DETROIT—The UAW strike against General Motors last year was costly for the auto maker and its suppliers. Now the UAW has disclosed what the work stoppage cost it.
The union paid out more than $80 million to workers who went on strike against GM for 40 days last fall, according to the union's annual report filed last week.
UAW members received weekly checks of $250 to $275 after the first week of the strike. The payments amounted to more than 10 percent of the roughly $800 million that was in the union's strike fund before the walkout.
In addition to benefit costs, the UAW paid $23,626 to print strike signs at the end of September, according to its filing with the Department of Labor. The union paid $18,550 for more signs Oct. 17, and it paid a printing company nearly $62,000 for "strike materials" in early December.
The UAW also dealt with strikes against Mack Truck and Aramark, a custodial company that serves multiple GM sites.
GM has said the strike cost it more than $3 billion.
The walkout occurred toward the end of a year in which UAW membership grew by more than 3,000 people, to 398,829, according to the filing. It was a turnaround from 2018, when the union lost about 35,000 members.
The union also paid hefty legal fees as some former officials were swept up in a years-long corruption probe.