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GM UAW Workers Strike over Wages and Idled Plants


Nearly 50,000 GM UAW employees walked off the job at 55 plants around the US at midnight Monday morning, September 16, to demand a better contract. Among the issues: improving wages, reopening idled plans, increasing jobs, and narrowing the pay difference between new hires and veteran workers.

GM wants employees to pay a greater share of health care costs and to increase workforce productivity and flexibility in factories. Although the company made $8.1 billion globally last year, it has idled three plants in the US as car sales weaken.

The auto industry—even if it is far from its employment heights in the 1970s—remains crucial to the economy. According to the Alliance of Auto Manufacturers, the broader vehicle industry supports 9.9 million jobs and historically accounts for about 3 percent of gross domestic product.

The number of people who participated in work stoppages rose last year to its highest level since the 1980s, buoyed by teacher walkouts and a multi-city hotel worker’s strike. The public has become increasingly supportive of organized labor. A Gallup poll in August found that 64 percent of Americans approve of unions, up from 50 percent a decade ago.

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