General Motors, United Auto Workers Back At Bargaining Table After Nearly 50,000 Workers Go On Strik

General Motors, United Auto Workers Back At Bargaining Table After Nearly 50,000 Workers Go On Strik


PULLED A GUN ON THE DRIVER AND THEN TOLD HIM TO GET OUT. SUSPECT THEN TOOK OFF IN THE CAR. GENERAL MOTORS AND UNITED AUTO WORKERS UNION ARE BACK AT THE BARGAINING TABLE TONIGHT. IT COMES AFTER NEARLY 50,000 WORKERS HIT THE PICKET LINE AT MIDNIGHT WHEN BOTH SIDES COULD NOT REACH AN AGREEMENT. “EYEWITNESS NEWS” REPORTER MATT PETRILLO’S IN LANGHORNE BUCKS COUNTY TONIGHT, THE STRIKE IMPACTS NINE STATES INCLUDING PENNSYLVANIA, GOOD EVENING, MATT. REPORTER: HEY, UKEE, GOOD EVENING TO YOU. THAT IS RIGHT THIS GENERAL MOTORS PLANT HERE IN LANGHORNE IS ONE OF THOSE THAT ARE SHUT DOWN. TAKE A LOOK BEHIND ME, THESE UNION WORKERS ARE AMONG 70 THAT WORK AT THIS FACILITY, THEY ARE AMONG 50,000 ACROSS THE COUNTRY ON STRIKE. ON STRIKE OVER BENEFITS. REPORTER: THEIR SIGNS READ UAW ON STRIKE. UNION MEMBERS SAY THEY ARE FIGHTING FOR FAIR WAGES, AFFORDABLE QUALITY HEALTH CARE, AND JOB SECURITY. WE WANT FAIR CONTRACT. WE WANT OUR HEALTH CARE, YOU KNOW, THE WAGES, NO TEMPORARY EMPLOYEES. REPORTER: UAW EMPLOYEE JOSH BARNETT WORKS AT THIS PARTS FACILITY IN LANGHORNE AND SAYS IT IS IN GENERAL MOTORS BEST INTEREST TO DOT RIGHT THING WITH THEIR CONTRACT, OTHERWISE HE AND 50,000 OTHER UNION MEMBERS WILL CONTINUE TO PICKET AND GM’S CUSTOMERS COULD FEEL IMPACT. YOU NEED YOUR CAR FIXED YOU WILL NOT GET THE PARTS. IT WILL TRICKLE DOWN. REPORTER: LOCAL GM DEALERSHIP AND AUTO REPAIR SHOPS TOLD “EYEWITNESS NEWS” SERVICE WILL NOT BE DISRUPTED FOR TIME BEING AND GM BELIEVES IT HAS ROUGHLY 11 DAYS OF INVENTORY OF VEHICLES AND PARTS TO SELL. STILL, DURING THE STRIKE UNION WORKERS ARE PAID $250 PER WEEK, AND THAT IS MUCH LESS THAN WHAT THEY EARN WHILE ON THE JOB. BUT THEY SAY THEY WILL STRIKE AS LONG AS THEY NEED TO. WE WANT A FAIR, EQUITABLE CONTRACT FOR OUR MEMBERS, THEY DESERVE IT. WE HAVE BEEN THROUGH GOOD TIMES AND BAD TIMES AND NOW GOOD TIMES WE WANT THEM TO SHARE THE PROFITS. THAT IS ALL. SIMPLE AS THAT. REPORTER: NO WORD ON HOW LONG THIS WALK OUT MIGHT LAST BUT WE DID TALK TO A MOTHER WHO TELLS US SHE WANTS TO GET OFF THE PICKET LINE AND BACK TO WORK. SHE HAS A MESSAGE FOR GENERAL MOTORS. WE HAVE THAT COMING UP ON “EYEWITNESS NEWS” AT 6:00.

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