UAW talks take turn for worse; both sides far apart

UAW talks take turn for worse; both sides far apart

Terry Dittes, vice president and director of the UAW's GM Department, said in a Sunday, Oct. 6 statement that an "extensive package proposal" was presented to the automotive company on Saturday afternoon.

That was seen as a sign that the sides might reach an agreement as early as the weekend, despite obstacles over pay and job security for new hires. "We are committed to continuing discussions around the clock to reach a resolution", the company said.

In a statement released by GM, the automaker said it will "continue to negotiate in good faith with very good proposals that benefit employees today and builds a stronger future for all of us".

Also Monday, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said she is concerned about the growing impact of the strike as it entered its fourth week.

"These things are important, that they try to remedy them and find some common ground as quickly as possible", she said.

GM's US factories have been shut down since the workers walked out September 16.

Almost 700 workers were handed temporary layoff notices the same day at the GM propulsion plant in St. Catharines, Ont.

More news: Rob Gronkowski returns to the NFL ... as a FOX Sports NFL analyst
More news: National vaping death total hits 19 after 1st case in MA
More news: United States diplomat's wife in fatal crash row

Now, however, the company is experiencing a shortage of some parts for repairs, and it's starting to have to tell some customers they'll have to wait for exactly the vehicle they want.

Despite Dittes' letter both sides continued bargaining Monday.

But yesterday.reports emerged that a deal was anything but close, and talks had taken a "turn for the worse". The UAW wants GM to make commitments on future products it would build in various plants beyond what has now been offered, said a person familiar with the talks who asked not to be identified.

GM leads all companies in automobiles produced in Mexico at just over 833,000 a year ago, according to LMC and the Center for Automotive Research, a think-tank based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Through August, 526,000 of the 573,000 vehicles GM exported from Mexico were sent to the United States.

1 automaker, Detroit-based General Motors Co., which had lost $1 billion so far as the ongoing strike of GM's hourly workers had been disrupting the United States' leading automaker's production line in both United States and Canada.

GM officials said they have offered to invest more than $7 billion in the United States, add more than 5,400 jobs and improve benefits.

Related Articles