Strike Pay for GM Workers Increased As Strike Continues

Daniel Fowler
October 15, 2019

If this strike lasts through the end of the year, the pay is slated to go up an extra $25 in January. Union officials said the offer could lead to a temporary agreement if GM approved the terms.

With 40 percent of the UAW-GM workfoce located in MI, the report said, the state is suffering the worst fallout from the strike with $160 million less in weekly compensation, and a drop in personal income taxes collected by state and local governments, the auto report says.

The UAW-GM strike isn't the only strike the union has going as it works through the negotiation process with two other companies: Aramark Corp. and Mack Trucks Inc.

Union members, to the surprise of some observers, have been remarkably supportive of the walkout, which the strikers have readily admitted has many of them facing financial hardship. This is not the first time a counterproposalhas been offered. "$250 strike pay doesn't exactly allow for new clothing". The increase had been scheduled for January 1, according to a resolution approved by the union's executive but will now take effect this week. Up until now, union members strike pay was reduced dollar for dollar up to $249 by any outside earnings. "They'll have to come to terms with reality and strike an accord".

'We are all standing together for our future.

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"UAW members and their families are sacrificing for all of us".

Most recently, the UAW had submitted another counter proposal to GM, which was under review.

UAW Vice President Terry Dittes thanked members for "holding the line" in a video released earlier on Sunday. "This is in light of the increase in strike pay which has given UAW GM workers new energy to keep on striking GM until workers get a fair contract", the source said.

On Friday, the 11th of October 2019, Detroit-based No. 1 United States automaker, General Motors Co. had exercised an unconventional approach by proffering its contract proposals directly to unionized employees in a bid to put an end to a month-long strike of 48,000 hourly workers.

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