U.S. Senate candidate Tim Ryan visits UAW workers


By Sam Wildow

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TROY —U.S. Senate candidate Tim Ryan returned to Troy on Tuesday, this time to show support to the UAW Local 128 outside of Collins Aerospace.

UAW Local 128 members were protesting outside of Collins Aerospace again on Tuesday after the UAW reported earlier this week that the business locked out nearly 300 workers following a failed contract negotiation.

Ryan said he was proud to stand with UAW Local 128 members locked out at Collins Aerospace in Troy.

“These men and women are the backbone of our defense supply chain but their employer is choosing corporate greed over cutting workers in on the deal,” Ryan said in a post on social media.

Collins Aerospace, a Raytheon Technologies subsidiary, manufactures aerospace and defense products. According to the website USAspending.gov, which is operated by the Bureau of the Fiscal Service of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Raytheon Technologies Corporation has received approximately $15.5 billion from contracts with the U.S. government, primarily from the Department of Defense.

UAW members said on Monday they are willing to work while negotiations continue, but they added that Collins Aerospace has “chosen to lock us out.”

In a statement given on Monday, a representative for Collins Aerospace said, “Collins Aerospace is prepared to continue negotiating in good faith with UAW Local 128 and seeks to reach an agreement that recognizes and rewards our employees’ contributions while allowing us to remain competitive.”

Ryan, who is also the U.S. representative for Ohio’s 13th congressional district, is seeking the Democratic nomination for the open senate seat being vacated by Rob Portman.

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