UAW Strike

Alec Gerstenberger / WKAR-MSU

Vote totals are beginning to trickle in from United Auto Workers union locals around the country on day 38 of a strike against General Motors. Some locals have strongly voted to ratify the four-year contract, but it also has been rejected elsewhere.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl talked via Skype with Michael Martinez of Automotive News about the early vote tally. Below are highlights of their conversation.


UAW picket line photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR/MSU

United Auto Workers Union members are starting to consider the details of the tentative agreement reached with General Motors on Thursday.

The UAW strike against GM is nearing the end of its fifth week, and workers will continue to picket while a ratification vote is conducted.


General Motors
WKAR file photo / WKAR-MSU

Details have emerged about the tentative four-year contract between the United Auto Workers Union and General Motors.

There's no word yet from today’s meeting of the union’s national council about possibly recommending approval.

UAW Local 602 photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR/MSU

General Motors and the United Auto Workers Union have reached a tentative agreement on a four-year contract.


With the UAW strike against General Motors in its fourth week, the automaker is losing millions of dollars. So are the businesses that supply GM. Many of their workers have also been out of work for four weeks, but unlike the striking UAW workers, their plight is much less visible.

Lansing, Mich., has nine regional GM suppliers. These are companies that do everything from producing ads to making parts for GM's cars and trucks. Altogether, that's more than 6,000 jobs. Supplier jobs in Lansing outnumber GM jobs.

United Auto Workers strike outside of the Lansing Grand River assembly plant earlier this week. This is the largest strike against GM since 2007.
Alec Gerstenberger, WKAR

While an auto workers strike against General Motors continues in its 18th day, a top union bargainer reported that talks with Ford are going well.

A United Auto Worker strikes outside of the Lansing Grand River assembly plant in the first week of the strike. The strike is now three weeks old and some analysts predict supplier wage losses are outpacing UAW wage losses.
Alec Gerstenberger, WKAR

The United Auto Workers strike against General Motors entered its third week Monday.  It’s estimated that GM has lost more than $135 million over the course of the strike. But the businesses that supply GM are also losing millions. WKAR’s politics reporter Abigail Censky spoke with Patrick Anderson, CEO of the Anderson Economic Group, about how much he estimates suppliers are losing. Below are highlights of their conversation.