The third week of the strike at GM is now underway, but negotiations have hit a rough patch.
This latest holdup comes as the newest obstacle to ending the national United Auto Workers (UAW) strike.
Over 50,000 UAW members are currently still on strike. “We have made it clear that there is no job security for us when GM products are made in other countries for the purpose of selling them here in the U.S.A. We believe that the vehicles GM sells here should be built here. We don’t understand GM’s opposition to this proposition,” UAW Vice President Terry Dittes explained to union members in a letter. The ongoing strike is primarily rooted in fears over job security which result from GM’s auto production in foreign countries.
The massive UAW strike began on September 16th over wages, healthcare, and pensions. Several American GM factories have already been closed down over a lack of profitability. The auto manufacturer has reportedly lost $1 billion so far.
The UAW reported on Sunday that talks had “taken a turn for the worse” as GM rejected the union’s most recent proposal. The strike has also become the largest work stoppage seen in the US since 2007.