MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com)– Employees at the General Motors facility in Memphis are anxious to get backto work after striking for more than a week.
Nearly 150 employees are still on strikeoutside the GM Customer Care & Aftersales facility, which is responsiblefor shipping auto parts, while leaders with United Automobile Workers try tostrike a new contract deal with the auto giant.
After the previous union contract expired,nearly 50,000 employees across the country went on strike one week ago on a Sundaynight a minute before midnight.
UAW is looking to get employees a biggerslice of the profits, establish a permanent pathway for temporary workers, andensure no facilities close due to shipping jobs overseas.
Since the start of the strike, Memphisworkers have taken turns picketing in shifts to maintain a 24/7 presenceoutside the facility. Employees are only making $250/week from union benefitsduring the strike.
Production at the Memphis facility has likelyslowed down significantly. UAW said their union members account for themajority of its employees.
The strike is the longest against GM since2007. That lasted under three days.
Workers said they haven’t yet heard anythingthat makes them believe an end is in sight.