Union says talks with GM have ‘taken a turn for the worse’

Andrew Cummings
October 7, 2019

The plant continues to build engines for the Ramos assembly plant, which is still operating, but GM previously laid off 6,000 workers in Mexico at a separate facility in Silao, Mexico.

The U.S. strike at General Motors entered its fourth week with the United Auto Workers union and the carmaker at an impasse over investment in U.S. factories, overshadowing progress made in recent days on other key issues.

"The company has shown an unwillingness to fairly compensate the great workforce of the UAW", said Dittes' letter.

Major issues in these talks include GM's use of temporary workers, as well as the union's demand that the company finds work for some or all of the four plants it announced it would close.

Normally in contract talks, the union bargains for commitments from the company to build new vehicles, engines, transmissions and other items at USA factories represented by the union.


UAW Vice-President Terry Dittes says their latest offer addressed issues of wages, signing bonuses, job security, profit sharing, pensions, and more.

"These negotiations have taken a turn for the worse", he said.

Dittes' letter says the union presented a proposal to the company Saturday.

The company said it is committed to talking around the clock to resolve the dispute.

In a letter, he criticized Sandefur for not having the "professional courtesy to explain why you could not accept or why you rejected our package proposal for each item we addressed".


The fight isn't over once an agreement is reached: the deal must be ratified by all members. "They will have to sell it", she said. UAW local leaders nationwide will convene in Detroit to decide whether to remain out of work until that ratification vote is completed.

General Motors said in its latest5 statement on the negotiations, "We continue to negotiate in good faith with very good proposals that benefit employees today and builds a stronger future for all of us".

The people didn't say how much of a raise workers will get.

"GM has backed away from a commitment to American workers", one source said. Those two closings affect about 2,500 workers. The union also wants more vacation time and better health care for temps.


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