MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Employees at the General Motors facility in Memphis are anxious to get back to work after striking for more than a week.
Nearly 150 employees are still on strike outside the GM Customer Care & Aftersales facility, which is responsible for shipping auto parts, while leaders with United Automobile Workers try to strike 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 Sunday night a minute before midnight.
UAW is looking to get employees a bigger slice of the profits, establish a permanent pathway for temporary workers, and ensure no facilities close due to shipping jobs overseas.
Since the start of the strike, Memphis workers have taken turns picketing in shifts to maintain a 24/7 presence outside the facility. Employees are only making $250/week from union benefits during the strike.
Production at the Memphis facility has likely slowed down significantly. UAW said their union members account for the majority of its employees.
The strike is the longest against GM since 2007. That lasted under three days.
Workers said they haven’t yet heard anything that makes them believe an end is in sight.