Published: Mon, September 16, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Around 46,000 General Motors auto workers strike in US

Around 46,000 General Motors auto workers strike in US

Almost 50,000 workers are walking out of 33 auto plants across the country. "We are fighting for the future of the middle class", he said. "America's workers deserve better".

The Cami plant was on strike two years ago for four weeks, largely for job security language.

The Parma plant, which opened in 1948 and spans some 2.3 million square feet, employs 1,101 people, according to information on GM's website.

The impact, however, on Magna parts plants in St. Thomas is less clear.

After weeks of negotiations, the collective bargaining agreement between the UAW and GM expired last night.

On Sunday, Dittes said a strike is the union's last resort but is needed because both sides are far apart in negotiating a new contract.

Talks were scheduled to resume at 10 a.m. today. A more painful strike occurred in Flint, Michigan, in 1998, lasting 54 days and costing the automaker more than $2bn. But the real heavy-hitters are the skilled trades workers who make up about 15 percent of the company's workforce-and these individuals can earn as much as $36 per hour and are often granted heavy overtime. The carmaker says it's offering to keep members' health-care contributions the same as in the current contract. "Get together and make a deal!" GM has said they negotiated in good faith.

GM Chief Executive Mary Barra met with Trump ahead of the strike deadline.

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One of the solutions proposed by GM for the troubled factories involves turning the OH plant into an electric vehicle battery production facility. If Trump were to turn against the striking workers, it could potentially alienate him from his base in crucial battleground states like OH and MI ahead of the 2020 election.

The union wants to stop GM from closing Lordstown and an assembly plant in Detroit.

- GM is making big money, $8 billion past year alone, and workers want a bigger slice.

But the union said GM's proposal fell short in key areas including health care, use of temporary workers and the length of time it takes for shorter-tenured members to get to top-scale pay.

Meanwhile, GM said in a statement it had made a strong offer to the UAW, including higher wages and $7 billion worth of factory investments that would create hundreds of new jobs.

GM announced last November it was effectively shuttering five plants in North America, including facilities in MI and OH that were "unallocated" for production.

The automaker has 12 vehicle assembly plants, 12 engine and power train facilities and a handful of stamping plants and other facilities around the United States. GM would not give a precise number.

"We do not take this lightly", Terry Dittes, the UAW vice president in charge of the union's relationship with GM, said at a news conference in downtown Detroit.

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