By David Barkholz, Crain News Service
DETROIT (Sept. 2, 2015) — Workers represented by the United Auto Workers (UAW) at General Motors Co. plants overwhelmingly authorized union leadership to strike the car maker if the two sides reach an impasse during talks over a new wage and benefit pact.
The more than 50,000 rank-and-file members at GM approved the strike authorization by 97 percent, UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada said Aug. 31.
That was the same percentage that voted in August to authorize a strike at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Ford Motor Co. workers also were to vote on a strike authorization.