Thousands of General Motors employees in Spring Hill joined a national strike against the company on Sunday night.

GM’s four-year contract with the United Auto Workers expired and the two sides haven’t been able to agree on a new one.

“Nobody wants to strike but sometimes it’s necessary to stand up for what you believe,” UAW Local 1853 president Tim Stannard said. “It’s come to that point.”

Stannard said picket lines will start at midnight after the plant is cleared.

“At 11 p.m. the workers that are in the plant will be asked to leave by the UAW officials,” Stannard said.

The union is fighting for a new contract with the company that will include fair wages, affordable healthcare, profit shares and job security.

Stannard said he also wants a better agreement for temporary workers.

“When I was hired into General Motors you would be permanent after 90 days,” Stannard said. “Today they have temporaries up to 3 to 5 years with no end in sight. These people they need a permanent job.”

The roughly 3,500 local GM employees will be joining the tens-of-thousands on strike in other states, hoping both sides can reach a fair deal soon.

"It’s emotional for everybody, nobody wants to be out of work they want to provide for their families,” Stannard said. “You have to stand up for what’s right, and now‘s the time to do this.”

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