General Motors workers hit picket line after new contract talks fail

The company reportedly turned a $8.1 billion profit last year and workers who took concessions before the 2009 government bailout want fair wages and benefits at affordable prices.
1:53 | 09/17/19

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Transcript for General Motors workers hit picket line after new contract talks fail
We have new reporting this evening on the massive strike at general motors. Nearly 50,000 united auto workers have now walked off the job. Workers argue they helped save the company nearly a decade ago and that they deserved a share in the new success. And tonight, the rare move from GM, going public with their ABC's Alex Perez from Detroit. No contracts, no cars. Reporter: Tonight, general motors factory workers off the job and on the picket line after the two sides failed to strike a deal on a new contract. GM turning an $8.1 billion profit last year. Workers who took concessions before the 2009 government bailout now want to see some of those profits. We made some sacrifices, and now that times are good, they need to come up and give us fair wages, fair benefits at affordable prices and that's all we're asking, really. Reporter: GM making the unusual decision to reveal the offer it made to the union. Inside that offer is over $7 billion in investment in plants and new product programs. That also impacts 5,400 jobs. Reporter: The offer rejected. Tonight, the president says he wants to see a deal. I'm sad to see the strike, hopefully it's going to be a quick one. Reporter: The stalemate comes as union leadership is under last week, one official arrested, accused of conspiring to embezzle more than $1 million in worker dues, allegedly spending it on lavish dinners and expensive champagne. And Alex, we know both sides were back at the bargaining table today? Reporter: Yes, David. They were at the bargaining table all day today, but union officials tell me, at this point, they are nowhere near reaching a deal. One thing they would like to see, jobs that we moved to Mexico brought back to the U.S. David? Alex Perez in Detroit tonight. Thank you.

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