WHITE MARSH, MD—As the United Automobile Workers’ strike against General Motors entered its twelfth day, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski visited striking workers in White Marsh on Friday.
This week, 49,000 auto workers are walking the picket lines at General Motors factories across the U.S. in the biggest private sector strike in more than a decade.
Production has stopped at 55 factories and parts centers. According to various analysts, the strike could cost GM $50 million to $100 million per day in profits. Before the strike, the company was expected to make $3.5 billion in this quarter alone.
“We’re not accepting concessions from a company posting billions of dollars of profit,” said Shawn Edwards, a worker at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant.
Thus far, GM and UAW have failed to agree on increasing employee wages and reopening idled plants such as the one located in White Marsh.
Back in November, General Motors placed the White Marsh facility into “unallocated” status, meaning no products would be manufactured at those plants.
On Friday, County Executive Olszewski paid a visit to the striking workers in White Marsh.
“We’re standing in solidarity today with our brothers and sisters at the UAW who are out here striking for fair wages and for fair health care benefits and to open up idle factories and shops like the one here in White Marsh,” said Olszewski.
General Motors has offered new positions at plants in seven different states for UAW workers willing to relocate.
“We stood up for General Motors when they needed us most,” union Vice President Terry Dittes said in a statement. “Now we are standing together in unity and solidarity for our members.”
GM Strike in White Marsh https://t.co/fihWtOcpKn
— County Executive Johnny Olszewski (@BaltCoExec) September 27, 2019
We stood up for General Motors when they needed us most. Now we are standing together in unity and solidarity for our members and for a defined pathway to permanent seniority for temps. #StandWithUS pic.twitter.com/e868pjDsBQ
— UAW (@UAW) September 20, 2019