Picketing UAW members get local leaders’ support at GM Lordstown

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Youngstown Mayor Tito Brown and Warren Mayor Doug Franklin stopped by to show some support

LORDSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – As the United Auto Workers strike continues, some picketers in Lordstown got a special show of support on Thursday.

Two of the top leaders from Mahoning and Trumbull counties talked with workers, Youngstown Mayor Tito Brown and Warren Mayor Doug Franklin.

Plus, they didn’t go empty handed, bringing Avalon pizza and food from Suzie’s Dogs and Drafts.

The mayors wanted to show their support for workers now in the middle of their third week of the nationwide strike.

“It is important to this area. We need to send a message that we’re all together in this with our brothers and sisters in labor here. This is our opportunity to give them a little bit of support,” Brown said.

“We want to show the workers that the community is behind them, that we support and we hope this urges a settlement from both sides,” Franklin said.

The mayors visited all five gates where workers are picketing outside the GM Lordstown plant. The UAW members were very appreciative of their time and support.

“I think it speaks miles, it does. It’s just a great thing. I mean, it made me feel really good that they came out, brought us something to eat. Take whatever you want, we got plenty,” said picketer Jolene Layshock.

Both mayors shared a sense of community with the picketers.

Strikers take four hour shifts on the picket line and are staffed around the clock. Many of them have returned to Lordstown to picket after leaving for work at other GM facilities.

“One gentleman had his 4-year-old out on the picket line with him. The one kid didn’t want to leave his side so he’s holding a sign up and he tells me he doesn’t want me to go because he doesn’t know when I’m going to leave again,” Franklin said.

Franklin is a UAW retiree and had a personal connection with many of the picketers.

Both mayors believe a family and community feeling can help the workers persevere until a settlement is reached.

Workers on the picket lines said Lordstown Mayor Arno Hill also stopped by Thursday morning.

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