FREEDOM – Democrat State Senate candidate Austin Morgan has been endorsed by the United Auto Workers Region 9 Community Action Program Council.
The council represents thousands of union workers in Western and Central New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
UAW Local 774, which represents workers at the GM plant in Tonawanda, includes members who live within the 57th Senate district.
Morgan recently visited the group who was picketing outside of the plant.
“The United Auto Workers have just ratified a new contract with General Motors after a 40-day strike,” said Morgan. “They were fighting for fair wages, protecting American factories, and making clear that the working class deserves its fair share when companies like GM make massive profits and the CEO makes $22 million.”
Members of the union work in automotive, aerospace and steel industries. They make doors, quarter panels, hoods, fenders and other stamped parts for Ford F-150, 250 and 350 trucks, Flex, Edge, Focus and Econoline vehicles, and for Lincoln MKX and MKTs.
They also build the V-22 Osprey troop transport helicopter and the Chinook medium-lift helicopter at the Boeing facility in Philadelphia.
“It is an honor to receive this endorsement from the United Auto Workers in WNY, but it was an even greater honor to stand with the many hard-working men and women on the picket line who stood for justice and fairness in the workplace,” said Morgan. “With this endorsement, we are one step further to proving that Albany does not need any more wealthy executives, we need people who understand hard work, the value of a dollar, and the needs of the working class.”
Morgan was previously endorsed by the Southwestern NY Building and Construction Trades Council, the Public Employees Federation, Run for Something, and the NYS Young Democrats Rural Caucus.
Morgan is running against Republican George Borrello for the 57th State Senate District.
The district includes Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties and part of Livingston County.