Starting Sunday GM-UAW workers strike pay boosted to an extra $25 a week
DETROIT (FOX 2) - When the strike first started, people were out in t-shirts and shorts, however, they're bundled up around a fire now. Closing in on a month and some good news for these workers came though, in the form of 25 extra dollars a week in strike pay.
It might not sound like much, but to these workers, it's a lot.
Starting Sunday, Day 27, UAW strike pay bumps from 250 to 275 per week.
“That means the difference between buying extra food,” Cassandra Gaddis said, Employee for GM-UAW.
The 10 percent increase comes as the UAW awaits a response on a counter-proposal to the offer GM put out Monday. UAW VP Terry Dittes says if GM accepts, that's a tentative agreement.
"Personally I did save just in case,” Tae Crump said.
The mood was upbeat out at the picket line Saturday in Hamtramck because of that pay increase and they learned the UAW lifted restrictions on earnings with a part-time job during the strike as long as they show up to the line.
Fox 2: Is that something you would explore?”
“Not yet, I still got a little saved,” Crump said.
“If it comes down to that I will,” he said.
But, he says logistics of finding a part-time job right now could be a problem.
“You got to go through the whole interview process and wait."
Fox 2: “And still come here.”
“Every other day,” he said.
Not everyone was able to prepare like Tae and his family.
“It's been tight, too tight,” GM UAW Employee William Sharpe said.
“Right now I'm just struggling to make it to the picket line,” he said.
William Sharpe, a full-time employee, here in solidarity, but worries at home.
“I have a wife and 5 kids so I wasn't prepared for this at all, I'm still check to check,” Sharpe said.
He's looking forward to that extra cash.