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Auto Union Members’ Strike Against General Motors Rolls Into Second Week

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A strike by 49,000 members of the United Auto Workers union against General Motors continues for the second week, and it’s unclear when it will come to a stop.

The strike entered its eighth day Monday despite weekend-long bargaining discussions that reached no conclusion, according to The Associated Press. Members of the United Auto Workers union demand fair wages, job security, and affordable health care from General Motors after the UAW’s contract with GM expired Sept. 16.

Members of the United Auto Workers (UAW) who are employed at the General Motors Co. Flint Assembly plant in Flint, Michigan, hold signs and cheer as workers drive out of the plant as they go on strike early on September 16, 2019. - The United Auto Workers union began a nationwide strike against General Motors on September 16, with some 46,000 members walking off the job after contract talks hit an impasse. (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY / AFP) (Photo credit should read JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

Members of the United Auto Workers (UAW) who are employed at the General Motors Co. Flint Assembly plant in Flint, Michigan, hold signs and cheer as workers drive out of the plant as they go on strike early on September 16, 2019. (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY / AFP)

Entry-level assembly workers are paid about $20 an hour, but the union members demand that number increase to $30 within the next three to four years, as opposed to eight years it usually takes for a raise. (RELATED: Auto Workers Strike Against GM Comes As Union Leaders Face Corruption Investigation)

The strike has led GM to close two Canadian factories and could cause GM to close down more in Mexico and Canada if the strike continues longer, the AP reported.

Consumers and workers will begin to see changes within the coming week — there are expected to be fewer cars on dealers’ lots, and workers will begin to feel the stress of living off their $250-per-week strike pay checks, according to the AP.

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