Gov. Kelly visits striking auto workers in KCK

Published: Sep. 19, 2019 at 6:37 PM CDT
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Gov. Laura Kelly visited General Motors workers on the picket lines in Kansas City, Kansas, on Thursday.

United Auto Workers members at GM's Fairfax plant were among the nearly 50,000 workers at 33 plants nationwide who went on strike Monday over wages, pensions, and benefits.

The UAW is asking for a larger share of the General's profits and they question the company's goal of cutting labor costs, so it can compare with American auto plants run by foreign companies.

Healthcare costs and offering temporary workers a clear path to permanent jobs are sticking points to a new four-year contract.

The outcome could set the framework for upcoming negotiations with Ford and Fiat Chrysler.

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