GM appeals directly to employees as strike losses mount

Andrew Cummings
October 11, 2019

This is the 26th day of the strike.

"The strike has been hard on you, your families, our communities, the Company, our suppliers and dealers", it read, saying the latest offer increased compensation and profit-sharing, promised a path to full-time jobs for temporary workers, leaves health-care benefits intact with no cost increases to workers, and invests in the company's US manufacturing operations. The company said the offer would increase compensation, preserve health care benefits and commit to new jobs in the U.S.

"At every step of the way, GM has attempted to undermine the ongoing, good-faith efforts the UAW has made to end this strike", said the union's statement.

On Monday, we presented another offer we felt achieved our mutual objectives.

"We have advised the union that it's critical that we get back to producing quality vehicles for our customers", he wrote. The offer also give workers enhanced profit-sharing with unlimited upside and improves their ratification bonus.

Those committees are discussing issues including the fate of four U.S. factories that GM has indicated could close, cutting 15,000 jobs in North America, and future technological changes to production. Our offer builds on the winning formula we have all benefited from over the past several years.

A major sticking point for both parties has been GM's commitments for future production in the U.S. The automaker has made proposals to reactivate some idled U.S. plants to build electric vehicles, but those commitments have not gone far enough to satisfy union leadership.

The letter was sent to all hourly and salaried employees.

"During this meeting, GM CEO Mary Barra requested all committees work to resolve their open issues simultaneously so the company could receive a comprehensive proposal from the union".

Barra met with UAW President Gary Jones and senior union negotiator Terry Dittes on Wednesday at GM world headquarters, where negotiations are happening.

The union says it continues working to secure a stable future for GM employees, but the company's tactics are causing suffering across the country.

Apart from costing GM more than $1 billion, the work stoppage has forced it to idle United States operations along with almost 10,000 workers in Canada and Mexico.

UAW workers are concerned that as GM shifts to more electric vehicles it will require fewer workers, and battery production may result in workers getting paid less than at existing transmission plants.

The letter notes that the issue of job security is a top agenda item and there has been little progress to report.

But while the losses have continued to mount for GM, the company should have the financial resources to ride out the strike even if it continues into November, according to an analysis released by credit rating agency Moody's on Friday. "We don't understand GM's opposition to this proposition".

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