Washington, Sep 24 - Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) put the blame on General Motors management for the Company’s financial problems, pointing out that lower consumer sales and a shift away from gas-guzzling vehicles is primarily responsible for GM’s woes.
“Over the years, the members of the UAW have done all that is reasonable and possible to ensure the continued viability of General Motors. The workers did their part. But can the same be said about management? Have they designed cars people have chosen to purchase? Have they taken into consideration important trends, such as the rising price of oil?
“I do not believe that management can satisfactorily answer those questions. So it is insulting and offensive that the Company has instead come back, contract after contract, seeking to take away gains workers have made,” Kucinich said.
Picketers marched outside GM plants throughout the country today, including a plant in Parma, Ohio, in Kucinich’s Congressional District.
“I strongly support the efforts of the UAW to secure a fair contract with General Motors and stand with my brothers and sisters at Local 1005 in Parma currently on strike.”