UAW and GM reach tentative agreement, avoiding a strike – fox2now.com

Posted: Monday, October 26, 2015

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DETROIT (AP) The United Auto Workers union and General Motors have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract.
The agreement avoids a strike for now. The UAW had set a deadline of 11:59 p.m. EDT Sunday to reach a new agreement or go on strike.
Details of the proposed contract weren’t immediately available.

The UAW said local union leaders will meet in Detroit Wednesday to vote on the agreement. If they approve it, workers at GM’s U.S. plants will then vote on it.
The proposed contract with GM covers nearly 53,000 U.S. auto workers.
Workers at Fiat Chrysler approved a new contract agreement last week. The union hasn’t yet reached an agreement with Ford.

Earlier story:

WENTZVILLE, MO (KTVI)-A midnight deadline looms for General Motors to reach an agreement with the United Auto Workers union. If no deal is reached, thousands of workers across the country, including those in Wentzville, could hit the picket lines.

There are 3,500 workers at the General Motors plant in Wentzville.

The deadline set by the union is midnight, but it’s unclear whether there would be a walkout by workers here should the deadline pass.  Some reports have suggested the union might target specific parts plants rather than a full scale walkout, but no one is saying for certain.

The contract for General Motors workers has already been extended once.  It was due to expire last month, but the union gave an extension while they completed negotiations with Fiat Chrysler.  Now the sights are set on this deal.

Workers make the Chevy Colorado pickup truck, as well as a GMC variation of the mid-sized pickup called the Canyon.  They also produce full sized vans for the company.

The union has given the company several major concessions in contracts dating back to just before the big recession and the company’s subsequent bankruptcy and taxpayer bailout.  Union officials have made clear they’re looking for something in return this time around.  In that period, average hourly labor costs from GM dropped from $75 to $55 per hour, but the company is still paying more for labor

GM released a statement saying, “We are working with them to address the issues and remain committed to obtaining an agreement that’s good for employees and the business.”

It all amounts to some uncertain times for workers here in Wentzville as their company and their union try to hammer out a deal.

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