TENS OF THOUSANDS OF G-M WORKERS ARE NOW ON STRIKE. UNITED AUTO WORKERS SAY.. THIS ALL COMES AFTER CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS BROKE DOWN. ..AND THIS IS HAVING A BIG IMPACT HERE IN INDIANA.. MEREDITH JULIET IS LIVE OUTSIDE THE G-M PLANT IN KOKOMO THIS MORNING… AND MEREDITH — ABOUT HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE OUT THERE RIGHT NOW? THE DECISION CAME TO STRIKE CAME .. AFTER ABOUT 200 UNION LEADERS VOTED UNANIMOUSLY YESTERDAY.. GENERAL MOTORS HAS SEVERAL OPERATIONS HERE IN INDIANA.. NOT ONLY HERE IN KOKOMO.. BUT ALSO IN BEDFORD, FT. WAYNE, AND MARION. TAKE A LOOK.. WE HAVE SOME NEW VIDEO FROM OVERNIGHT.. SHOWING SOME OF THE WORKERS OUTSIDE THE PLANT IN KOKOMO. WORKERS AT THAT PLANT MAKE SEVERAL COMPONENTS .. INCLUDING ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION CONTROL MODULES AND PRESSURE SENSORS FOR CARS AND TRUCKS. UNION LEADERS AND THE COMPANY HAVE BEEN LOCKED IN TALKS … OVER A NEW CONTRACT… SINCE JULY. LEADERS WITHIN THE U-A-W SAY.. THEY’RE DOING THIS TO STAND UP FOR FAIR WAGES… FOR AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE… AND FOR THEIR SHARE OF G-M’S PROFITS. GM SAYS IT’S OFFERED MORE THAN 7-BILLION DOLLARS IN INVESTMENTS… AND HAS PROMISED TO CREATE 54-HUNDRED NEW JOBS. BUT U-A-W LEADERS ARGUE .. THAT WORKERS HELPED SAVE THE COMPANY.. WHEN IT FILED FOR BANKRUPTCY PROTECTION IN 2009. NOW .. THEY WANT TO SEE THEIR LOYALTY REWARDED “… “THEY STOOD UP FOR THAT COMPANY AND NOW THEY WANT THAT COMPANY TO STAND UP FOR THEM.” …” THIS STRIKE IS THE UNION’S FIRST SINCE A TWO-DAY WORK STOPPAGE AT GM .. BACK IN 2007. TALKS BETWEEN THE UNION AND G-M HAVE BEEN TENSE FROM THE START OF ALL THIS.. MOSTLY BECAUSE G-M PLANS TO CLOSE FOUR FACTORIES HERE IN THE U-S.