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A General Motors employee puts strike signs into a car in Westland, Michigan. Photo: Jeff Kowalsky/AFP/Getty Images

Tens of thousands of General Motors workers officially went on strike at 11:59 p.m. ET Sunday after negotiations with the automaker broke down, the United Auto Workers union announced.

Why it matters: The UAW's GM members are now participating in the nation's first auto strike in 12 years and the largest demonstration by any union against any U.S. business since UAW's last strike against GM in 2007.

The latest: Terry Dittes, the union vice president, told AP negotiations would resume at 10 a.m. Monday, but the strike was still expected to go ahead.

Context: UAW's GM members are steaming about the company's November 2018 decision to "unallocate" 5 plants in the U.S. and 1 plant in Canada. They demanded that the company agree to a new labor agreement by Sept. 14. The company broke the deadline Sunday morning. The strike affects about 46,000 hourly workers, per Axios' Joann Muller.

  • Under the existing labor contract, GM can't close plants, except in the case of a sudden market downturn. However, the UAW sued GM for violating the agreement, saying the company was using semantics to idle plants.
  • The UAW is demanding fairer wages, affordable health care, profits, job security and a path for permanent positions for temporary employees.
  • The UAW hoped that a new labor contract for its GM members would set the standards for all labor contracts in the industry, benefitting its members who work at Ford and Fiat Chrysler.

Yes, but: The union's position in negotiations was hit by a scandal involving misappropriation of union funds that implicates union president Gary Jones.

  • Federal authorities accused Jones of helping current and former senior union officials embezzle member dues to buy personal luxuries, according to the Detroit News.

What they're saying: Dittes told members in a letter after final negotiations on Saturday night that the union and company remained divided. He said the company would not receive an extension.

  • The union vice president accused GM of refusing "to put hard working Americans ahead of their record profits of $35 billion in North America over the last three years."
  • GM, the largest US automaker, said in a statement that it is still willing to work to reach a deal to build "a strong future for our employees and our business."
  • President Trump tweeted, "Here we go again with General Motors and the United Auto Workers. Get together and make a deal!"

Go deeper: GM to cut workers, idle U.S. manufacturing plants

Editor's note: This article has been updated with President Trump's tweet.

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Brazil senators vote to recommend criminal charges for Bolsonaro

Brazilian senators vote on probe into President Bolsonaro's handling of pandemic. Photo: Gustavo Minas/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A Brazilian Senate committee Tuesday voted to approve a report recommending President Jair Bolsonaro be charged with a raft of criminal indictments, including crimes against humanity over his response to the COVID-19 pandemic, per AP.

Why it matters: Bolsonaro has become the face of a right-wing approach to the pandemic that includes repudiating vaccines and masks and resisting lockdowns and other mitigation measures. The Senate report holds him personally responsible for half of the country's 600,000 deaths.

Former Georgetown tennis coach pleads guilty to accepting admissions bribes

Gordon Ernst (left) former head tennis coach at Georgetown, outside a courthouse in Boston in 2019. Photo: Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

A former Georgetown University head tennis coach has pleaded guilty Tuesday to bribery charges related to facilitating the admission of prospective applicants.

Why it matters: Gordon Ernst solicited and accepted bribes from William Singer, ringleader of the cheating scheme uncovered by Operation Varsity Blues, and families in exchange for helping prospective applicants get into Georgetown as student athletes, according to the Justice Department.

4 hours ago - Health

CDC says some immunocompromised people can get fourth COVID shot

Photo: Noriko Hayashi/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in updated guidelines Tuesday that some immunocompromised people who have received either Pfizer or Moderna's COVID-19 vaccines will be able to get a fourth shot.

Details: People over 18 who are "moderately to severely immunocompromised" and have received three doses of an mRNA vaccine may get a fourth shot (of either the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson vaccines) at least six months after getting their third Pfizer or Moderna dose, per the CDC.