NewsPublic Affairs / September 9, 2016

UAW Criticizes Todd Young For Auto Bailout Comments

UAW training representative Jim Bewley criticized Republican Todd Young for not supporting the auto industry bailout. - Brandon Smith/IPBS

UAW training representative Jim Bewley criticized Republican Todd Young for not supporting the auto industry bailout.

Brandon Smith/IPBS

The United Auto Workers union is criticizing Republican U.S. Senate candidate Todd Young for his past comments on the auto industry bailout, saying Young doesn’t support the American worker.

The UAW gathered in three union halls around the state Thursday to publicly attack Young's stance on the bailout. The events coincide with a new ad from Democrat Evan Bayh’s campaign. Both criticize Young for comments he made during his first congressional run in 2010 when he called the federal auto industry bailout a “waste.”

UAW representative Jim Bewley says those comments, along with other stances Young has taken, including his past support for the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal, are why the union won’t support Young.

“All you have to do is look at his stance on increasing the minimum wage and Mr. Young does not support the American worker. And his actions have proven that in the past,” Bewley says.

Young voted against legislative language to raise the federal minimum wage.

In a statement, Young campaign spokesman Jay Kenworthy calls Evan Bayh a “rubber stamp” for President Obama on bailouts and Obamacare. Kenworthy says Young speaks out on behalf of Hoosiers.

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