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UAW strike day 9: Nearly 50,000 workers off the job at GM, negotiations continue

Posted at 1:43 PM, Sep 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-24 13:43:48-04

The UAW strike has stretched to day 9.

And with nearly 50,000 workers off the job at General Motors, thousands more could soon feel that ripple effect.

The workers out in Orion Township are picketing 8 hours a day... 40 a week, a heavier load than some of the larger plants.

And while they’ve been offered a signing bonus to come back to work, they’re holding out as both sides start to feel the financial pains of a strike.

The picketers out at Orion Assembly know that a long strike could be hard, but neither side seems ready to buckle.

This as Wall Street analysts say: a long layoff… would be hard for GM noting they went into this expecting it to last, but can only prepare so much.

Workers are doubling down. Outside the Detroit-Hamtramck plant, they’ve rolled in a float — a fat cat strangling the worker on display for all to see.

They explain that their negotiators are pushing hard to get rid of workers getting half the pay for the same amount of work.