Nearly 50,000 members of the United Automobile Workers union (U.A.W.) went on strike at General Motors’ factories across the Midwest and South. U.A.W. regional leaders in Detroit voted unanimously to authorize the strike, the union’s first walkout since 2007. The U.A.W. is pushing General Motors to improve wages, re-open idled plants, add jobs at others, and close or narrow the difference in pay rates for new hires and veteran workers. General Motors wants its employees to pay a greater portion of health care costs and to increase work-force productivity and flexibility in factories.
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