Union votes to strike at General Motors’ US plants

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September 16, 2019 - 10:01 AM

United Auto Workers members walk off the job and picket at the Chrysler LLC world headquarters after the UAW and Chrysler LLC failed to reach a tentative contract agreement by an 11am UAW strike-imposed deadline October 10, 2007 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. (Bill Pugliano/Getty Images/TNS)

DETROIT (AP) — Roughly 49,000 workers at General Motors plants in the U.S. plan to go on strike just before midnight Sunday, but talks between the United Auto Workers and the automaker will resume.

About 200 plant-level union leaders voted unanimously in favor of a walkout during a meeting Sunday morning in Detroit. Union leaders said the sides were still far apart on several major issues and they apparently weren’t swayed by a GM offer to make new products at or near two of the four plants it had been planning to close, according to someone briefed on the matter.

“We stood up for General Motors when they needed us most,” union Vice President Terry Dittes said in a statement, referring to union concessions that helped GM survive bankruptcy protection in 2009. “Now we are standing together in unity and solidarity for our members.”

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