The United Auto Workers strike against General Motors is about to enter it The third week, when you switch to employees can start collecting $ 250 a week in strike pay.
But the end of the strike does not seem clearer than when it began on September 15 after both sides failed to reach a new employment agreement. Monday marks the 15th strike day, as workers will have access to strike money that breaks down to $ 50 per week day. That comes to $ 6.25 an hour, below the federal $ 7.25 minimum wage.
Sunday will be the strike's second "Solidarity Sunday", where the public is asked to join fence lines. Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson will visit GM's Warren Transmission facility at noon on Sunday, The Detroit News reports. UAW joined her in April 2018.
Conversations between GM and UAW proceeded to the "Main Table" session during the week. GM said yes to Thursday, which was seen as a signal that the strike could end. But after several rounds of talks between UAW and GM that sometimes lasted as late as 2 p.m., the strike is still on, The Detroit News reported.
What are the main points of the battle? Conditions for temporary workers are a point of departure for UAW. UAW also wants GM to continue to pay a large portion of workers' health care costs and change the profit-sharing formula.
Temp workers are union members who do the same work as regular employees, but they receive half the salary and far fewer benefits.
The union wants these workers to find a way to be permanent and get wages and benefits that more closely match their regular counterparts, even when they are temporary.  GM counters like hiring temporary workers are good for permanent employees because they allow full-time employees to take time off. Hiring temporary workers also gives the company the flexibility to scale up production for new models and combat employee absenteeism.
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