AP Source: GM Offer Short on Earnings, Temporary Workers

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In this September 16, 2019 file photo, union members picket outside a General Motors facility in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. The strike against GM by United Auto Workers entered its second week Monday, September 23 with progress reported in negotiations but no clear end in sight. Bargainers met all weekend and returned to talks Monday morning as the strike entered its eighth day. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Reprinted from The New York Times by The Associated Press on October 2, 2019.

A General Motors contract offer to striking union members has wage increases or lump-sum payments in all four years. But a person briefed on the offer says it was rejected because it took money from other places to fund profit sharing and didn’t give temporary workers a clear path to a full-time job.

Still, the offer made late Monday is likely to be the framework for whatever agreement is reached to end the strike by 49,000 workers that has halted production in the U.S. and severely cut output in Mexico and Canada.

A different person says much of what the union objected to has been removed or is being bargained. Neither person wanted to be identified because the talks are confidential.

Talks continued Wednesday with the strike in its third week.

NY Times 10/2

 

What It’s Really Like Behind doors of UAW, GM Contract Talks

Reprinted from The Detroit Free Press by on October 2, 2019.

Late nights, early mornings and a lot of hurry up to wait.

That’s the life of UAW and General Motors bargainers who are enduring a process that is emotionally and intellectually grueling, say two former labor negotiators and people close to the 2019 talks.

Both sides resumed their work early Wednesday, as they have every day since roughly 46,000 autoworkers went on strike early September 16 at GM sites across the country.

On Tuesday, the UAW said it rejected GM’s latest proposals and the parties called it a night around 8. Both sides have batted proposals back and forth, working long days and weekends, since their 2015 contract expired at midnight September 14.  …

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Detroit Free Press 10/2

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