Leaders from Detroit Jews for Justice show support and solidarity for striking UAW members at the GM Assembly Plant.
By Allie Zeff
After their monthly meeting, a minyan of leaders with Detroit Jews for Justice turned out at the Detroit-Hamtramck GM Assembly Plant on the second day of United Auto Worker’s national strike.
About 46,000 GM UAW employees walked off the job Sept. 15 after their contract with the automaker expired. The two sides are working through differences on wages, health care and seniority for temporary employees, among other issues.
DJJ leaders handed out apples and honey to the picketers and brought a sign that read, “Detroit Jews for Justice wish UAW a sweet new year with prosperity, health & power.”
“We’re out here standing up for our jobs. We’re out here standing up for middle-class America, the working middle class,” said Monique Watson, vice president of UAW Local 22.
DJJ leader Rabbi Alana Alpert said “Jewish tradition is clear about our personal and communal responsibility to treat workers with respect. The most significant and respected Jewish legal authorities of the 20th century forcefully confirmed that Jewish law supports unionizing and, when necessary, striking, to achieve just treatment of workers.
“It was so meaningful to visit the picket line during these days leading up to the High Holidays, a time when we do individual and collective introspection,” she added.