United Auto Workers are on strike at 33 General Motors manufacturing plants in nine states, as well as 22 parts distribution warehouses. In total, more than 49,000 UAW members have brought work on the assembly lines to a standstill.
The reason for the Union walkout? As always – corporate greed.
In 2018, GM made $8.1 billion in after-tax profit. In 2017, it was $348 million; 2016 $9.43 billion; 2015 $9.69 billion. And that is after the government bailout. They’re not exactly hurting.
Yet, the company doesn’t want to guarantee its workers a larger slice of the pie. The Union wants annual guaranteed pay raises; GM wants to pay lump sums to employees based on company earnings. The company also wants the workers to pay more in – you guessed it – health insurance premiums. GM has said they want to get their benefit levels more “in line with the mainstream.