MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – More than 100 Memphis General Motors workers have joined the picket line as the strike for better benefits is still going strong.
Dozen employees were still picketing outside both entrances of the facility Wednesday. This strike is longer than the previous one in 2007, which only lasted two days.
Three days into the walkout, groups are striking in shifts to maintain a 24/7 presence until a deal is reached.
While the strike continues, GM confirmed they cut health care coverage for the union strikers on Tuesday, and now workers will have to apply for care with the union until it ends.
The Memphis UAW employees say they are fighting for fewer temporary employees here and a path for them to become full-time.
“So we hope we can leave a legacy for them and better entitlements in the future,” said Ron Conley, Shop Chairman with the United Auto Workers Union.
They say temp employees often have to work long stretches with no days off.
As long as the strike continues, there’s a cost for all involved. Workers will only get paid $250 a week in strike pay and GM is reportedly losing $50 to $100 million a day.