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GM Custodians Remain on Strike

Union and BSC still at odds over wages and health care

October 11, 2019

After nearly four weeks on the picket line, custodians employed by a building services contractor (BSC) to clean and maintain General Motors Co. (GM) facilities are still without a contract, Michigan Live reports.

About 850 custodians working in GM plants around the country, including more than a dozen facilities in Michigan, went out on strike September 15. They were joined one day later by approximately 46,000 autoworkers who went on strike after stagnating contract negotiations with the automaker.

Both the custodians and the autoworkers are members of the United Auto Workers (UAW) labor union. UAW officials representing the custodians have been unable to reach an agreement with the BSC on key issues such as wages and health care. The custodians, who earn between US$11 and $15.18 an hour, have been working on a contract extension since March 2018.

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