The United Car Workers Union (UAW) has launched the first strike of the General Motors Group since 2007, involving about 48,000 employees, due to delays in contract negotiations, CNBC reports.
"We do not treat it easily. It is our last resort," Terry Dittes, UAW vice president of relations with GM, said at a news conference in Detroit, the source said.
GM announced that the UAW's offer during the negotiations includes investments of more than $ 7 billion, 5,400 new jobs, salary increases and other benefits.
The strike could affect the US economy. Prolonged protests will also cause difficulties for GM employees over lower revenues during protests. GM employees last strike was in 2007 during contract negotiations and lasted for two days. The second strike occurred in 1998 in Flint, Michigan, lasting 54 days and costing GM more than $ 2 billion.
The union tried to force GM not to close assembly plants in Ohio and Michigan, and argued that workers deserve higher wages after GM's record earnings in North America for years.
GM argues that the closure of factories is a necessary response to market changes and that the wages and benefits of the UAW are expensive compared to non-union factories in the southern United States.
The automaker said the union's offer includes assembly plant solutions in Ohio and Michigan.
A person close to the situation said the offer could include the production of an electric vehicle in Detroit. In addition, the Lordstown, Ohio plant could be converted into an electric vehicle battery factory or sold to a Workhorse Group-based electric vehicle startup group.
The new battery factory could give some of the workers represented by the UAW in Lordstown a chance to stay at GM.
The closure of the Lordstown plant has attracted sharp criticism, including from President Donald Trump. Ohio is a state of great importance to Trump's 2020 re-election campaign.
General Motors owns 12 assembly plants, 12 engine and train factories and several other stamping factories and other units.
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