UAW members deliver 4,000 letters to General Motors pleading for jobs

Union members dressed as Santa and wearing Christmas hats deliver 4,000 letters to General Motors executives on Friday.
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DETROIT (WJRT) (12/21/2018) - Union members from the Detroit area made a Christmas delivery to General Motors headquarters with a message that isn't anything to be merry about.

On Friday, UAW workers hand delivered 4,000 letters to executives at General Motors. The letters were written by fellow UAW members, family and friends asking leadership to keep GM jobs local.

"Today was very important to send a message to General Motors, to not only Mary Barra but also the stockholders, that this is bittersweet," said Doris Parnell of UAW Local 22. "We have an excellent workforce here in the United States."

The letters come as the company prepares to shudder up to five plants across North America and lay off thousands of workers amid a change in focus away from sedans.

GM issued a statement, saying the decisions made recently are difficult and they understand its impact on employees, families and surrounding communities.