46,000 GM Employees Strike After Failed Trade Union Negotiations

Tens of thousands of General Motors workers in the U.S. have been called out on strike after GM and the United Auto Workers union failed to reach a new pay and conditions deal.

BBC reports that the previous four-year contract between the UAW and GM expired this weekend. The two had held negotiations in a host of issues including wages, healthcare, profit sharing, and job security but a compromise couldn’t be reached. The union is also fighting GM to stop closing car assembly plants in Ohio and Michigan and on Sunday at 11:59 p.m., a total of 46,000 workers from GM walked off the job.

“We do not take this lightly. This is our last resort,” UAW vice-president Terry Dittes said of the strikes. “We are standing up for fair wages, we are standing up for affordable, quality health care. We are standing up for our share of the profits.”

Also Read: UAW Workers Could Walk Off The Job At GM This Weekend As Contract Deadline Looms

A statement issued by GM revealed that it had offered the workers union more than $7 billion in new investments, 5400 more jobs, and various pay and benefits increases.

“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,” GM wrote. “We have negotiated in good faith and with a sense of urgency. Our goal remains to build a strong future for our employees and our business.”

A previous strike of GM’s employees in the United States back in 2007 lasted two days and cost the company $300 million.

  • Porkopolis

    UAW and GM working together to set themselves up for another nice, comfy bailout.

    • charlotteharry57

      Never would happen under Trump.

      • Stephen G

        Right…look at all those coal miners back to work in West Virginia. Yes they all have black lung disease, can’t afford health care and the air is all polluted…but hey…we are Great Again (by “we” I mean the top 1%).

        • Porkopolis

          Everyone, please see above. This is how you can identify a bot. Someone types “Trump,” it’s identified by the bot, and a humorless, canned response is triggered. It’s funny once you start to notice.

          • Stephen G

            Loser argument. I don’t like loser arguments just winner arguments!

          • Porkopolis

            Trump.

      • William rowe

        Boy you must have been asleep since trump enter the white house LOL

      • Porkopolis

        I agree. But having read the article, I’m now familiar with the matter, and can therefore speak to it and identify their intentions.

      • Stigasawuswrecks

        So that $50B bailout to those farmers over his trade war….

        • JGreen

          So that $50B bailout GM got in 2009… Honda did not get a bailout, how are they doing?

          • Dude

            Honda’s going great. They also aren’t an American company and they weren’t bloated like GM was in 2009. Not sure what you’re saying.

          • Stigasawuswrecks

            You mean the same Honda that’s backed by the Japanese government?

          • JGreen

            I’m not familiar with Honda being “backed by the Japanese government”. Can you explain?

  • charlotteharry57

    While GM has only recently woken up and smelled the coffee, as in easing off the “overpriced and underequipped” mantra, this could mean a return to that mantra times two or three.

  • TheBelltower

    Fire them all.

    • Stigasawuswrecks

      Yeah, how dare they want better wages to keep up with the cost of living. All that extra money should to the millionaires at the top who don’t need it.

      • TheBelltower

        No one gets paid according to what they need… if they have six children to feed, or if they have a smoking habit to pay for. They earn what their labor is worth. In the US, GM workers earn a higher living than other automakers pay. Over $60k/year. Which is a substantial income for unskilled labor in most areas.

        • Stigasawuswrecks

          Unskilled labor you say? I work in manufacturing. In fact I’m the engineering manager for an automation company and I’d love to see other people in the company try to pick up a tool and do what they do. Plus what they do has more of a negative impact on their overall health I er the long term. I don’t understand why people want to fight to keep these people at the bottom then complain about their tax money paying their welfare these companies offset onto the general public.

          • TheBelltower

            It’s a term for what kind of labor it is. It wasn’t meant as an insult. The reality is, these workers are hardly “kept at the bottom.” They are earning an honest salary that offers them a good living far above what their skillset would pay them in other industries. Most of what concerns these workers today is that they have no job security and inflation is outpacing their salary increases. Just like the majority of working people in the country.

          • Stigasawuswrecks

            I’m not asking for them to be rich. I just want people to have a living wage. I’ve given up raises and bonuses for the technicians at my job knowing how screwed they’re getting. It’s just sad that we’re content living in a system where the masses struggle.

          • TheBelltower

            In most parts of the country, $60k is a solid wage for each earner within a household. I agree with your last point. But even though they may not have the kind of job security they would like, GM workers are not part of the struggling masses. Their pay is fair and the benefits are incredible. Most people would love to have three weeks of vacation, plus more than two weeks of holiday time off, plus personal days.

          • SteersUright

            We’re not content. We’re overworked, exhausted, and cant take two minutes to protest or we risk losing our jobs by pissing off those in charge. Try taking to social media or otherwise and express your discontent about the unfair practices at any US corporation and see how quickly they let you go and no other will hire you. We’ve allowed conglomerates to squash the small business person and small business was the common person’s only way out of corporate slavery. Today, only benevolent billionaires and young activists with nothing to lose can really change things for the better.

          • Stigasawuswrecks

            And we’ve all become complacent to just take commands like dogs and not speak up and some get mad at other for wanting better for themselves.

        • SteersUright

          “…earn what their labor is worth”…lol.
          What an igonorant, uninformed comment. Do you also believe the USA is god’s gift to the planet, the global morality police and free of all vice and corruption? I work in financial crime. You’d be wise to perhaps research and read about all the scams, fraud, and other methods deployed by corporate executives and politicians in this very country to enrich themselves at the expense of their own citizens. Yup, right here in the good ol’ USA. Furthermore, most “unskilled labor” in this country grew up in areas where high quality education, wealth, and job opportunities are not in abundance. They’re still Americans. And we should still help them.

          • TheBelltower

            “You’d be wise to perhaps research and read about all the scams, fraud, and other methods deployed by corporate executives and politicians in this very country to enrich themselves at the expense of their own citizens. ”

            I don’t disagree with any of that. And the UAW is right in there among the worst.

            “They’re still Americans. And we should still help them.”

            Okay, sure. However nothing you wrote suggests that the GM employee demands have any merit. GM is a failed company, largely because of bad contracts that were signed starting back when there was little in the way of global competition. Today there is global competition, and GM is a global company that is attempting to rebuild itself. If you want to help the GM employees, don’t support something that will cause their well paying jobs to move away permanently.

      • JGreen

        GM “presented a strong offer that improves wages, benefits and grows U.S. jobs in substantive ways”. The union leaders are greedy rich. How about you run a multi-billion dollar company and get paid minimum wage doing it.

        • Stigasawuswrecks

          So you’re fighting for big corporation? Do you know big corporations take more in welfare than common people? Did you know GM raked in billions in profits? How dare people want a share to improve their lives knowing a company can profit plentifully.

          • JGreen

            That “big corporation” employes 173,000 people. How many people do you employ?

          • TheBelltower

            They raked in billions in profits because they cut costs and moved manufacturing jobs to places with cheaper labor. Now these well paid UAW workers are costing GM 90 million $ per day. The workers in Mexico aren’t striking. Perhaps Mexican workers should get paid extra for their commitment to the company?

          • SteersUright

            Mexicans should all get paid better, good on you for mentioning it. They are literally worked like modern slaves. Visit mexican factories some time and perhaps apply. Then you’d have the chance to love the job too and be every bit as “commited” as you mention.

          • TheBelltower

            Perhaps that’s true. Different discussion.

    • Paul

      Get rid of the blankety blank Union. The shady buggers figure GM has the most to lose in all of this so the UAW targets them for their strike and not Ford or Chrysler..

  • William rowe

    strike! F GM and their mexican and china plants. Jobs for Americans in the USA making American products sold in the USA !!!!!

    • Smith

      That is exactly what GM offered but it was not good enough. China and Mexico have nothing to do with it.

      • john1168

        Companies of all kinds offer a bit more after contracts expire but the reality is they can afford to do much better. Companies will always cry “this is the absolute be we can do! Any more and we’ll go bankrupt!” Or they’ll say, “this is our last and final offer!” And a little later they do better. GM is a public company so the union already knows how much profit the company brings in and how much everyone gets paid. I always look at contract negotiations as a used car deal. The owner thinks the car is worth $30k and the guy buying thinks it’s worth $500. They’ll end up agreeing somewhere in the middle as usual. It’s the employees/UAW’s/GM managements fight and they all have that right. It’s their fight so let’s leave them to it and see what happens.

  • Paul

    The Corporations need to find a way to ditch the Unions but somehow not at the expense of the American workers.

    • db

      That’s the kicker, the way GM seems to be going about it is by closing plants here and to Mexico or China.

      Unless the workers decertify the UAW on their own, GM (and others) will continue to leave until the union collapses on its own.

      There is no way the D3(D2) can continue to compete with foreign owned companies while supporting a money sucking entity like the UAW.

      If these workers want to share in the profits from the company, they are free to do what everybody else does, buy shares.

    • SteersUright

      You dont need unions when you have happy workers, fair policies, and generous pay.

      • Smith

        Exactly, so why are they still with UAW? because they have been convinced that they huge compensation package is not enough, when it is really far in excess of what they should get.

  • I’M NOT FAN OF THE WAY GM, OR ANY CAR COMPANY DOES BUSINESSES BUT IT SEEMS LIKE UNIONS ARE JUST AS BAD. AT ONE TIME THEY WERE NEEDED TO PROTECT WORKERS WHO WERE TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF NOW THEY USE THEIR POWER TO GET MORE MONEY FOR LESS WORK.
    PROFIT SHARING? BUY STOCK IN THE COMPANY. I WORK FOR MILLIONAIRES, I NEVER THOUGHT I SHOULD GET PAID BASED ON HOW MUCH THEY WERE WORTH, JUST A FAIR WAGE.

    • SteersUright

      That doesnt make you the authority on anything. The best firms in the world with the highest market valuations all use profit sharing to attract the best and brightest to work there, from Netflix to Microsoft to Google and more. You clearly make enough that you’re happy to not require it. Most do not build anywhere near the capital they need to recover from an unexpected illness or even a single job loss. Profit sharing helps them build real wealth and savings in the companies they, the employees, are instrumental in building. And they deserve every bit of it.

      • Smith

        Are you really trying to suggest that UAW supported auto workers are under paid and under compensated. You are kidding, right? They are the reason the US auto industry is in such a mess right now, so please do not give a bleeding heart story about how poor they are, that is just totally incorrect. As for medical illness, that is a Federal government issue, take it up with Trump.

  • john1168

    I’m no fan of the UAW as they have had their share of corruption BUT I am all for the employees. I wish the employees the best of luck in getting a new contract.

  • A 🤴🏻 THAT WILL RULE OVER YOU

    Trump hasn’t done anything for this country

    • JGreen

      What a well informed and thoroughly considered post.

  • SteersUright

    Good for them. I am all for unionization and everything/anything that gives the common person a fighting chance for a better life, fair wages, healthcare and fair share of the profits they are instrumental in creating. The GM execs could easily cut their own pay by 35% across the board, sleep every bit as good in the overpriced houses eating fine foods and yet also provide a far better life for their employees.

    • Smith

      How many UAW workers have income below the poverty level? NONE. Executive pay is executive pay and UAW pay is well above workers pay. If worker wants executive pay then apply to be an executive and get the same compensation.

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