UAW calls national strike against GM

Reuters
UAW calls national strike against GM

The United Auto Workers said on Sunday that its roughly 48,000 hourly workers at General Motors facilities would go on strike as of midnight Sunday after U.S. labor contract talks reached an impasse, the first nationwide strike at GM in 12 years. "We do not take this lightly," Terry Dittes, the UAW vice president in charge of the union's relationship with GM, said at a press conference in downtown Detroit. GM said in a statement that its offer to the UAW during talks included more than $7 billion in new investments, 5,400 jobs — a majority of which would be new — pay increases, improved benefits and a contract ratification bonus of $8,000.