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GM workers and the labor movement in Kansas City

A GM plant in Wentzville, Missouri, was one of the first units of United Auto Workers to go on strike. After the layoffs of 2,000 workers at the Fairfax GM plant in Kansas City, Kansas, the union is only escalating its efforts.

It feels as if workers are going on strike left and right these days, but union membership has hit all time lows in recent years. So what's driving this surge in labor organizing?

On KCUR's Up To Date, Steve Kraske spoke with Dante Wilson, President of UAW local 31, about the local autoworkers union impacted by the strikes against GM and Stellantis.

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