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The UAW has been striking against General Motors for 31 days, the longest work stoppage since the 1970s.  Now news comes that GM and the Union have reached a tentative agreement and the union council will vote today on whether to end the walkout of 46,000 workers or wait until the agreement is ratified by union members. The Union and GM plan to discuss the deal after the vote has taken place.

We will update this article as more news comes. 

Update 1:20 pm:

  • Healthcare remains as-is.
  • Temporary employees have a path to full employment
  • All current hourly workers will receive raises to at least $32.32 by the end of the contract term
  • Wages subject to increases of 3% a year
  • New hires reach full pay in 4-years instead of the current 8-years
  • $11,000 signing bonus for full-time hourly workers
  • Detroit-Hamtramck (Cadillac CT6, Chevrolet Impala) remains open.
  • Lordstown and two transmission plants in Maryland and Michigan remain closed. 
  • Employees from closed plants can retire early or opt for a $75,000 buyout.
  • Workers who retire early will receive a $60,000 bonus and start collecting pension in January or February.

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Let me guess:  GM surrendered and the UAW snatched more than they deserved.

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1 hour ago, riviera74 said:

Let me guess:  GM surrendered and the UAW snatched more than they deserved.

Updated.. we report, you decide. 

Looks like the CT6 might be saved!

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Will be interesting to see who reports a side by side comparison, but it is seeming that GM caved in. :( 

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On 10/19/2019 at 8:48 AM, riviera74 said:

Apparently, several of the rank and file hate the new contract.  There may be trouble ahead.

https://www.thedetroitbureau.com/2019/10/proposed-gm-uaw-contract-faces-current-of-criticism/

The comments seem to reinforce the greed of the assembly line workers.

Nothing says they have to stay, nothing says they cannot go to night school and get a better education for a better paying job. Wake up to the reality UAW Workers.

At the rate your going, a robot will replace you.

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Corrupt UAW donkey's... GM should make them meet in the middle with the Healthcare plan, 3% is ridiculously low, avg. for other U.S. workers is 28%! GM wanted 15% so they meet in the middle @9% still a steal for UAW and GM gets a slight break on yearly healthcare costs. GM is obviously going to get something else with the deal in way of plants they closed to remain that way. EV's and more automation will put many of these greedy uneducated UAW minions out of work within 10 years.

Automatic 3% yearly wage increase when GM is already the highest in the entire auto industry? :duh:

Longest work stoppage? 1998 UAW strike was 54 days, not as many workers involved, but so far was longer than this one. GM was totally shut down too, I worked at a big Chevrolet, Cadillac dealership at the time, it was insane. 

https://www.foxbusiness.com/industrials/history-gm-strike-uaw-auto-workers

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About 5 or 7 years ago, a friend of mine (since retired) worked as a mechanic for the County. I recall him being outraged when he had to move from paying 0% of his healthcare, to 2%. TWO PERCENT.

I certainly can see an argument where unionized workers are berated for 'not paying their fair share' if the average overall is 28%.

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