112 Faith Leaders Demand GM Re-Engage in Talks with Fired Colombian Workers

As people from around the U.S. fast and pressure GM on behalf of the workers, signatories appeal to CEO Dan Akerson for a "fair and just resolution."

DETROIT, MI - A group of 112 leaders, representing 12 different faith traditions, have sent General Motors CEO Dan Akerson a strong and decisive message: that GM should return to talks with a group of 68 injured and subsequently fired Colombian workers, "in order to reach a fair and just resolution through dialogue." As workers enter the 21st day of their re-initiated hunger strike, the situation is urgent.

Today, International Human Rights Day, has been marked by numerous solidarity fasts, and other calls from around the country for GM to negotiate with the Association of Injured Workers and Ex-Workers of General Motors-Colmotores (ASOTRECOL). In their letter, representatives of the Presbyterian, Catholic, United Church of Christ, Methodist, Mennonite, Episcopalian, Jewish, Lutheran, Christian Science, Baptist, Muslim, and Unitarian Universalist traditions join in these calls, saying that their sacred texts compel them to pursue justice in this case. "These workers' injuries, coupled with their job loss, have driven their families into extreme poverty," the letter notes with great alarm.

After a 3.5-day mediation failed without an agreement on August 31, GM has made no indication that it will return to the negotiating table to find a mutually agreeable solution with ASOTRECOL.

Find more background on this situation and ways to take action at witnessforpeace.org

Press Contacts:

SPANISH - Jorge Alberto Parra Andrade: President of Colombian GM workers' association, 313-204-2304, jjorgeaalberto@hotmail.com

ENGLISH/SPANISH - Walker Grooms: National Grassroots Organizer, Witness for Peace, 202-547-6112 (office)/205-936-1091 (cell), walker@witnessforpeace.org;
Jess Hunter-Bowman: Associate Director, Witness for Peace, 202-664-6744,jess@witnessforpeace.org