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Bills introduced amid UAW strike

Posted at 12:21 PM, Sep 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-24 12:21:47-04

LANSING, Mich. — The second week of the United Auto Workers strike against General Motors has led to over 1000 additional GM workers being laid off.

The latest cuts include 500 hourly employees in Ohio and about 700 in Canada.

Michigan Democrats have unveiled new legislation meant to build in more benefits for workers.

It would tackle job insecurity, stagnant wages, and rising costs.

The bills would provide workers with protections ensuring they receive every dollar earned as well as support to make that money go farther.

"It's absolutely time in this state and in this country that workers continue to organize and to stand up for their rights," Rep. Christine Greig, House Democratic Leader said. "But they need a legislature that has their back. We need to have these protections in law for our workers."

One of the bills introduced is a temporary worker bill-of-rights that would give temporary workers first crack at permanent positions.

Another would require employers to provide employees with a 30 minute meal period when a shift is longer than 5 hours.

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