Update: Tentative Deal Has Been Reached In UAW-GM Strike
After a month of striking, there has been a tentative agreement met between the UAW and General Motors. It includes pay raises, but three plants would close in exchange.
While the UAW was able to negotiate higher pay and better coverage for temporary workers, the tentative deal would also allow the automaker to move forward with closing three plants.
GM representatives reviewed the terms of the four-year deal and it is now up to the 48,000 workers to ratify the deal. It hasn’t been announced if employees will end their strike or stay on the picket lines until voting is finished.
While higher pay for workers, job security, and healthcare benefits were the main issues, loss of employment for temporary workers and the closure of plants were also included.
Reportedly, the agreement includes 3% pay raises in the second and fourth years, and 4% lump-sum payments in the first and third years while GM also agreed to make temporary workers with three years of service permanent.
Full-time UAW members are to receive an $11,000 payment and active temporary employees will receive $4,500.
GM also agreed to leave the union’s healthcare coverage untouched. However, the Lordstown, Ohio assembly plant will close, as well as parts plants in Baltimore and Warren, Michigan.