UAW And GM Negotiations Take A "Turn For The Worse"

UAW And GM Negotiations Take A

UAW And GM Negotiations Take A "Turn For The Worse"

Monday marks the 22nd day of the nationwide strike, with some 46,000 workers walking picket lines rather than working on assembly lines and other jobs inside GM plants. It also led to layoffs at numerous 10,000 American suppliers that provide auto parts and other goods and services to GM. GM has had to halt work at some of its other plants in Canada and Mexico due to the strike, idling almost 10,000 additional GM workers who are not part of the UAW.

GM made an offer to the union that basically repeated one the UAW had previously rejected, Terry Dittes, the UAW vice president in charge of the GM department, said in a letter to members.

According to Dittes, the union presented a proposal to GM officials on Saturday.

He said GM responded Sunday morning by reverting back to an offer that had been rejected and made few changes. Those issues include corruption investigations of union leaders; the move from traditional engines in favor of electric ones; and the possibility that the economy could flip into recession with damage of a longer strike at a company like GM.

GM and the UAW continue to debate over a boost to retirement accounts for older workers with pensions and newer hires with 401k plans. "We, in this union, could not be more disappointed with General Motors".

"These negotiations have taken a turn for the worse", he said. But there is no promise for GM's idled compact auto plant in Lordstown, Ohio.

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GM ended production of the Chevy Cruze in Lordstown in March, and the Detroit-Hamtramck plant is set to close in January.

The strike began September 16 with more than 49,000 employees walking out. Parts shortages also have forced the company to close plants in Mexico and Canada.

GM leads all companies in automobiles produced in Mexico at just over 833,000 past year, according to LMC and the Center for Automotive Research, a thinktank based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The union wants GM to bring some production in Mexico to the United States.

The strike has cost GM about $600 million in total lost profits through three weeks of the strike.

Workers say they will have to make do until they are able to get back to work.

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