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GM workers feeling financial burden after 15 days on strike

Workers on the picket lines are eligible for strike pay, which is $250 a week. The first check is this week.

Posted: Sep 30, 2019 11:01 PM
Updated: Oct 1, 2019 1:06 PM

ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (WFFT) - After being on strike for more than 15 days, UAW members at General Motors' Fort Wayne Assembly are beginning to feel the financial burden.

Workers on the picket lines are eligible for strike pay, which is $250 a week. The first check is this week.

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Allison Alford, who has worked at the Fort Wayne plant for six years, said the strike pay helps, but it doesn't cover what she would be making on the assembly line.

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"Bills keep piling. Money's not coming in. I know a lot of families are having a tough time," Alford said. "From groceries to gas to how far you are wanting to drive to where you want to go, you're going to have to make those cut backs to make it work."

That's why she prepared to go on strike.

Doing things like calling the banks and credit card companies, and stocking up at the store.

"Anything from toilet paper to toothpaste to things we are going to need depending on how long this goes," Alford said.

Alford adds some families might not have been able to prepare as much.

She said despite that, she doesn't want to go back to work until GM and the UAW reach a new contract.

"It's stressful but at the same time, we're all looking at the long run," said Alford. "For things we are fighting for, everyone believes in it."

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