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Losses adding up on both sides as UAW's strike of General Motors moves through day 17

Posted: 5:30 PM, Oct 02, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-02 22:47:08-04

(WXYZ) — Both sides seem to be dug in on day 17 of the strike by the United Auto Workers Union against General Motors.

Workers were told yesterday by their union negotiators that major issues remain unresolved including wages, temporary workers, health care and job security. Both sides remain in negotiations exchanging proposals.

Wall Street analyst J. P. Morgan says GM has now lost $1 billion in the strike. And other analysts say those losses will continue to add up.

Kristin Dziczek at the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor estimates the weekly losses will be $450 million a week and that the company will not be able to make up some of those losses when production resumes.

GM has shortages of parts in the supply chain and has been forced to layoff workers outside UAW jobs. The list as of today is:

  • SILAO, MEXICO 6,000 ASSEMBLY AND TRANSMISSION
  • SILAO, MEXICO 450 ENGINE PLANT
  • OSHAWA, ONT 2,000 CAR AND TRUCK ASSEMBLY
  • ST. CATHERINES, ONT 450 ENGINE PLANT
  • MORAINE, OH 525 DMAX ENGINE PLANT

Losses are also adding up for suppliers. According to J. P. Morgan the suppliers with the most percentage of GM business are:

  • AMERICAN AXEL 35%
  • LEAR 18%
  • MAGNA 14%
  • APTIV 14%

On the UAW side, 46,000 striking workers are losing more than $200 million a week and living on $250 a week in union strike pay, about one-fifth of the normal pay for a traditional worker.

Some analysts are predicting it could take the entire month of October to get a tentative agreement between the UAW and GM and have workers ratify it.

So much is at stake for both sides as this next contract covers the next four years.