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Nearly 50,000 staff at General Motors plants throughout the country went on strike at midnight Sunday, bringing manufacturing to an immediate halt. It’s the first nationwide work stoppage since 2007 for United Auto Workers, which says it hasn’t been able to agree with administration on key issues like pay raises and limits on using temporary staff. John Yang reports and talks to USA Today’s Nathan Bomey. POLITICO reported Wednesday that the Trump administration is considering transferring ahead on revoking the waiver that enables California to set its own air air pollution standards for autos — even when the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Transportation Department aren’t but ready to chill out the federal air pollution limits.
“Sitting down was a method of making certain the factories wouldn’t function and employees wouldn’t be replaced,” says labor historian Nelson Lichtenstein, a labor historian who directs the Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy at the University of California, Santa Barbara. By 1936, writes historian Stephen W. Sears, it dominated greater than 43 % of the domestic market, and was the nation’s most worthwhile automaker.
Though a lot of the public was against sit-down strikes and thought of labor unionists to be harmful rabble-rousers, GM’s public picture had suffered, too. And labor would never be the identical. Union membership ballooned from 3.four million workers in 1930 to 10 million in 1942, and nearly all of the auto … Read More