Nearly 50K workers strike against General Motors

The strike by United Auto Workers has shut down 55 plants across the U.S. as workers fight for better wages and benefits and their share of profits.
1:31 | 09/16/19

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Now to that massive walkout. Nearly 50,000 united autoworkers striking against general motors this morning. 55 plants all around the country shut down. Alex Perez is in Detroit where workers have been protesting since early this morning. Good morning, Alex. Reporter: Hey, good morning, robin. The union said there would be a strike if a deal wasn't reached by midnight and that's what happened here. You can see a number of workers already on the picket lines here. The union says they're fighting for better wages, better benefits and their share of profits. General motors says they've made a substantial offer that includes a 5400 new jobs and saving two plants that were slated to be closed but the union says that is simply not enough. They're scheduled to get back to negotiations later today. Let's bring in Rebecca Jarvis for more on this autoworkers strike and tensions in the Middle East. The walkout. A prolonged strike here could really end up hurting both sides. That's right because there are costs on both sides of this, Cecilia. For general motors, this strike costs about $1.3 million every single hour that it takes place. Meantime, the workers who you see walking out on strike are collecting much fewer wages than a typical week. They're now collecting about $250 a week. On average they collect about $1200 a week so you can imagine the pocketbook issues particularly for those workers who are now on strike and waiting for a deal. Those numbers are staggering.

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