Published: Tue, October 08, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Union says talks with GM have ‘taken a turn for the worse’

Union says talks with GM have ‘taken a turn for the worse’

Talks for a new four-year labor contract between General Motors and its striking workers took a "turn for the worse" on Sunday after the United Auto Workers rejected the largest USA automaker's latest offer but the two sides were still talking.

Contract talks aimed at ending a 21-day strike by the United Auto Workers against General Motors hit a snag over production commitments according to a letter from UAW Vice President Terry Dittes.

"They reverted back to their last rejected proposal and made little change", Dittes wrote about GM.

GM workers on the picket lines Monday in Flint were frustrated and in a state of disbelief with the weekend turn of events. "They brought down some pizzas, some chicken wings and they spent some time out on the picket line with us", said Lynn Nelson, Local 2164 Vice President. But there is no promise for the idle compact auto plant in Lordstown, Ohio. 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. Those two closings affect about 2,500 workers.

"GM has backed away from a commitment to American workers", one source said.

The future of Detroit-Hamtramck workers remains uncertain.

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Another factor is GM's push to close the UAW-GM Center for Human Resources in Detroit, according to a report from The Detroit Free Press citing three people familiar with negotiations.

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

The update follows news that both sides began to make good progress in hashing out agreements on a number of issues in a big step toward a tentative agreement.

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 think-tank based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The company said it is committed to talking around the clock to resolve the dispute.

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