After nearly 50,000 General Motors employees ended their second day and are set to begin their third day on the picket lines, we are learning more about their demands and how the strike is affecting GM.
Progress was reported as committees continued work on thorny issues such as wages, health insurance costs, use of temporary workers, and new work for plants slated to close.
So did almost 50,000 other UAW workers around the country at GM's 30 other factories and 21 other facilities. "While on strike, hourly employees will be eligible for COBRA so their health care benefits can continue". GM now has too much US factory capacity. That wasn't the case during the Great Recession, when the company was hemorrhaging cash and headed for bankruptcy and a federal bailout.
"We have many plants that are either being renovated or expanded or built new, right now, in the United States, many more than we've had for decades and decades", he stated.
Ms. Wright said any shutdown of an Ontario plant would swiftly affect Ontario's auto-parts sector, which produces components for GM and other vehicle makers in Ontario and the United States.
As U.A.W enters their third full day on strike union members are beating the heat while picketing outside in 90 degree temperatures.
Dressed in red t-shirts and carrying signs reading "UAW on strike", General Motors workers stood outside of their Martinsburg workplace. GM has said that it offered pay raises and $7 billion worth of US factory investments resulting in 5,400 new positions. Pence wrote, referring to the US-Mexico-Canada agreement that the White House hopes will replace NAFTA.
The union wants to stop GM from shutting down a factory in Lordstown, Ohio and an assembly plant in Detroit. However, if the strike lasts longer than a week, members will receive $250 per week in strike pay from the union.
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GM and the union are negotiating at a time of troubling uncertainty for the US auto industry.
GM plans to begin building at least five new electric vehicles in the United States by 2023: two for Cadillac, one for Buick and two for Chevrolet, including a replacement for the Bolt EV.
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Mary Kay Henry, the president of the Service Employees International Union which represents more than 2 million members slammed the news in a statement, calling it "heartless and unconscionable". GM would not give a precise number.
"The company made over $40 billion profit the last 4 years", Kage said.
GM's offers, he said, seem to be pretty good, so the strike is a mystery to him.
GM issued a brief but telling statement on Monday: "Negotiations have resumed".