The last time GM workers went on strike, it was a different economic climate

Erika Beras Sep 17, 2019
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Jennifer Odum, a United Auto Workers member who is employed at the General Motors Flint Assembly plant in Michigan, sits on the curb as she strikes on Sept. 16. Jeff Kowalsky/AFP/Getty Images

The last time GM workers went on strike, it was a different economic climate

Erika Beras Sep 17, 2019
Jennifer Odum, a United Auto Workers member who is employed at the General Motors Flint Assembly plant in Michigan, sits on the curb as she strikes on Sept. 16. Jeff Kowalsky/AFP/Getty Images
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Nearly 50,000 workers for General Motors went on strike this week after the company’s negotiations with the United Auto Workers union broke down. It’s the union’s first national strike since a short walkout in 2007, when the country was heading into the Great Recession. So a lot has changed for the company and the economy.

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