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Lester Graham / Michigan Radio

More than 60% of Flint Truck Assembly plant workers voted to approve a tentative contract with General Motors.  

Tracy Samilton / Michigan Radio

It rained all day Monday in Romulus, Michigan. 

At GM's Romulus Powertrain plant, strikers had a fire going in a big barrel where they could warm their hands.  

Steven Boyle walked the picket line undeterred, water streaming off his orange poncho. 

"My grandfather was a sit-down striker," says Boyle. "If he was capable of locking himself inside a building for 45 days, not knowing the next time he was going to get a meal...well, bring on -20 degrees, and I'd still be out here. It wouldn't make a difference to me."

Tracy Samilton / Michigan Radio

Michigan UAW members walked the picket line in the pouring rain on Monday on day 36 of the strike against General Motors.

four men holding picket signs
Lester Graham / Michigan Radio

As the UAW's strike against GM enters its fifth week, the two sides may finally be close to reaching a proposed deal on a new contract.

The talks have been unusually difficult, with negotiators struggling to resolve disputes over job security, temporary workers, health insurance, and wage increases. 

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Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

United Auto Workers said Saturday it's increasing strike pay for workers picketing at General Motors as the walkout by more than 49,000 employees nears the four-week mark.

   

Dustin Dwyer / Michigan Radio

Governor Gretchen Whitmer stopped by a UAW picket line at a General Motors plant near Grand Rapids Thursday evening.

The governor and her team rolled up in black SUVs just before dusk. Whitmer posed for pictures, shook hands, and listened as workers described what’s at stake for them in the strike.

Nearly 50,000 workers have been on strike against GM since last month. They say they’re holding out for higher wages, and job security for temporary workers.