UAW Strike Estimated to Hit 100,000 Other Workers Laid Off or Losing Pay

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United Auto Workers members on strike picket outside General Motors’ Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant on September 25, 2019 in Detroit. Michael Wayland / CNBC

Reprinted from The Detroit Free Press by on October 8, 2019.

A new analysis estimates that as many as 100,000 workers — beyond the roughly 46,000 UAW strikers — have been laid off, face pay reductions or have otherwise been hurt by the lengthening strike against General Motors.

The East Lansing-based Anderson Economic Group estimated Tuesday that 25,000 salaried GM workers have seen their wages affected. In addition, another 75,000 employees of auto parts suppliers have either been temporarily laid off or had their wages reduced since GM assembly plants were not taking their parts or services, AEG estimated in its new analysis.

“What started as a concentrated event affecting a select group of workers has now ballooned in scope,” said Brian Peterson, AEG’s director of public policy and economic analysis. …

Detroit Free Press 10/8

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