United Auto Workers members will begin a strike Sunday night after the union and General Motors failed to reach a new labor agreement ahead of Sunday’s midnight deadline, UAW vice president Terry Dittes said.
Around 850 janitors, who are employed by Aramark but represented by the UAW, have already walked off the job at eight GM plants in Michigan and Ohio. The UAW told GM autoworkers to report to work on Sunday in spite of the Aramark strike. But after a 10 a.m. meeting, the decision to strike was announced.
“While we are fighting for better wages, affordable quality health care, and job security, GM refuses to put hard working Americans ahead of their record profits of $35 billion in North America over the last three years. We are united in our efforts to get an agreement our members and their families deserve.” GM said they are prepared to “negotiate around-the-clock” until a tentative labor agreement is reached.