Kalea Hall and Breana Noble The Detroit News Published 4:21 PM EDT Oct 12, 2019 The United Auto Workers’ executive board on Saturday voted to move up a 10% increase to striking members’ pay by more than two months. The increase to $275 per week would begin for the next pay period starting Sunday. Some 46,000 hourly General Motors Co. employees will have been on strike for four weeks living off $250 per week each from the union’s $721 million strike fund. Top-paid production employees earn around $1,220 for a 40-hour week. Strike pay was scheduled to increase by $25 per week starting Jan. 1. “UAW members and their families are sacrificing for all of us,” UAW President Gary Jones said in a statement Sunday. “We are all standing together for our future. This action reflects the UAW commitment and solidarity to all of our members and their families who are taking a courageous stand together to protect our middle-class way of life.” GM declined to comment. The pay increase also will lift a restriction on other part-time earnings picketers at GM and Aramark Corp., a janitorial services company whose UAW-represented employees also are on strike, can collect. Before, members couldn’t earn $250 or more per… Read full this story
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