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United Auto Workers Strike GM; Talks to Continue

The United Auto Workers union has launched a nationwide strike against General Motors, as union leadership had threatened. Multiple national news outlets, including CNN and the Associated Press, have reported workers leaving GM jobsites and setting up picket lines. In a statement released early on September 24, UAW Vice President Cal Rapson stated, "Unless UAW members hear otherwise between now and the strike deadline, we will be on a national strike against GM at 11:00 a.m. EDT on Monday, September 24th." Upon the start of the strike, GM officials issued a statement expressing disappointment in the strike, but adding, "We are fully committed to working with the UAW to develop solutions together to address the competitive challenges facing General Motors." The New York Times reports that the union has nearly $900 million in a strike fund, which would pay workers $200 per week if they take picket line shifts; by that estimate, the union could endure a two-month strike.

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