Workers walked off the job and began picketing today outside GM plants after the 11 a.m. UAW strike deadline passed.
The UAW had extended its contract for nine days after it expired on Sept. 14, but the negotiations became bogged down yesterday, apparently over the union's quest to protect jobs by getting GM to guarantee that new vehicles would be built in
The UAW hasn't called a nationwide strike during contract negotiations since 1976, when Ford Motor Co. plants were shut down. There were strikes at two GM plants during contract negotiations in 1996.
Charlie Coppinger, who has worked at GM's powertrain plant in
Coppinger, 51, said he hoped a strike could be settled quickly, but that union members were on the line to back the union and its bargainers.
"We're just here to support them," said Coppinger, who said leaflets were passed out indicating that the strike was on.
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