Union members review UAW-GM tentative agreement

Marco Green
October 22, 2019

General Motors workers at Saginaw Metal Castings Operations have approved a new contract proposal by a 3-to-1 margin, becoming the first local United Auto Workers union in MI to do so.

GM last week encouraged the UAW "to move as quickly as possible through the ratification process, so we can resume operations and get back to producing vehicles for our customers", after the proposed contract was approved by top union officials.

The negotiating team and union leadership are both recommending that the almost 50,000 strikers vote to ratify the new four-year agreement. Ballots expected to be turned in by Friday, Oct. 25.

Details of the agreement are not yet known, because the union hasn't voted to accept, but workers had sought higher wages, better healthcare benefits and a path to permanent employment for temporary workers.

Amid the GM strike, some UAW leaders are being investigated by federal authorities.

Yakim said he received multiple texts on Thursday from friends who used to work at Lordstown expressing unhappiness with the tentative agreement.

For the strike to end a majority of union members must vote to ratify the deal.

Voting on the contract will take place over the next week across the country at GM plants which cover upwards of 46,000 workers.

But the UAW struck out in its efforts to have GM shutter some of its production in Mexico and relocate it to the United States to revive doomed plants here. Almost 50,000 workers at GM plants across the country are on strike for fair wages, affordable healthcare, share of ProfitsJob Security, and a defined path to permanent seniority for temporary workers.

The national strike officially started at 11:59 p.m., September 15.

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