The agreement will include salary increases, a ratification bonus of at least $9,000, GM`s promises to create or maintain 9,000 jobs over the next four years, a way for temporary workers to become permanent, and other elements. Nearly 200 local auto worker executives voted Thursday to send a preliminary agreement with General Motors Co. to members. DETROIT (Reuters) – General Motors Co and the United Auto Workers union tentatively agreed on a new four-year employment contract on Wednesday, nearing the end of a costly months-long strike that shut down GM`s most profitable plants as part of a will test on the future of jobs in the U.S. auto industry. If approved by the National Council, the proposal will officially become an interim agreement that will be subject to ratification by GM`s temporary workers. The ratification is expected to last one to two weeks. Neither the UAW nor GM have released details of the agreement, which must be ratified by UAW members, a process that could take up to two weeks. A new contract is expected to promise that the automaker will invest billions in U.S. auto plants to build new generations of electric vehicles and electric vehicle batteries in the United States. Union leaders fear that switching to electric vehicles could cost thousands of jobs in engine and transmission plants. The UAW has been on strike since 16 September and the action has idled about 46,000 workers. Disagreements include health care, wages, protection of temporary workers and job security, as well as the union`s demand to stop the importation of genetically modified vehicles from other countries, such as Mexico.
“The national bargaining team`s top priority was to get a strong and fair contract that our members deserve,” said Terry Dittes, UAW Vice President, Director of the union`s GM Department. “Out of respect for our members, we will not comment on the details until GM UAW leaders meet and receive all the details.” “We managed to stay outside until it was ratified,” Hakov said. “For me, I am prepared to stay out as long as it takes to reach a fair agreement. If we get a fair contract, it shows that unions are still powerful and that it was a struggle for the middle class. Plus: GM, UAW proposed to reach the provisional agreement; GM`s bid strike plans $7.7 billion in investments that have been created 9,000 and keep jobs, according to the pages of the agreement of The Detroit News. The 2015 contract included an $8.3 billion commitment. Details of GM`s latest offer came over the weekend, and Reuters reported that the company had increased the amount it planned to invest in the United States to about $9 billion from its previous $7 billion offer. This figure is unchanged in the final agreement, said a person briefed on the issue. The final agreement is similar to the offer on payment and bonuses, but contains some improvements, said the person briefed on the matter. Here`s what the Free Press is able to learn about the details of the UAW`s preliminary agreement proposal with General Motors. The agreement has not yet been reached. GM`s national board of the union will decide at a meeting On Thursday whether to accept the deal.
Then UAW members will vote on GM`s agreement. The strike will continue at least until Thursday`s meeting, the UAW said in a statement. Sean Crawford, a union worker at Flint Assembly, said that if the details of the proposal fell short of what he had on strike, he was willing to continue walking on the picket lines.