Members of the Nebraska Democratic Party issued statements of support Friday for the striking workers at Kellogg’s and John Deere plants.
“It is time for Kellogg’s and John Deere to get back to the negotiating table with these workers for the benefit of all. With the billions in profits they made last year, the companies should be increasing pay and benefits, not taking them away” — Ron Kaminski, NDP National Committeeman and DNC Labor Caucus Board Member
“The Democratic Party stands with and supports the workers at Kellogg’s and John Deere on strike. Union wages that respect the dignity of the worker means more money going into the local economy. When corporations are making profits, those should be shared with the workers who make that wealth creation a reality.” — NDP Chair Jane Kleeb
“The Douglas County Democratic Party stands with the striking workers. We now have 1,400 workers in Omaha standing together to ensure good pay and benefits for all workers and eliminate a two-tiered wage system. Another 6,500 UAW workers are striking against John Deere to try to maintain some retirement security for their members. On the 18th of this month, 60,000 workers nationwide who are members of IATSE union, the folks who are stagehands, work lights and cameras and produce movies and TV shows, may have to walk off the job just to get their employers to negotiate with the intent of reaching an agreement. In total, nearly 100,000 workers are striking just to ensure good wages and benefits for working people. It’s not a coincidence that after years of every bit of gains going to the one percent, workers are standing up for their share too. — C.J. King, chair of the Douglas County Democratic Party and the NDP’s Working Families Chair