UAW walks off the job at GM plants

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

General Motors says the United Auto Workers union is on strike against the company.

The word from a GM spokesman comes after the two sides failed to reach a contract agreement by the union's 11 a.m. Eastern time deadline.

Over 73,000 united autoworkers who work for General Motors walked off the job across the country on Monday. Workers are picketing outside of 82 GM facilities nationwide, including one in Warren, Michigan.

The UAW had extended its contract for nine days after it expired on September 14th. Talks stalled yesterday, reportedly over the union's quest to protect jobs by getting GM to agree that new vehicles would be built in U.S. factories.

The UAW hasn't called a nationwide strike during contract negotiations since 1976, when Ford plants were shut down. There were strikes at two GM plants during contract negotiations in 1996.

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