United Auto Workers strike against GM may be headed to day 8

NEW YORK (AP) — A strike against General Motors by 49,000 auto workers appears headed for an eighth day.

Bargainers were meeting Sunday at GM’s headquarters in Detroit. “They’re still talking,” United Auto Workers union spokesman Brian Rothenberg said.

The workers left their jobs Monday after their four-year contract expired.

They’re seeking a bigger slice of GM’s profits, new products to manufacture plants GM wants to close, a path to permanent jobs for temporary workers and other items.

GM wants to lower labor costs so they’re closer to rates of compensation for workers at U.S. factories owned by foreign automakers. Most UAW production workers make about $30 per hour. GM’s labor cost including benefits is $63 per hour while foreign companies pay about $50, according to industry think tank the Center for Automotive Research.

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