Let's Make a Deal: GM, UAW Reach Tentative Agreement in 11th Hour

Mark Stevenson
by Mark Stevenson

General Motors and the United Auto Workers union reached a deal Sunday night, minutes before the union’s midnight deadline, averting any strike for now, according to the automaker.

The deal will be sent to the union’s UAW National GM Council for discussion and vote on Wednesday. The union’s national council is composed of local leaders. If approved, the agreement would head to workers for ratification.

Neither the UAW or GM released specific details of the agreement.

“We believe that this agreement will present stable long-term significant wage gains and job security commitments to UAW members now and in the future,” UAW President Dennis Williams said in a statement. “We look forward to presenting the details of these gains to local union leaders and the membership.”

A clear path to full pay for Tier 2 workers and a larger cut of GM’s record profits were some of the issues discussed during this year’s bargaining.

“The significant gains in this agreement are structured in a way that will provide certainty to our members and create a clear path for all GM employees now and in the future. The agreement not only rewards UAW-GM members for their accomplishments, but it protects them with significant job security commitments,” UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada said in a statement.

“The new UAW-GM national agreement is good for employees and the business,” Cathy Clegg, GM North America Manufacturing and Labor Relations vice president said, according to the automaker. “Working with our UAW partners, we developed constructive solutions that benefit employees and provide flexibility for the company to respond to the needs of the marketplace.”

The UAW represents 52,600 workers at General Motors.

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  • Xeranar Xeranar on Oct 26, 2015

    Was it ever really in doubt? It's SOP to do this tactic and it isn't a surprise to see it used here.

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    • Xeranar Xeranar on Oct 27, 2015

      @Xeranar Sorry, I find your argument to be lacking in the empirical data department once again. Also before we go further lets be clear: When people claim that getting you irritated means that they have a bone of contention they're trying to defend their position with complete hogwash. I get irritated because I see you act like a know-it-all gasbag that uses their worldview to defend their entitlements while ignoring the mountains of evidence that is to the contrary. I'm not upset you're getting my goat (since you aren't). I'm upset that it's the same tired strawman arguments week after week. It's to a point where I realize we're never going to agree but I'm tired of being on the defense, I moved to the offensive on this comment, putting the onus on you to defend your wordage and you didn't. Plain and simple. By the way, I wrote that feeling high and mighty, not pissed at all. :) When you agree to a cooperative union but hate a hostile one, I can point at nearly every union in the book as both. It comes down to management's position that drives them in either direction. They're symbiotic, you can't just claim the guys YOU KNOW are better than the guys you don't know. It's at best anecdotal and at worst intentional bias.

  • 50merc 50merc on Oct 26, 2015

    Enviable pay and benefits, coupled with guaranteed job security. Why, you'd almost think GM is a government agency. Oh, wait....

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  • 3SpeedAutomatic Once e-mail was adopted by my former employer, we were coached about malice software as early as the 90's. We called it "worms" back then.They were separating the computers that ran the power plants from the rest of the system in the early 00's. One plant supervisor loaded vacation pictures from a thumb drive on his work PC. His PC was immediately isolated and the supervisor in question was made an example of via a disciplinary notice. Word spread quickly!!Last I heard, they still had their own data center!! Cloud Computing, what's that?!?! 🚗🚗🚗
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