Roughly 3,900 union members, from Local 602 and Local 652 are employed at General Motors' Lansing Delta Township Plant. That number includes temporary employees too.
Shortly after 11 a.m. Monday, a long stream of vehicles exited the plant. People parked off property and walked in to picket near both the north and south entrances. They held signs saying "UAW on Strike" and shouted words of encouragement.
"No one wanted this, but no one wants to retire without healthcare either," says Russell Beals. This contract especially important for him, he retires in three years.
This strike may not be solely about healthcare benefits, but the workers are still worried. "We just want to make sure we are covered down the road so, if something happens, I have healthcare," says Gary Simpson, UAW Local 652.
"My wife has had cancer. We need this healthcare," says Art Stewart, UAW Local 652.
Workers, now on strike, will spend six hour shifts walking the picket line until a settlement is reached.
The Saturn Outlook, Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia are made at the Lansing Delta Township Plant.