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<<<With the two week re-tooling period looming, I am beginning to think GM management has the
upper hand ...>>>

Here in Texas, the Arlington plant workers are not benefiting from the strike because they will most likely not receive unemployment if they have to be idled because of the strike.

Here's an excerpt describing why that I got from

Lonnie Morgan, United Autoworkers Union Local 276
president says the last time workers were laid off because of
a strike in another state their unemployment benefits were

"At that time, we were denied unemployment benefits
because of a law that has been on the books since 1954
that states that if we pay dues to an international union, then
we are supporting that strike, and therefore we were denied
the unemployment benefits," Morgan explained.

Union leaders say the Arlington workers are not eligible for
UAW strike fund money either, because they are not

If other states have similar laws, the workers at other plants may put pressure on the union to settle quickly.

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