Overnight on the GM picket lines: 3rd shift workers keep faith

It’s nearing 4:30 a.m. when the driver of a white Chevrolet Tahoe flicks on red emergency lights and approaches Gate 6 of General Motors’ Flint Assembly plant.

“A cop?” Michael Beck wonders aloud. The 31-year-old temporary worker from Chassis 4 questions how he and his coworkers had drawn attention to their patch of curb along five-lane Van Slyke Road.

The relatively small band of third-shift employees staffing picket lines from 3 to 7 a.m. hasn’t seen much action since the strike against GM began in mid-September and on Tuesday entered Day 23 as the two sides continued to bargain.