Workers at the Langhorne General Motors are out on strike along Cabot Boulevard as they join nearly 50,000 United Auto Workers throughout the country.
International UAW Representative Kieran Martin has been in his position for nine years. He says their demands are straightforward.
“Just fair wages. Benefits are a big issue and temporary employees, among other issues,” Marin explained.
The roughly 60 employees have been on strike in shifts since 11:59 p.m. Sunday. Half a dozen members of the union with “UAW On Strike” signs were out at around 9 a.m.
Martin reports negotiations have already started.
“They are meeting this morning, which is hopefully a good sign. But we’ll see,” Martin said. “They’re probably at the table now, or shortly.”
Talks were scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Monday, according to the Associated Press. These negotiations will impact about 49,200 workers in 33 manufacturing sites and 22 parts warehouses.
General Motors offered $7 billion in investments and 5,400 jobs, according to a press release Sunday evening.
“We presented a strong offer that improves wages, benefits and grows U.S. jobs in substantive ways and it is disappointing that the UAW leadership has chosen to strike at midnight tonight. We have negotiated in good faith and with a sense of urgency. Our goal remains to build a strong future for our employees and our business.”
This is the first UAW strike on General Motors since 2007.