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Striking GM employees: "We've gone too far to back down"

Posted at 7:36 PM, Sep 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-30 19:36:59-04

TOWN OF TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WKBW) — It's now been two weeks off the job for striking General Motors employees.

"However long it takes this is what we're out here for," said John Orsini of Local 774. "We're here for each other."

Thousands of United Auto Workers across the country have been on strike since mid-September, demanding fair wages, affordable healthcare, better job security and better pay and time off for temporary workers.

"We're going to do it until the end, we've gone too far to back down," said Ron Bailey.

Union workers say the support from the community has been overwhelming.

"People are feeding us, bringing over water," Bailey said. "It's amazing the support we got.

Over at Armstrong's Barber Shop in West Seneca, free haircuts are being given to striking GM workers.

"With all the extra stress on them, it's something little I could do to help out," said Zachary Armstrong.

GM sent a statement saying, "“We continue to talk and it remains our goal to reach an agreement that builds a stronger future for our employees and our company.”