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This week's In the News examines the causes and effects of the recent United Auto Workers' strikes against major Michigan employer General Motors. The eight sites listed discusss various aspects of the issues involved in the strikes. The strikes began on June 5, 1998, at the Flint Michigan Metal Center due to GM demands to eliminate set production quotas, idling approximately 162,700 GM North American Operations and Delphi Automotive systems employees in the US, Mexico, and Canada. GM officials estimate their total losses at $1.18 billion, although many industry analysts suggest the strike will have little effect on the over-all booming automotive market. While GM sales are seen up 15 to 19 percent since last June, company press releases continue to emphasize the importance of remaining competitive in an increasingly global market. In the state made famous by cars, labor, and the documentary Roger and Me, however, workers question what toll on the community might result from a more diversified General Motors Corporation in the future.
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