Mayor to lobby for auto bailoutWritten by Toledo Free Press Staff Writers | | firstname.lastname@example.org
On Nov. 18, Mayor Carty Finkbeiner and UAW Local 12 President Bruce Baumhower will fly to Washington, D.C. to voice their support for the proposed bailout package for the nation’s automotive industry, according to a Nov. 17 City of Toledo news release. Finkbeiner and Baumhower will join with officials and labor leaders to meet with General Motors executives and lobbyists at GM’s headquarters to discuss the automotive bailout package that is expected to be voted on later this week.
According to the release, Finkbeiner and Baumhower will also meet with Michigan State Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin, and attend the Senate Banking Committee Hearing on the automotive industry. They will return Nov. 18. The Mayor and Baumhower are covering their own expenses, city officials said.
Finkbeiner released the following statement: “Toledo is one of America’s automotive hotspots, and it is important that our auto companies and suppliers receive prudent financial assistance during this economic malaise, which has been described as the worst since The Great Depression. If the Federal Government can assist Wall Street, they can surely assist our nation’s automotive industry, and I am certain that millions of hard-working Americans would agree. Mr. Baumhower and I are going to Washington, D.C. on behalf of all Toledoans, particularly our brothers and sisters employed at Toledo Jeep, GM Powertrain, and other local automotive manufacturers and suppliers.”