Detroit, Michigan – More than 49,000 members of the United Auto Workers (UAW) union began a nationwide strike at General Motors just before midnight on Sunday after both sides failed to agree on a new four-year contract. The move is part of members’ stance to get the Big 3 automaker to recognize their commitments and sacrifices that they have made for a profitable industry.
“We stood up for General Motors when they needed us most. Now we are standing together in unity and solidarity for our members, their families, and the communities where we work and live,” said UAW Vice President Terry Dittes.
The members are standing up to secure their rights for:
- Fair wages
- Affordable healthcare
- Rightful share of profits
- Job security
- A defined path to permanent seniority for temps
Negotiations continued Monday in Detroit after breaking off during the weekend.
But union spokesman Brian Rothenberg said the two sides have come to terms on only 2% of the contract. “We’ve got 98% to go,” he said Monday.
Production across the U.S. is expected to be halted until a new contract is hammered out, affecting nearly 50,000 workers at 33 manufacturing plants in nine states as well as 22 parts distribution warehouses.
A pair of business forecasts, one from Credit Suisse and another from RBC Capital Markets, predict GM could lose as much as $50 million for each day of the strike.
Sources: AP, UAW, npr