Who gets to sit at “the big table” has been an issue during the contract negotiations between the UAW and General Motors, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Typically at this point, there are just five to 10 people on each side of the table. But during these talks, the UAW has at least two dozen or more people in the room. It is all about the union wanting to avoid any concerns about “backroom deals,” the Free Press said. GM claims that is affecting progress. It says it would be more efficient to resolve issues in smaller groups or committees.
As the strike enters its third week, the pain is being felt on both sides. Wall Street analysts estimate GM is losing about $25 million a day. Strikers, meanwhile, are receiving just $250 a week strike wages.
Other news snippets:
… The seats are getting smaller on airlines and the legroom more cramped at the same time that 16% of Americans are age 65 or older and our rearends and waistlines are getting bigger. This has the FAA worrying about safety. It is holding tests in November to see how all of this impacts evacuating commercial aircraft in emergencies.
… Jimmy Carter celebrated his 95th birthday on Tuesday, becoming the first U.S. president to reach that milestone. Carter still lives in tiny Plains, Georgia, still teaches Sunday School, and with his wife of 73 years, Rosalynn, now 92, still plans an upcoming trip to help build houses with Habitat for Humanity in Nashville, Tennessee.
… Strange flying objects captured on video by Navy fighter pilots off the coast of San Diego in 2004 and in Atlantic waters in 2015 were recently acknowledged by the Navy as “unidentified aerial phenomena.” It is the first time the service has acknowledged the objects are real.
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