical minerals, when it makes us vulnerable to Chinese supply chain, and when the UAW is now calling a strike, will endanger our economy,” said Dr. Cassidy. “The parties must resolve their differences and bargain in good faith towards an agreement that benefits all. It is imperative the White House push for a quick resolution to avert deepening this crisis.”