Thousands of UAW workers across the country are on their 10th day of idling the GM plant in pursuit of what the union calls fairness. This strike has been the biggest in decades according to workers who have been with the company for long. There is a lot of pressure on the company to agree with UAW’s demands since the company is losing money and its affecting GM’s contractors.
The strike started on September 16, idling 31 GM factories and 21 other facilities in nine different states. It is the most massive strike in a US business since the last GM strike 12 years ago that lasted about two days.
The UAW is on strike because of national issues, and these issues include better pay and benefits for nearly 50,0000 General Motors workers. Both parties GM and UAW are on the table trying to negotiate so they can end this strike.
Local county politicians and some UAW family members came to show solidarity for the United Autoworkers here at the GM local plant on 1000 Lexington St in Rochester, NY.
General Motors said its offer to the union includes the promise to invest $7 billion at their US plants over the next four years of the contract, creating or saving 5,400 jobs. The company also offered wage increases or lump sum payments in each of the four years of the contract and improved profit sharing.
The union believes their members deserve to be compensated for the sacrifices they made that helped keep the company open through the bankruptcy and federal bailout ten years ago.
A top issue for the union is the desire to limit the use of temporary workers who are paid less and have fewer benefits than permanent employees.
How would the UAW pay its bills during the strike?
According to sources, the striking workers became eligible for a union strike benefit of $250 a week once the strike entered its eighth day on Monday.
When these trikes prolong, it will affect the General motors 10,000 US supplier suppliers. The suppliers will have no choice but to lay off workers who can no longer produce the parts and other supplies usually sold to GM.