DETROIT – Leaders of the United Autoworkers (UAW) union decided to initiate a strike last Sunday against General Motors as contract negotiations went beyond a weekend deadline.
Workers started walking off the job over the weekend and by Monday morning about 50,000 union members were not reporting to their plants and manufacturing facilities.
Negotiations have been ongoing each day this week. On Tuesday, GM announced it would move striking UAW workers to COBRA healthcare coverage.
Sources said there was some progress between the two sides in negotiations on Wednesday. Negotiations continued Friday with no end to the strike in sight.
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Overall, union workers have shut down 33 manufacturing plants in nine states and 22 parts distribution warehouses. Negotiations between the two parties have been underway all week, but it's unclear when a new deal could be reached and when the strike will end.
Meanwhile, about 1,200 Canadian auto workers have been laid off due to parts shortages.
The UAW said workers are striking to secure fair wages, affordable healthcare, their share of profits, job security and a defined path to permanent seniority for temp workers.
GM said it presented "a strong offer that improves wages, benefits and grows U.S. jobs in substantive ways."
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