GM workers protest outside North American International Auto Show's Charity Preview

Attendees protest plant closures, layoffs

By Koco McAboy - Reporter, Dane Sager Kelly - Web Producer

DETROIT - Protesters were joined by U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist outside Cobo Center on Friday night during the North American International Auto Show's Charity Preview.

ORIGINAL STORY: Rep. Tlaib, Lt. Gov. Gilchrist join GM protest outside Detroit auto show Charity Preview

Detroit-Hamtramck plant lineworker Sean Crawford spoke with Local 4 about what the protest meant to him and the workers whose livelihoods are in limbo.

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General Motors is closing several plants in the U.S. and Canada, including the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly in Detroit and Warren Transmission Operations in Warren.

Crawford praised the community support he said the protests were getting locally, nationally and internationally.

"It's a beautiful thing," Crawford said. 

Crawford questioned GM CEO Mary Barra's methods and asked her to draw parallels to her father, who worked at a Pontiac factory, and the thousands of GM workers uncertain of their future.

"You need to respect American workers," Crawford said.

You can watch Crawford's comments in full in the video above.

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