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UAW-GM Strike Ends in Deal

Posted on in Labor Policy · American Government

Automotive workers have voted to accept a new four-year contract with GM. This marks the end of 40 days of striking, the longest automotive strike in 50 years. The deal provides raises for full and part-time workers, signing bonuses, and saves one of four automotive plants slated for closing.

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Links

“GM workers ratify contract, ending contentious 40-day strike”
https://upnorthlive.com/news/local/gm-workers-ratify-contract-ending-contentious-40-day-strike

“Strike Over! UAW workers ratify contract with GM. Here’s what’s next.”
https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/general-motors/2019/10/25/gm-uaw-strike-contract-ratification-update/4057059002/

“Local UAW president saddened that new contract leaves GM Lordstown plant behind”
https://www.wkbn.com/news/local-news/local-uaw-president-saddened-that-new-contract-leaves-gm-lordstown-plant-behind/

“With GM contract set, UAW takes its fight to Ford and Fiat Chrysler”
https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/26/with-gm-contract-set-uaw-takes-its-fight-to-ford-and-fiat-chrysler.html

“Payne: UAW-GM fight exposes fears of an EV future”
https://www.detroitnews.com/story/opinion/columnists/henry-payne/2019/10/25/payne-uaw-gm-fight-exposes-fears-ev-future/4078212002/

“GM could never offer strikers everything they wanted. Here’s why”
https://www.wnem.com/news/gm-could-never-offer-strikers-everything-they-wanted-here-s/article_29e89cfe-f855-11e9-a919-ab3dc8566d4c.html

“Detroit’s gamble on the future”
https://www.axios.com/detroit-general-motors-autoworkers-4cb48196-2c71-460d-8043-4a150c7f2559.html

Assessment

  • Writing: Describe the historic struggle of labor organizing in the United States. How does this recent movement fit into the broader historic struggle?
  • Debate: The union workers did more harm than good by participating in this extended protest movement.
  • Poll: Which party came out on top, the union workers or the GM executives?
  • Short Answer: What does this resolution mean for workers in other industries throughout the United States?

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