Published: Tue, October 08, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

UAW letter to members: 'Negotiations have taken a turn for the worse'

UAW letter to members: 'Negotiations have taken a turn for the worse'

Negotiations to resolve a three-week-old strike at General Motors for better pay, benefits and job security have taken "a turn for the worse", a top negotiator with the United Autoworkers Union said Sunday.

Terry Dittes, vice president of UAW's GM department, sent a letter to union members saying an offer GM extended over the weekend "did nothing to advance a whole host of issues".

Dittes' letter says the union presented a proposal to the company Saturday.

He says the company isn't willing to fairly compensate workers.

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".

The GM strike began on September 16 with the 48,000 UAW members seeking higher pay, greater job security, a bigger share of the leading USA automaker's profit and protection of healthcare benefits. "And if we go into a fourth week, it's gonna get worse", says Anderson.

It marks the first national strike by the UAW against GM since 2007, when the union shut company plants for two days.

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In fact, a person close to the talks told the Free Press that the bargaining had turned somewhat sour as GM walked back what had been a proposed solution for temporary workers. "The law and basic decency require no less", Dittes added.

"We are committed to continuing discussions around the clock to reach a resolution", GM's statement reads.

The change in tone about the state of talks followed word on Saturday from a person familiar with negotiations that the remaining outstanding issues centered on pensions and 401 (k) s and the narrowing of the pay gap for in-progression workers.

Strikers says they are disappointed by the news. The union speaks of unwillingness at GM to come to a deal.

The strike comes almost a year after GM announced it was laying off 15 percent of its salaried workers and shuttering five plants in North America.

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. Connoisseurs estimate that the actions have already cost GM more than 1 billion dollars and a production loss of almost 120,000 vehicles until 2 October.

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