United Auto Workers strike against GM poised to head into eighth day

United Auto Workers strike against GM poised to head into eighth day
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The United Automobile Workers (UAW) strike against General Motors (GM) is set to go into its second week, as Monday marks the eighth day since 49,000 auto workers have been off the job.

The strike is ongoing as the two sides are at a stalemate over new contract negotiations.

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Workers are pushing for a larger slice of profit from GM after their four-year contract with the company expired last week.

UAW spokesman Brian Rothenberg told The Associated Press that the two sides are “still talking.”

The high-profile strike has political leaders from both sides of the aisle weighing in, with President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP congressman slams Trump over report that U.S. bombed former anti-ISIS coalition headquarters US to restore 'targeted assistance' to Central American countries after migration deal Trump says lawmakers should censure Schiff MORE pressuring GM to get a deal with the union completed.

Several leading 2020 Democratic candidates, including Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenButtigieg tweeted support for 'Medicare for All' in 2018 Overnight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — House Dems change drug pricing bill to address progressive concerns | Top Republican rejects Dem proposal on surprise medical bills | Vaping group launches Fox News ad blitz Hillicon Valley: FCC approves T-Mobile-Sprint merger | Dems wrangle over breaking up Big Tech at debate | Critics pounce as Facebook's Libra stumbles | Zuckerberg to be interviewed by Fox News | Twitter details rules for political figures' tweets MORE (Mass.) and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump says lawmakers should censure Schiff Schiff says committees will eventually make impeachment inquiry transcripts public Trump threat lacks teeth to block impeachment witnesses MORE, have sided with striking workers.

“GM is demonstrating that it has no loyalty to workers in America .... Their only loyalty is to their bottom line, and if they can save a nickel by moving jobs to Mexico or to Asia or anywhere else on this planet, they will do it,” Warren said Sunday as she joined striking workers at a GM plant in Detroit, according to the AP.

Biden on Sunday met with autoworkers in Kansas City, Kan., as they picketed, according to the AP.

Trump is pushing GM to quickly get a deal done and have the dispute end before it drags on much longer. Trump decried GM last year when it shut down a production plant in Ohio, who campaigned on a promise to restore manufacturing jobs to the state and the Midwest.