GM workers are receiving a strike benefits increase as they enter their fourth week off the job.
“As the United Auto Workers union strike against General Motors reached the end of its fourth week Sunday, the union moved to raise the level of financial support for nearly 50,000 GM workers who walked off the job.
The union has been paying $250 a week in strike benefits for three weeks. It announced Sunday it was raising the benefit to $275 a week. And for strikers at GM and Aramark, an outside contractor providing maintenance services at GM plants whose hourly employees are also striking members of the UAW, the union lifted a cap on the money they could earn from outside jobs and still get the full benefit.
Typically, once a worker on strike reaches the same level of outside pay as their strike benefit, each additional dollar of pay reduces the strike benefit by a dollar. In other words, if a striker was making $260 a week in a second job, he or she would have had strike benefits of $240 rather than $250 a week under the previous terms.
Strike benefits and most second jobs still only cover a fraction of normal GM wages. The average pay for a veteran GM hourly worker is more than $30 an hour.
The strike began September 16, with GM workers walking out over pay, profit sharing, job security and GM’s use of temporary workers.
The union announced late Friday it had presented a new comprehensive offer to management, and the two sides have spent the weekend holding follow-up negotiations. But there was no immediate word of a deal by mid-afternoon Sunday.”
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