I’ve worked at General Motors for 17 years. A member of UAW Local 160, I help build the vehicles we test before they go into production.
When the economic downturn hit it was scary. I didn’t know what would happen to my job — or the pensions of my dad and grandfather, who are GM retirees.
I’m really glad President Obama stepped in to help the auto industry. It saved jobs and pensions, and GM is a more efficient operation now.
Since the auto rescue, my brother and two friends have gotten jobs at GM. I feel fortunate to have a good-paying job like this. I’ll never be rich, but I can afford to have a decent house and not worry about paying the bills. I can even put a little away for a vacation and start saving for my kids’ college.
President Obama is pushing to rebuild our country’s manufacturing base to make things people around the world want to buy. I think that’s important to the future of our country.
I also think about my daughter’s future, so I’m happy to see the President standing up for women’s rights with legislation like the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. My daughter is 12 and she understands what this means. She even goes out knocking on doors with me sometimes when I talk to voters.
All of us in the auto industry have a debt to repay President Obama. He’s inspired me to get involved, and I hope you’ll do the same.