Labor Relations: GM Strikes a Deal in Canada

The strike by 36,000 Canadian autoworkers against General Motors started out two weeks ago as only a minor nuisance for the giant automaker, but it soon escalated into a major problem. Because of parts shortages caused by the walkout, GM had to lay off 40,965 hourly workers at 30 U.S. plants in ten states. Canadian Union Boss Robert White was demanding that his GM workers receive a bigger wage increase than the one their U.S. counterparts got in their new contract. White, though, was under heavy pressure from United Auto Workers President Owen Bieber to settle the strike quickly. Bieber...

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