Around 46,000 General Motors employees across the country walked off the job after contract negotiations between the car company and the United Auto Workers union fell apart. It is the first time in 12 years that U.S. auto workers have gone on strike.
Union officials say that the two sides are still far apart on key issues such as wages, health care benefits, and job security. They state that after years of turning a profit, including $11.8 billion in operating profits, the company must share that money with its workers.
GM says their offer included $7 billion in investments that would protect 5,400 union jobs and promised that their new electric truck would be manufactured in the United States.
The last strike in 2007 lasted just three days but previous strikes have dragged on for months.
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