Last week, auto workers staged a massive walkout following a breakdown in labor contract negotiations between General Motors and the United Auto Workers. Now, as the GM strike enter its second week, there appears to be no concrete evidence that significant progress has been made towards a resolution.
“They’re still talking,” said UAW spokesman Brian Rothenberg. There’s certainly plenty to discuss, with the UAW and GM going back and forth on issues like healthcare, profit sharing, wages, temporary workers, and product allocation.
As the UAW seeks to establish the best possible contract for its members, GM would like to lower labor costs to a level that’s more in line with U.S. factories operated by foreign automakers. According to a report from AP, citing the Center for Automotive Research, it’s estimated that GM labor costs, including benefits, amount to roughly $63 per hour, as compared to the $50 per hour paid by foreign automakers.
Democratic Presidential candidates weighed in on the GM strike over the weekend, including Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden.
“GM is demonstrating that it has no loyalty to workers in America …. Their only loyalty is to their bottom line, and if they can save a nickel by moving jobs to Mexico or Asia or anywhere else on this planet, they will do it,” Warren said.
Meanwhile, the FBI’s probe into corruption within the UAW continues, leading to distrust among some UAW members. Last month, the FBI raided UAW President Gary Jones’ home in connection with the probe.
Source: Associated Press