Nearly 50,000 UAW workers have gone on strike at General Motors, the first time the union has gone on strike in 12 years, after the last four-year agreement expired without an agreement over a new one.
The strike also comes at a time that federal authorities are widening their investigation into embezzlement by top union leadership past and present, with nine people so far convicted of skimming member dues and money from automakers meant to support job-training programs.
On today’s show, we speak with auto analyst Michelle Krebs of Autotrader.com all about the strike, how the corruption scandal is affecting negotiations and how a protracted labor stoppage could affect workers, GM and the broader economy.
Also on this episode, we run through Ford’s new master plan for its Research & Engineering Center in Dearborn. And we discuss Bon Appetit’s mention of Ochre, a bakery you probably hadn’t heard of (raised hand) on the far edge of Woodbridge, in its Hot 10 list.