DETROIT (AP) - General Motors has been hit with the first nationwide strike against an American automaker in three decades. Thousands of United Auto Workers walked off the job today, with job security apparently the main sticking point in negotiations.
The union's national leadership hasn't publicly announced whether a strike has begun. But workers have walked off the job and taken their places in picket lines outside GM plants.
The UAW had extended its contract for nine days after it expired on September 14th. Talks stalled yesterday, reportedly over the union's quest to protect jobs by getting GM to agree that new vehicles would be built in U.S. factories.
The UAW hasn't called a nationwide strike during contract negotiations since 1976, when Ford plants were shut down. There were strikes at two GM plants during contract negotiations in 1996.
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