DETROIT (AP) (9/16/19) – Negotiations between General Motors and United Auto Workers were due to resume on Monday morning.
Thousands of UAW members went on strike at General Motors' manufacturing facility in Flint at midnight on Monday.
GM workers in Flint were among the 49,000 workers who went on strike early Monday morning.
The protest closed 33 manufacturing plants in nine states and 22 warehouses for parts distribution. It was the UAW's first national strike after a two-day stroll in 2007.
The Union said it was concerned about issues including salaries, plant closures, profit sharing and health care.
In Flint, workers picketed in front of every entrance to the GM manufacturing facility in Flint on Monday morning. They wore UAW On Strike green plates and maintained a spirit of optimism.
Union members have stated that they want GM to share some of the wealth it has accumulated over the last few years and to trim its employees. This includes increased wages, better healthcare and greater security in the workplace.
They hoped the strike would be resolved quickly so workers could return to work and continue to build heavy-duty Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks.
Meanwhile, GM said in a statement that it had made a strong bid for the UAW, including higher wages and $ 7 billion in factory investment that would create hundreds of new jobs.
Negotiations were to begin at 1
A senior official at United Auto Workers tells General Motors that if the company made its last offer earlier, the union may not strike, according to the Associated Press.
A letter from UAW Vice President Terry Dittes to GM's major retailer said the company had been waiting for the offer to be up to two hours before the contract expired Friday night. He says it would be possible to reach an agreement and avoid a strike if the company moves earlier.