September 17, 2019

More Than 46,000 U.S. Auto Workers Strike at General Motors

  • Flyover Country

By: Steven Koskulitz

In Brief:

More than 46,000 auto workers went on strike against General Motors after failing to negotiate with the company for higher wages, more healthcare benefits, and job security.

The Background:

General Motors is dealing with its first major strike since 2007. The company has had good sales over the past few years, and the United Auto Workers (UAW) union therefore believes General Motors ought to pay its workers higher wages.

Wages, while important, are not the only issue for the union. Although the company has done well in recent years, workers are worried about its future. This is because the United States and China are still in a trade war, with U.S. tariffs raising the cost of  imported materials. General Motors closed a couple of production plants last year, making workers fearful of losing their jobs.

The union began its strike Monday morning, and people estimate it could cost General Motors up to $90 million a day. General Motors claimed it offered a good deal to the union. The company offered to invest $7 billion to protect union jobs and said it would look into production plants currently not in use.

This strike comes in the midst of a scandal for UAW. Vance Pearson, a member of the UAW's executive board, was charged with embezzling union money and spending it on luxuries.

Notable Quotes:

  • "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,"

                        -General Motors

Steven Koskulitz is a conservative writer from northern Virginia. Contact him at stevenkoskul@verizon.net.

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