UAW, GM reach tentative agreement that could end month-long strike

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UAW LOCAL 2250 members picketing outside GM’s Wentzville Assembly Plant. – Labor Tribune photo

The United Auto Workers and General Motors reached a tentative contract deal on Wednesday that could end a month-long strike that brought the company’s U.S. factories to a standstill.

The deal, which the union says offers “major gains” for workers, was hammered out after months of bargaining but won’t bring an immediate end to the strike by 49,000 hourly workers.

UAW Vice President Terry Dittes said officials will not yet reveal the details of the proposed agreement.

The strike will continue for at least two more days as two union committees vote on the deal.

Ultimately, the agreement will not be ratified until UAW-GM membership across the United States have a chance to vote on it.

“The No. 1 priority of the national negotiation team has been to secure a strong and fair contract that our members deserve,” Dittes said. “Out of respect for our members, we will refrain from commenting on the details until the UAW GM leaders gather together and receive all details.

“We are extremely grateful to the thousands of Americans who donated goods and helped our striking workers and their families. As we await the Council’s decision, please know that the outpouring of community and national support will be etched in the memories of all of us at the UAW for years to come.”

‘DIGNITY, GRACE AND SOLIDARITY’
“The dignity, grace and solidarity demonstrated by our members during the last few weeks are prime examples of what this union is all about: supporting one another in the good and bad times and never giving up,” UAW President Gary Jones said. “Our more than 48,000 members standing their ground have captured the hearts and minds of people across this country. I could not be prouder of our brothers and sisters, our National Negotiators and the National Council as they continue to fight one day longer to secure the best deal for our members.”

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