UAW Rejects GMs Latest Counter Offer
In a Sunday letter to union members, UAW said talks with the company had taken “a turn for the worse” in part because the union says GM reverted back to a previously rejected proposal.
“The company’s response did nothing to advance a whole host of issues that are important to you and your families!,” Mr. Dittes wrote in the letter. “It did nothing to provide job security during the term of this agreement.”
A GM spokesman said “We continue to negotiate in good faith with very good proposals that benefit employees today and builds a stronger future for all of us. We are committed to continuing discussions around the clock to reach a resolution.”
Mr. Dittes said the union presented GM with a proposal that addressed wages, job security, pensions, profit-sharing and other topics Saturday evening, only to receive the company’s counter offer Sunday morning.
The Strike that is now in its 21st day, has stopped output at more than 30 U.S. plants, stifled production for auto-parts suppliers, resulted in temporary layoffs for thousands of non-UAW factory workers and stopped all of GM’s pickup truck production in North America.
GM had also previously offered to build a battery plant near its assembly facility in Ohio, which would create a few hundred jobs and said it had solutions for Detroit and Lordstown, and offered wage increases and plant investments that would create thousands of new jobs. Additionally, the company still plans to sell the now-shuttered Lordstown, Ohio, plant to an electric truck startup. Workers in the area say they haven’t been satisfied by this offer.