"It really is about the elephant in the room, which is GM's continued support of their Mexican operations at the chagrin of the Canadian and USA operations", Dias said, adding it's "too tough to tell" when the strike will end. Two transmission plants in Baltimore and Warren, Mich. also are scheduled to be closed. That trend could accelerate, said Krebs, noting that there are "a lot of choice in the almost new market" for motorists to fall back on. "As of now, it's not an option", he said. The two sides did not formally meet Sunday after the union declared its intention to strike at a morning press conference, although union spokesman Brian Rothenberg said that the dialogue between the two sides was ongoing.
Union members on strike get $250 a week in strike pay instead of their regular earnings, and stand to lose more on annual profit-sharing checks.
"Although Magna supplies GM on a number of programs globally, it would be premature to comment on the potential impact to our operations right now", Worden said.
More than 49,000 members of the United Auto Workers went on strike Monday against the vehicle giant due to a dispute over a new four-year contract, bringing more than 50 factories and parts warehouses to a standstill. "It's going over the head of the UAW leadership and seeking to address the members and the public more generally". The offer included $8,000 signing bonuses, annual bonuses for workers and health care that would remain largely the same as before.
The talks this year have been overshadowed by a growing federal corruption probe that snared a top union official on Thursday. "Hopefully, they're going to work it out quickly and solidly".
"We're passionate about what we're doing", Matthew Coleman said.
One local restaurant is showing support for the employees on strike with a special delivery. "We don't have any other choice". "They're seniority employees. Their lives have been destroyed".
"After a day or so companies are going to have to adjust their operational plans", Volpe said in an interview.
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It wasn't clear how long the walkout would last, with the union saying GM has budged little in months of talks while GM said it made substantial offers including higher wages and factory investments.
General Motors employees Bobby Caughel, left, and Flint resident James Crump shout out as they protest with other GM employees, United Auto Workers members and labor supporters outside of the Flint Assembly Plant on Monday in Flint, Mich. Thousands of members of the United Auto Workers walked off General Motors factory floors or set up picket lines early Monday as contract talks with the company deteriorated into a strike.
The United Auto Workers strike against General Motors on Monday already stretched longer than the last strike against America's largest automaker. We are standing up for our share of the profits.
"We do not take this lightly".
"It does give me hope but for them to say that they are not budging on different issues, these are important to us and things that we are willing to strike for", said one worker. "We are committed to a strong contract at GM that recognizes our UAW members, who make some of the greatest products in the world and make GM so profitable".
UAW Vice President Terry Dittes notified GM Saturday it would not extend the collective bargaining agreement.
The union and GM have been negotiating a new contract for months, and on September 3, the UAW selected GM as the strike target, meaning they would be the first of the "Big Three" to begin negotiating.
Local 4 and ClickOnDetroit will be following this developing story.