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General Motors Strike Could Cause Problems In Kentucky


For the first time since 1976 the United Auto Workers are on strike.

Despite lengthy talks all weekend, General Motors and the UAW could not come to an agreement.

About 73,000 UAW members walked off the job Monday and hit the picket lines at the nation's largest auto-maker.

Here in Kentucky, the UAW president Ron Gettelfinger says job security is the top unresolved issue and complained about "one-sided negotiations."

That's why he says dozens are now walking the picket line at GM's only plant in Kentucky, the corvette plant in Bowling Green.

Gettelfinger says the workers remain fully committed to coming up with a solution but he says they feel GM is overlooking what the workers need!

More than 900 assembly workers at the General Motors plant in south-central Kentucky picketed Monday. Here in Lexington, dealers say the strike could be a huge problem if it lasts any length of time.

The union says it will return to the bargaining table but workers will remain on the picket line. Experts say GM should be able to weather a short strike but anything beyond a few weeks may make buying a new GM car a challenge.

The strike could be costly for GM. Nine years ago, a 54-day strike at a single plant cost the company nearly three billion dollars.


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