Auto Workers Strike Against GM Comes As Union Leaders Face Corruption Investigation

The Daily Caller | 9/16/2019 | Staff
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About 49,000 United Auto Workers (UAW) members walked out against General Motors factories across the country Monday.

The workers are demanding fair wages, job security, affordable health care and other benefits.

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The strike comes as the Justice Department investigates UAW’s leadership for corruption involving more than $1 million.

About 49,000 United Auto Workers members walked out against General Motors factories across the country Monday as the union’s leadership battles corruption allegations.

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UAW’s contract of four years with GM expired Saturday night, and its members from all over the country are demanding fair wages, job security, affordable health care and other benefits, according to a Sunday statement from the labor union.

Pay for entry-level assembly workers starts at around $20 an hour, but union members want that number to increase to $30 in three or four years, TIME magazine reported.

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33 GM plants are closed after more than 49,000 workers went on strike.

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GM said it offered members 5,400 new jobs, $7 billion in investments and wage benefits including better profit-sharing and health care plans, according to a Sunday statement.

“We presented a strong offer that improves wages, benefits and grows U.S. jobs in substantive ways and it is disappointing that the UAW leadership has chosen to strike at midnight tonight,” the car manufacturer said in a statement. “We have negotiated in good faith and with a sense of urgency. Our goal remains to build a strong future for our employees and our business.”

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The strike comes as the Justice Department investigates UAW’s leadership for corruption after the FBI raided the home of UAW President Gary Jones on Aug. 28 and discovered more than $30,000 in cash and an expensive set of golf clubs purchases with union money, according to the Detroit Free Press citing an affidavit written by a Labor Department official.

UAW said in an Aug. 28 statement that...
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