375,000 American car workers employed by the General Motors Corporation are on strike for more pay and other benefits.
SV Strikers marching at Detroit plant
SV Little boy, son of worker marching
SV Marchers with placards (2 shots)
GV INTERIOR..meeting (2 shots)
CU Leonard Woodcock UAW President (with caption) addressing meeting
SV Meeting continues (3 shots)
CU Earl Bramblett, General Motors (with caption)
SV Strikers leaving work
TRANSCRIPT: "For the past sixty days, UAW negotiators worked in good faith and exerted every effort possible to avoid a strike by reaching agreement on a new national contract by deadline time. It is regrettable that a strike had to be called at midnight tonight against the General Motors Corporation. The company held out no other choice."
"Nobody really wins a strike. Every strike causes hardship, and this one more than most. We're disappointed that we were unable to reach agreement. We tried hard but the demands were just too many and too high. We stand ready to continue negotiations in the hope of an early settlement."
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Background: 375,000 American car workers employed by the General Motors Corporation are on strike for more pay and other benefits. They work in factories in the United States and Canada. The strike began at midnight (September 14/15) after negotiations between General Motors and the United Automobile Workers' Union had broken down.
It is the first major strike against General Motors for twenty-five years.
The last one in 1945 lasted 119 days.