United Auto Workers International Union, Local 602, 31
Lansing, Mich.; Kansas City, Mo.
Number of Workers Striking:
4/17/08 - 5/16/08 & 5/5/08 -5/21/08
Total Days Idle:
Two sets of workers for General Motors went on strike in 2008. When you consider the aforementioned American Axle strike, and GM’s considerable financial challenges, it’s a bit of an understatement to say that 2008 was a challenging year for the automaker, which has since declared bankruptcy.
According to Workers.org
, however, these strikes represented a real victory for GM employees. “Like members of four United Auto Workers locals at American Axle plants, Local 602 and Local 31... were forced to go on strike this spring. Unlike the American Axle workers…both UAW locals won better contracts for their sacrifices. The 2,300 workers in Local 602, who build SUVs for General Motors, went on strike April 17 and reached an agreement May 15 that restricts subcontracting of skilled trades and provides a say in job organization. The 1,800 workers in Local 31, who went on strike May 5 and went back to work on May 22, were able to stop GM from suspending seniority rules for various job assignments and won better terms for overtime and job classifications.” Photo Credit: mrkumm