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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  • by Lisa Location: Stanford on Sep 25, 2007 at 03:22 AM
    I have worked for two unions in my lifetime. Funny, neither one of those companies still exist. If a person has a decent job in this day and age they need to be thankful. Go to work, do your job, and realize that no union can guarantee job security in this day and age.
  • by Tim Location: Lexington on Sep 24, 2007 at 10:35 PM
    Here's what really bothers me, alot of these people are making great salaries. In defense of the employees I agree that some changes need to be made, but in defense of GM this problem could be easily eliminated. I have noticed that alot of employees at another Kentucky "automobile manufacturer" seem to be abundently staffed with temp workers who are making around $9.00 an hour insted of $32.00. With this said, this company is union free and outdoing most american car companies. Unions were great in the early 20th century because they ensured fair and humane working conditions and were not about how much you could bilk your employer out of. Here's my view if i was dealing with a union. One of the two will have to give in, how long can you go without a job, or how long can GM go losing $250,000,000 a day? Be thankful you have a job.
  • by Steve Location: KY. on Sep 24, 2007 at 07:19 PM
    What are these workers hourly wage? Why are they striking? Anyone?
  • by steve Location: irvine on Sep 24, 2007 at 04:19 PM
    GMS problem is union thugs get rid of them problem solved.Like all the other car companys they should be happy they get paid bookoo bucks gees.

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