Monday, 21 October, 2019

Automaker Union Says GM Talks Have ‘Taken a Turn for the Worse’

Main issues in UAW-GM labor talks narrow to wages pensions source GM-UAW talks stall as week 4 of strike approaches: source
Russell Knight | 07 October, 2019, 12:58

As the US strike by the United Auto Workers union against General Motors Co GM.N nears three weeks, the main remaining issues in the negotiations have narrowed to wages and pensions, a person familiar with the talks said on Saturday.

Worker Omar Glover pickets outside a General Motors facility in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, Friday, September 27, 2019.

He wrote that the union, "could not be more disappointed with General Motors who refuse to recognize the experience and talent of our membership who make their world class products and billions of dollars in profits".

Dalziel has been a GM worker for about 24 years.

UAW Vice President Terry Dittes wrote a letter to members saying that a Sunday morning proposal from GM was inadequate and regressed back to the automaker's last rejected proposal to end the three-week strike.

They say the Detroit automaker did not address their extensive package, which addressed issues like wages, signing bonuses, job security, and pensions.

Dittes said that after making progress on key issues "a couple days ago, the company has shown an unwillingness to fairly compensate the great workforce of the UAW".

But yesterday.reports emerged that a deal was anything but close, and talks had taken a "turn for the worse". "We are committed to continuing discussions around the clock to reach a resolution".

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The strike has shut down GM production in the United States, impacting its operations in Canada and Mexico where thousands of workers have been temporarily laid off.

GM responded to the letter in a statement on Sunday, defending its proposals.

For its part, GM says it has proposed more than $7 billion in new investments in USA facilities, 5,400 new jobs and higher salaries.

But Dittes said that management's response to the Saturday proposals offered little change from those that the union had previously rejected.

Meanwhile, third parties like the North America's Building Trades Unions are trying to use whatever influence they have to get both sides to come to an agreement. "The law and basic decency require no less", Dittes added. The source said that remains an issue in the talks.

Looking ahead.the pressure is on for GM-analysts have put the cost of the strike so far at over $1 billion.

That means the almost 50,000 workers will continue to walk the picket lines as we head into week 4 of the strike.

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