Strike continues, hitting 25th day

Governor Whitmer supports strike between workers and GM/UAW....
Governor Whitmer supports strike between workers and GM/UAW. (Source: (WILX)
Published: Oct. 10, 2019 at 5:43 PM EDT
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In it's fourth week, the strike has hit it's 25th day.

General Motors CEO Mary Barra met with top UAW officials to discuss what can be done to end the strike.

After the hour discussion, bargainers in subcommittees met until about 3 a.m. Thursday morning. This was the first late-night work session since the union went on strike at 12:01 a.m. back on Sept. 16.

The late night is a positive sign, but not assurance that a deal is imminent.

Despite the subcommittee work, top bargainers did not reconvened at the main table Thursday morning.

Job security for union workers is said to be a big sticking point in negotiations.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer said she's concerned about the growing impact of the strike.

GM also shut down V8 engine and continuously variable transmission assembly lines at its Ramos Arizpe plant in Mexico, idling about 415 workers on Monday.

The company also closed two assembly plants in Mexico and Canada due to shortages of parts.

Economists say a recession becomes more possible with each passing day and each missed paycheck for striking GM workers.

"We're starting to see an impact, and we're starting to see that impact ripple through the state's economy," Senior Analyst at Anderson Economic Group Sarah Mixon said.

Experts at Anderson Economic Group estimate union workers have lost a combined $450 million in wages, which could lead many families to cut back their spending.

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