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Thousands of Hoosier workers walk-out as part of nationwide GM strike

Posted at 8:05 AM, Sep 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-16 11:54:01-04

MARION — Thousands of Hoosier workers went on strike Monday morning as part of a nationwide walk-out on General Motors.

The strike comes after union auto workers were unable to reach an agreement on a new labor contract with the company. More than 49,000 UAW members nationwide walked off General Motors factory floors or set up picket lines early Monday, including more than 7,000 right here in Indiana. The strike shut down 33 manufacturing plants in nine states across the United States, and 22 parts distribution warehouses.

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GM plants in Marion, Kokomo, Bedford and Fort Wayne are all being affected by the strike.

While on strike, workers only earn $250 per week.

Union workers say they want a bigger part of the company's record profits, improved health insurance plans and better pension plans. The union says GM has barely budged in months of talks over wages, plant closures and other issues.

Monday's strike is the first one since 2007, when workers walked of the job for two days. The 2007 strike was the first nationwide strike against GM since 1970.

Bargaining is scheduled to resume at 10 a.m. Monday.

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