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No Deal: Auto workers strike against GM in contract dispute

No Deal: Auto workers strike against GM in contract dispute


THIS MORNING.. NEARLY 50- THOUSAND EMPLOYEES ARE ON STRIKE AT 55 DIFFERENT GENERAL MOTORS FACILITIES ACROSS THE NATION.. BLAKE: UNITED AUTOMOBILE WORKER MEMBERS IN SPRING HILL – STARTING THEIR STRIKE AROUND MIDNIGHT.. TEARSA: THIS COMES AFTER THE UNITED AUTO WORKERS UNION CAME TO AN IMPASSE WITH THE AUTOMAKER – ABOUT MOVING EMPLOYEES.. WORK CONDITIONS.. AND PAY. NOW THEY PLAN ON SHUTTING DOWN PRODUCTION UNTIL AN AGREEMENT IS REACHED. THE STRIKE WILL IMPACT NEARLY THREE THOUSAND WORKERS RIGHT HERE IN TENNESSEE. NOW – W-K-R-N REPORTER KELLY DEAN IS FINDING OUT WHAT THE PEOPLE THERE HAD TO SAY ABOUT THE SITUATION. TED KRUMM, HEAD OF THE UNION’S BARGAINING COMMITTEE “THIS STRIKE IS ABOUT US, IT’S ABOUT STANDING UP FOR FAIR WAGES, FOR AFFORDABLE QUALITY HEALTH CARE, FOR OUR SHARE OF PROFITS AND FOR OUR JOB SECURITY.” THIS STRIKE IMPACTS THE 48 THOUSAND WORKERS — 3 THOUSAND OF THOSE THE WITH SPRING HILL GM PLANT. 165337 JAMIE PAGE, DIR. OF COMM., CITY OF SPRING HILL “THE GM MANUFACTURING PLANT IS CERTAINLY IMPORTANT TO SPRING HILL BECAUSE THEY’RE GREAT COMMUNITY PARTNERS AND THEY CERTAINLY MEAN A LOT TO OUR LOCAL ECONOMY” OPENING IN 1990, THE GM PLANT IN SPRING HILL HAS NO DOUBT CONTRIBUTED TO THE CITY’S GROWTH. 155539 JAMES HUGHES, SPRING HILL RESIDENT “I REMEMBER WHEN THEY USED TO TURN THE LIGHTS OFF, THE RED LIGHTS OFF AT 9 O CLOCK, AIN’T LIKE THAT NOW,” A CITY THAT’S SEEN GROWTH IN POPULATION NAT CAR AND ALSO A TREMENDOUS ECONOMICAL IMPACT …DUE TO THE PLANT. 165339 JAMIE PAGE “A MUCH MORE DIVERSE ECONOMY NOW THAN IT DID NO SO LONG AGO” THE WEBSITE FOR SPRING HILL’S UAW LOCAL 1853 IS NOW HOME TO DOCUMENTS OF STRIKE DIRECTIONS AND INFORMATION. THE LAST STRIKE IN 2007 LASTED TWO DAYS — WHICH COST THE AUTOMAKER AN ESTIMATED 300 MILLION DOLLARS A DAY. 165350 JAMIE PAGE “NOW IT HAS A BIG IMPACT, WE HOPE THEY’RE ABLE TO COME TO AN AGREEMENT AND WORK THINGS OUT,” GM RELEASED A STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO THE NATIONWIDE STRIKE .. SAYING “WE PRESENTED A STRONG OFFER THAT IMPROVES WAGES, BENEFITS AND GROWS U.S. JOBS IN SUBSTANTIVE WAYS AND IT IS DISAPPOINTING THAT THE UAW LEADERSHIP HAS CHOSEN TO STRIKE AT MIDNIGHT — THEY ADDED “OUR GOAL REMAINS TO BUILD A STRONG FUTURE FOR OUR EMPLOYEES AND OUR BUSINESS.” TEARSA: THANKS, KELLY. WORKERS IN SPRING HILL SAY THEY WILL BE STRIKING AT FOUR DIFFERENT LOCATIONS OUTSIDE OF THE PLANT.. AND AT THE UNION HALL. BLAKE: HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THIS STRIKE. IT’S THE FIRST NATIONAL U-A-W STRIKE SINCE 19-82. THE UNION LET THE G-M CONTRACT EXPIRE AT MIDNIGHT SATURDAY.. BUT TOLD AUTOWORKERS WITH SUNDAY SHIFTS TO REPORT. THE UNION REPRESENTS ABOUT 46- THOUSAND G-M AUTOWORKERS NATIONWIDE. TEARSA: PURDUE PHARMA– THE COMPANY THAT MADE BILLIONS SELLING PAINKILLER OXYCONTIN — HAS NOW FILED FOR BANKRUPTCY.

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

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