So in honor of this special coverage, we have more! Take a look (below) at a video of Christina’s impassioned speech about these victims – including her own mother. She points out the fact that she and most of her family are union members from Michigan who want these companies to succeed but not at the unnecessary expense of victims or consumer safety. The speech took place at a Teamsters rally outside the Detroit auto show, joined by U.S. Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), Detroit City Councilwoman JoAnn Watson, and Detroit Rainbow/PUSH President Rev. D. Alexander Bullock. The rally was to bring attention to this: GM and Chysler are replacing experienced union haulers who know how to deliver the company’s vehicles safely and securely, with less experienced lower-wage contract workers, which, according to a new report by Wayne State professor and national truck safety expert Michael Belzer “Fiat/Chrysler’s moves to cut-rate car haul companies will likely lead to more accidents on our nations’ roads.”
Families like the Catalanos want accountability and they want to make sure preventable car tragedies happen to no one else. That’s the Teamster’s message, as well. Cutting safety corners is not the way to sell cars. We hope someone over there at GM and Chrysler are listening!