General Motors facing massive work stoppage as UAW announces strike

General Motors facing massive work stoppage as UAW announces strike

In a statement, General Motors said, "We presented a strong offer that improves wages, benefits and grows U.S.jobs in substantive ways and it is disappointing that the UAW leadership has chosen to strike at midnight tonight".

The UAW and GM said talks would resume at 10 A.M Monday.

"We have been calling it Lordstown 2.0 because there are like 400 of us there", said Carolyn Alonso.

GM's workers last went out on a brief two-day strike in 2007 during contract talks.

GM has enjoyed several years of strong sales, posting $11.8 billion in operating profits last year, prompting union officials to argue it is time to share the wealth with workers who have borne the brunt of downturns.

According to information from "a source with knowledge of the negotiations", an offer from General Motors came very late Saturday night and it was no good.

UAW members who work for Aramark and do building maintenance for Michigan GM plants are almost 24 hours into their strike.

The new factory would be in addition to a proposal to make electric vehicles for a company called Workhorse, the person told the Associated Press. Data shows that the average GM worker now amasses around $14,000 (nearly twice that of both Ford and FCA) of annual profit-sharing income, though this number could substantially drop should the automotive industry experience a decline.

Experts say the scandal will make it more hard to get rank and file union members at the automakers to ratify any tentative deal reached by union leadership.

Every few minutes, passing drivers honked their horns in solidarity for the few dozen United Automobile Workers members who were picketing outside the plant.

Earlier on Sunday, the UAW said maintenance workers employed by GM contractor Aramark would strike at five GM plants in MI and Ohio. The closures, especially of the Lordstown plant, have become issues in the 2020 presidential campaign.

"This is our last resort", UAW vice-president Terry Dittes said of the strikes.

Union leaders did extend contracts with Ford and Fiat Chrysler indefinitely on Friday.

GM has factories in Michigan, Ohio, New York, Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas, Missouri, Indiana and Kansas. "So there is a lot to cover", said Brian Rothenberg, a UAW spokesman in an email Monday.

Kristin Dziczek, vice president of industry, labor and economics at the Ann Arbor, Michigan-based Center for Automotive Research (CAR), said the strike at GM's USA facilities will also shut its plants in Canada and Mexico as the automaker's supply chain is so integrated.

The company was publicly criticized by its workers - and by President Donald Trump - for announcing plans to shutter plants in Lordstown, Ohio, and in Detroit. That's well above the industry average of 61.

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