Monday, 14 October, 2019

What you need to know about the GM strike

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Andrew Wong | 20 September, 2019, 03:30

The strike against General Motors Co's US operations has led to a parts shortage, the automaker said on Wednesday, and as a result it announced the temporary lay-offs of 1,200 workers at its Oshawa assembly plant in Canada.

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.

GM workers in the USA walked off the job for the first time in over a decade on Monday over issues including wages, health care, and job security.

Experts predict that GM's profits will drop by between $50m and $100m each day the strike continues (shares in GM dropped 4% yesterday).

President Trump is hoping the ongoing United Auto Workers strike against General Motors will be a quick one.


It's unclear how many workers the two plants would employ. That wasn't the case during the Great Recession, when the company was hemorrhaging cash and headed for bankruptcy and a federal bailout. "Our goal remains to build a strong future for our employees and our business", it said. However, they will still pick up and transport vehicles from locations where there aren't any picket lines. In November 2018, GM announced the closure of five plants in the US and Canada.

Workers used cries of solidarity as the strike approached one full day off the job at GM at the Warren Transmission Plant.

"We are willing to meet as frequently, and for as long as it takes, to reach an agreement that treats our members fairly", Dittes wrote.

"We have to find common ground on 98pc of the remaining issues", he said, after the strike began at midnight Sunday, with placard-waving strikers forming picket lines outside assembly plants.

In a statement announcing the strike, the UAW called on GM to "recognize the contributions and sacrifices that the company's UAW members have made to create a healthy, profitable, industry".


For the first time in 12 years, Hutchinson and fellow union members in Bedford joined employees across the nation as they walked off the job at 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

The union and GM met in a private meeting Monday, but so far there's no word on if they've reached a negotiation.

Before the talks broke off, GM offered new products to replace work at two of four US factories that it intends to close.

"I don't know how long we can stand to go without work there", says Bradin. GM would not give a precise number.

The new strike became the UAW's first walkout against GM since 2007. GM has confirmed production at its Oshawa, Ontario assembly plant is now impacted due to a shortage of parts caused from the strike.


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