For Immediate Release
November 16, 2021
EMILYs List Statement on Chuck Grassley’s Anti-Worker Stance
WASHINGTON, D.C. – According to a new poll from the Des Moines Register, 58% of Iowans, including 49% of Republicans, support United Auto Workers members over their Deere & Co. bosses. Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley has failed to stand with the striking workers, saying he won't comment on the strike because he doesn't “know the issues that are at stake” for those participating. Laphonza Butler, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement in response:
“Once again, Sen. Grassley has shown that he is completely out of touch with the wants and needs of everyday Iowans. The majority of Iowans stand in solidarity with the striking UAW workers, including a plurality of Republicans, yet Sen. Grassley and his allies in Washington have repeatedly undermined their efforts to secure better compensation and conditions. Iowa’s workers deserve representation in Washington that will prioritize their interests and support labor rights. Unfortunately, after 40 years in the Senate, Grassley has abandoned Iowa’s working class.”
To see the full poll results, click here.
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