GM-UAW deal: Deal asks for 9,000 jobs, $9,000 in ratification bonuses, electric truck in Detroit-Hamtramck People close to GM and the UAW told The Free Press that it was important to conclude a new provisional contract with Aramark, around the same time as with GM. Otherwise, UAW workers on both sides will face the possibility of crossing the picket lines of others. “We are focused and remain focused on the more than 48,000 striking GM workers and their families as we negotiate a fair deal on wages, job security, quality and affordable health care and a better way for temporary workers,” said Brian Rothenberg, UAW spokesman. When the deal was announced, the United Automobile Workers said it had “achieved great success.” It lays down the conditions for the representatives of its G.M. Locals at a meeting in Detroit on Thursday morning, a chance for the leader to formulate the victories she deems winning. Tuesday`s Reuters report, which cites two uninscited people with knowledge of the negotiations, said GM executives CEO Mary Barra and Chairman Mark Reuss had been involved in negotiations with representatives of United Auto Workers and were expected to fix the final details before announcing a deal on Wednesday. Barra also met with UAW officials on Oct. 9. The five-week strike against General Motors appears to have been settled, with UAW chief negotiator Terry Dittes confirming to CNN today that a tentative agreement has been reached. Union leaders from across the country will gather in Detroit for a meeting on Thursday, already announced earlier this week. You must accept the agreement and the union`s full membership will vote on it. Details of what the new treaty might contain are not yet available. As the UAW strike against General Motors approaches the one-month mark, some labor experts say it may be time to look at other ways to fix the problems if a deal isn`t reached quickly.
In a brief statement on the deal, GM said: “We can confirm the UAW`s statement regarding a proposed interim agreement. More details will be announced in due course. Last year, teachers in West Virginia, Oklahoma and North Carolina got better working conditions after losing their jobs. And food workers in Southern California barely avoided a strike this month, when the United Food and Commercial Workers reached an agreement with several California supermarkets. . . .