It was announced on Saturday that United Auto Workers officials said that they will be increasing strike pay for workers picketing at General Motors as the walkout by more than 49,000 employees is closing in on the full one-month mark.
The union stated over the weekend that that weekly pay will rise to $275 from $250 for members on strike, effective Sunday. The union also voted to allow members to take part-time jobs and continue to receive strike pay, as long as they perform their picket duty. The moves came as UAW and General Motors continued contract talks on Saturday, a day after the union made a counter proposal to management. Both sides discussed the issues that include wages, job security and investment in U.S. plants.
Last week, the union and GM blamed each other for not making more progress toward an agreement on a new contract. Talks reached such a bottle neck of sorts that it led to General Motors CEO Mary Barra to step into the talks, asking the union to wrap up outstanding issues and respond to a company offer made on Monday.
The strike has passed the point where GM can make up lost production, according to industry insiders, as talks between both sides will continue today.
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