United Auto Workers union members prepare for General Motors strike in Fort Wayne

Contract talks between the United Auto Workers union and General Motors broke off Sunday and haven't resumed, which means a strike for workers here in Fort Wayne.

Posted: Sep 15, 2019 9:01 PM
Updated: Sep 25, 2019 3:14 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - The end of a national contract between the United Auto Workers union and General Motors is causing workers to walk off the line Sunday at 11:59 p.m.

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"The wages in the last contract where it had to grow into progression, took 8 years to get to full pay, so we're trying to fix that because our own brothers and sisters that we work with on the line building the same product, we don't make the same amount of money on our hourly wage," Holli Murphy, president of UAW Local 2209 said.

The meeting in Detroit consisted of the UAW-GM Subcouncil Leadership.

They went into the meeting Sunday morning and it lasted about an hour.

Things like wages, health care, and the direction of utilizing temporary workers were discussed, but in the end a new contract was not decided upon causing a strike.

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"There will be a lot of anticipation in the plant. People get anxiety attacks about this time. There's a lot of excitement around a strike, especially for someone who's never been in one. It's going to be new for a lot of people," Bargaining chairman for UAW Local 2209 Rich LeTourneau said.

They're ready. They have food, water, and signs for all who walk out.

"We've got the schedules made up for the next 7 days, kitchen staff, community support, organized labor is behind us," Murphy explained.

UAW Local 2209 has been preparing for this for weeks and starting Sunday night, they will have 100 workers per strike shift.

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