Nearly 50,000 United Auto Workers union members have walked off the job at General Motors plants across the country, after contract negotiations failed to produce a deal before the weekend deadline.
Investigators believe a propane or natural gas leak caused the explosion. Among the injured is Farmington’s fire chief, who was airlifted to a hospital, as wells as three other firefighters, a maintenance worker, and an ambulance employee, police said.
“How someone could do this, I do not know,” Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods said.
UAW leaders want to show the rank and file they're "tough guys," while management wants to avoid being "locked in."
General Motors auto workers are on strike, forcing the closure of over 50 General Motors factories and the potential loss of hundreds of millions of dollars. United Auto Workers Region 1A Director Chuck Browning says, “It will go on as long as it’s going to take to achieve our bargaining goals.”