Tag: Strikes

In a Strong Economy, Why Are So Many Workers on Strike?

At first glance, it may seem like a paradox: Even as the economy rides a 10-year winning streak, tens of thousands of workers across the country, from General Motors employees to teachers in Chicago, are striking to win better wages and benefits. But, according to those on strike, the strong growth is precisely the point. […]

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G.M. Workers Begin to Size Up the Deal Their Union Is Selling

The tentative contract hammered out by the United Automobile Workers and General Motors won’t please all of the union’s members, but it is sure to get strong support at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant. The factory, which employs 700 U.A.W. members, is scheduled to close in January. But under the contract, G.M. has promised to spend […]

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Teachers’ Strike Tests Chicago Mayor on the Issues She Ran On

CHICAGO — Lori Lightfoot swept into office as Chicago’s mayor this year promising to end inequities that have long divided the city. She would invest in struggling neighborhoods, she pledged, and put badly needed librarians, nurses and social workers in schools. Six months later, the mayor has found herself in a thorny spot: facing off […]

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Union Says G.M. Strike Will Go On Until Workers Vote on Deal

DETROIT — Leaders of union locals voted Thursday to approve a tentative contract agreement with General Motors, but said a strike against the automaker would continue until workers voted to ratify the deal. After a lengthy meeting in Detroit, the group said voting by the 49,000 members of the United Automobile Workers at G.M. plants […]

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The G.M. Strike Was the Best and the Worst of the Labor Movement

United Automobile Workers leaders voted Thursday on a tentative agreement to end a monthlong walkout by 50,000 workers at General Motors over wages, health insurance premiums and the use of temporary and “tiered” contracts. The accord includes raises and a large ratification bonus and gives temps a path to permanent status — but it also […]

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G.M. Deal Saves One Plant, Union Says, but 3 Others Stay Shut

DETROIT — General Motors has agreed to continue production at a Detroit plant it had planned to shut down, but will not resume operations at three others recently idled, the United Automobile Workers union said Thursday in announcing the terms of a tentative contract agreement. The details were released as leaders of the union’s G.M. […]

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Chicago Teachers’ Strike: Citywide Scramble Begins as Classes Come to Halt

CHICAGO — Tens of thousands of public school teachers took to picket lines on Thursday morning as a strike in the nation’s third-largest school district canceled classes across the city, sent parents racing to find child care and left Chicago’s new mayor, Lori Lightfoot, grappling with her most significant crisis to date. City officials said […]

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Is the G.M. Strike Over? 5 Key Questions, Answered

After a monthlong strike that has idled General Motors plants across the Midwest and South, union leaders will gather on Thursday in Detroit to consider a deal that could send the picketing autoworkers back to the assembly lines. The details of the tentative agreement have not been announced, but the union, the United Automobile Workers, […]

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Chicago Schools Cancel Classes as Teachers Announce Strike

CHICAGO — Teachers in Chicago announced Wednesday evening that they would go on strike, forcing the cancellation of classes for more than 300,000 public school students in the nation’s third-largest district starting Thursday. The strike threatened to upend life in the city, as parents raced to make arrangements for child care and as city officials […]

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Chicago Schools Cancel Classes as Teachers Prepare to Strike

CHICAGO — As teachers in the Chicago public school system, the nation’s third-largest, edged closer to a strike on Wednesday, officials said they would cancel Thursday classes for about 300,000 students across the city. The growing prospect of a strike threatened to upend life in the city, as parents raced to make arrangements for child […]

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U.A.W. Announces Tentative Contract Deal with G.M.

The United Automobile Workers union announced Wednesday that it had reached a tentative agreement with General Motors on a new labor contract that could end a monthlong strike that has idled G.M. plants across the Midwest and South. Details of the contract terms were not released, although the union said it had “achieved major wins.” […]

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G.M. Chief Meets With Union Officials for First Time in Strike

There were smiles and handshakes between union leaders and the General Motors chief executive, Mary T. Barra, when contract talks started in July. On Wednesday, with talks stalled and G.M. plants idled for more than three weeks by a nationwide strike, Ms. Barra sat down with the union again. At G.M.’s initiative, Ms. Barra met […]

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The Radical Guidebook Embraced by Google Workers and Uber Drivers

Just before 20,000 Google employees left their desks last fall to protest the company’s handling of sexual harassment, a debate broke out among the hundreds of workers involved in formulating a list of demands. Some workers argued that they could win fairer pay policies and a full accounting of harassment claims by filing lawsuits or […]

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G.M. Strike’s Economic Toll: Idle Trucks, Packed Warehouses

The truck drivers at Phoenix Transit & Logistics in Dearborn, Mich., are long gone. Around three dozen of the trailers they once ferried between auto plants — packed with dashboards, engine components, lights and other parts for General Motors — are sitting in a lot with nowhere to go. It’s an increasingly familiar scene as […]

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Talks to End G.M. Strike Take ‘Turn for the Worse,’ U.A.W. Says

General Motors and the striking United Auto Workers hit an impasse in contract talks on Sunday over the question of moving production from Mexico to plants in the United States, two people close to the talks said. The union, which has been on strike since Sept. 16, has pressed G.M. to shift production of some […]

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The Upheaval in the American Workplace

BEATEN DOWN, WORKED UPBy Steven Greenhouse There’s an enormous upheaval in the American workplace right now, and those who tell you they know how the next decade will pan out — for good or ill — don’t know their history. That’s one of the main lessons of “Beaten Down, Worked Up,” the engrossing, character-driven, panoramic […]

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U.A.W. Exchanges Proposals With G.M. but Says a Gulf Remains

The United Auto Workers reported Tuesday that it had exchanged contract proposals with General Motors, but said many issues remained unresolved in talks that would end the strike that has shut down 34 factories in the United States for more than two weeks. The fact that the union and the company were exchanging full contract […]

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How Strikes Changed the Auto Industry

Walkouts and sit-ins by the United Automobile Workers over the decades helped secure contracts that lifted members into the middle class. ImageThe sit-down strike of 1936-37 forced General Motors to recognize the United Automobile Workers union. These workers occupied G.M.’s Fisher Body plant in Flint, Mich.CreditUnited Press International By André Beganski Sept. 26, 2019 After […]

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G.M. Restores Workers’ Health Coverage as Strike Continues

General Motors said Thursday that it would continue health care coverage for striking workers, reversing an earlier decision, as the company and the United Auto Workers union negotiated a new labor contract. The company said last week that it would cease payments providing coverage at the end of September, prompting the union to scramble to […]

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Lordstown Plant Is Idle, but It Hovers Over G.M. Strike Talks

In its negotiations with the striking United Auto Workers union, General Motors has put a seemingly tantalizing offer on the table: It has proposed building a new plant in Ohio to produce batteries for some of the one million electric cars it hopes to sell globally by 2026. The plant would be near the Lordstown […]

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