UAW board approves pay increase for striking workers


UAW board approves pay increase for striking workers

The United Auto Workers board voted on Saturday to bump up workers’ strike pay by $25 a week and allow them to take part-time jobs and still qualify for the benefit.

The decision comes as the UAW’s nationwide strike against General Motors is a few days away from its one-month mark.

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Starting on Sunday, workers who perform picket duty will get $275 a week in strike pay. Strike pay was $250 a week and was already set to rise to $275 in 2020.

“UAW members and their families are sacrificing for all of us,” union president Gary Jones said in a statement. “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.”

A member of the United Auto Workers walks the picket line at the General Motors Romulus Powertrain plant in Romulus, Mich., Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

The looser standards will also apply to UAW-represented Aramark janitorial employees who work at GM facilities and walked off the job a day before autoworkers did the same.

Previously, if workers performed outside work earning more than $250 a week, they forfeited the strike pay. Those workers still qualified for specified health care benefits available through the UAW Strike and Defense Fund.

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$250 a week comes to $6.25 an hour, below the federal minimum wage of $7.25.

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