LANSING, Mich.—Two Lansing General Motors facilities are among the many auto manufacturing plants on strike as the United Auto Workers (UAW) union entered their second month without a contract.
However, at the Lansing Customer Care and Aftersales (CCA) Redistribution Center, located on West Mt. Hope Road, UAW members and local supporters were optimistic that they could hold out and win what picketers called a “revolutionary contract.” Union members and supporters alike were protesting to advocate for improvements in wages, benefits and hours. They noted the wage increases for Stellantis, GM and Ford CEOs in the last several years as being indicative of the companies’ financial standings and their abilities to increase employee wages. Picketers also called for the end of the tiered wage system, outlined in their previous UAW contract, which implements wage increases based on time at the plant and what type of work is being done.
UAW members’ pay has decreased by 19.3% since 2008, in contrast to the 40% wage increase the “Big Three” CEOs have experienced in the same time period, according to a recent report by the Economic Policy Institute. To combat this, the UAW is demanding a 46% wage increase, a four-day work week, and overtime pay beyond 32 hours.
At the time of publishing, UAW President Shawn Fain has made no indication of the strike nearing an end or a potential contract being reached.