Local 598 UAW members sing during the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Fisher Body Plant 2 strike in Flint, while remembering that it is the longest strike in GM history.
Ryan Garza, Detroit Free Press

Since the General Motors-UAW talks resumed early Monday, hundreds of allied strikers have filed at UAW Local 163 in Westland to collect their first pay strike.

The strike enters its third week and more than 1,200 workers at GM & # 39; s Romulus Powertrain were 5:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday and Tuesday, to raise a check of $ 250 paid from the UAW entertainment strike.

Many strikers said they needed him badly. On Monday, the line of striking workers stretched from the main hall of the unions, slid around the corner and swept down the hall.

For Theodore Mace the money could not come soon enough.

"This is rough because I have an autoimmune disease and I was out of work for a year in medicine, so I didn't have time to save," said Mace, who has worked at GM Romulus Powertrain for three years.

Installation costs [19659009] Macy said he had a good relationship with his landlord, but was worried he would be able to make payments with his car and cover medical bills.

Theodore Mace receives his first $ 250 paycheck at Local 163, which represents workers at GM's Romulus Powertrain plant where Mays works. (Photo: Jamie L. LaReau / Detroit Free Press)

"I have to get back to work this week," Macey said. But he said he would last longer if the strike helped win workers a good deal. "I don't want to settle down."

On September 16, about 46,000 union workers at GM's across the country went on strike. The negotiators work long hours every day, even on weekends, but have not yet reached a prior agreement.

Meanwhile, the costs are increasing for all involved. Attackers watch their savings shrink. GM has so far lost about $ 113 million in profits and is losing $ 25 million a day, according to an analysis released Thursday by consultant Anderson Economic Group, based in East Lansing.

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GM supplier companies and the US economy are also affected. The strikes and workers laid off in GM's network of suppliers have so far lost wages totaling $ 266 million, the analysis said. That equates to about $ 68 million in lost federal income and payroll taxes.

Two of GM's suppliers in Mexico have recently been committed: Lear and EKM factories have laid off about 200 temporary workers, reports say.

Delayed Pay

UAW has more than $ 800 million in its stock fund. He pays striking members $ 250 a week, or $ 50 a day, Monday through Friday. On January 1, strike pay will increase to $ 275 a week or $ 55 a day.

However, it is below the average social security contribution for retirees, which is about $ 1,471 per month, based on June 2019 data.

GM pays one week back, which is why workers receive their last full pay by GM on Friday, September 20th.

Similarly, the first week of a union strike is delayed, so instead of receiving a check for $ 500, everyone receives $ 250. They will be paid for the first week after the strike ends.

"Not enough, but better than nothing," said union member Fatima Lesama, who came to pick up his check on Monday at Local 163. "It was a challenge. I'm almost on a paycheck, because that's because I paid money at my son's college. I'm also trying to buy a house. So this was not the right time for me. "

Lexama has been working at GM's Romulus plant for 23 years. She said she has enough savings to slip through for another week, but if the strike goes on, it will" become difficult. "

Assembly worker Adrian Lewis said he should use the money to work hard to save money, but he said, "I understand what we are fighting for. We're not just giving in."

Henry Miles and his wife, Laurie Miles, planned to go to their landlord after receiving their strike check to ask

Henry Miles and his wife, Laurie Miles, received their strike strike at UAW Local. 163 in Westland on Monday. Henry Miles worked at the GMul Romulus Powertrain plant for three years. (Photo: Jamie L. LaReau / Detroit Free Press)

"I had to stop working two years ago because of disease, so he cares for all of us, "says Laurie Miles. "When I say 'all of us', we have five or six grandchildren who are constantly looked after."

What is the Pledge

Henry Miles said he was striving for "equal rights for all" concerning temporary workers. These workers often do similar work to that of permanent workers, but for less pay, less benefits and no job security. Often they can remain in a temporary state for several years without being permanently hired. The Union wants this to change.

But GM wants to use more temporary workers to help reduce labor costs in order to compete better against foreign car makers building in the US. These competitors' hourly labor costs are $ 13 less than GM's, according to the Ann Arbor Center for Automotive Research.

Henry Miles was a temptress in 2006-07 at GM until, "By the blessing of God, he managed to get hired," Laurie Miles said.

John Hodge spent two years as a temporary worker workers, before being hired permanently in 2010. He is astounding because "I want to do better than they did for me when I went from tempo to permanent," Hodge said.

GM hired Hodge as a tempo through He was paid $ 24 an hour in 2008. When GM hired him full-time two years later, his entry fee dropped to $ 15 an hour because of negotiations in 2009 where the union said it was making concessions, he said, his maximum payment of $ 28 an hour, so he hopes the preliminary deal UAW receives with GM will allow him to pass

But for Hodge, it's not even about wages, he said. Most important to him, like Miles, Macy's and many other union strikes, are temporary workers.

"They have disadvantages: No vacation, no profit sharing, less pay, they are limited to 32 hours a week and no overtime," Hodge said. "This is another division of workers." [19659005] More: UAW strike against GM: The basics, the problems, where it stands now

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