Around 100 United Auto Workers’ supporters gathered in Langhorne, Pa., at the General Motors Service Parts Operation warehouse on Oct. 13. Workers, both unionized and not, came from surrounding New Jersey and Pennsylvania cities and towns, some from as far away as Philadelphia to break bread and barbeque in a massive potluck dinner.
Solidarity Sunday, a grassroots, community-led effort, saw workers from all sorts of jobs come out to affirm the GM workers’ efforts for the second week in a row. Union affiliation included the Communication Workers, several American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees district councils and Working Educators, a progressive teachers’ group from Philadelphia. A coalition of educators and community members in New Jersey, NJ21 United, also attended. Members of Industrial Workers of the World, Workers’ Solidarity Network and Democratic Socialists of America were on hand. A collection was taken that raised funds to cover one and a half weeks of food for the striking workers’ families.