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Thousands of Hoosiers join nationwide GM strike

Posted at 8:05 PM, Sep 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-16 20:05:51-04

KOKOMO — Thousands of Hoosier employees walked out Monday as part of a nationwide strike against General Motors after United Auto Workers representatives were unable to reach an agreement with GM on a new labor contract.

Nearly 50,000 UAW members went on strike, including 7,000 in Indiana.

The strike has shut down 33 manufacturing plants across nine states and 22 parts distribution warehouses.

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

While on strike, workers only earn $250 per week. Union workers said they want a bigger part of the company's record profits, improved health insurance plans and better pension plans.

It is the first time UAW workers have gone on strike against GM since 2007.