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UAW Facing Tight Vote on Proposed GM Pact

Cost of living escalator big point of contention.

by on Nov.06, 2015

Voting on the tentative deal between GM and UAW is winding down and it's close, which could mean a second rejection for UAW leaders.

Voting on the United Auto Workers tentative contract is heading into its final stretch and union leaders are facing a closer than expected vote as UAW members express displeasure with the proposed agreement.

Unlike at FCA U.S. where the tier-two wages paid more than 43% of the company’s workers led to the rejection of the first contract proposal, much of the opposition at GM appears to come from long-term GM employees hired before 2007.

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Rejection of the contract would be another defeat for UAW president Dennis Williams and also for GM Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra, who has made good relations with the UAW one of her priorities. (more…)

UAW Scores Health-Care Win on New GM Pact

Secures hiring path for second-tier workers.

by on Oct.29, 2015

The UAW and GM bargaining teams produced a contract providing health-care for second-tier workers.

The United Auto Workers managed to win broad health-care coverage for the second-tier workers at General Motors and a $60,000 bonus for up to 4,000 long-term GM employees who agree retire during the first half of 2016.

The health-care package, which includes dental and vision coverage at time when many employers are scaling back health-care plans or piling on new co-pays and deductibles, comes on top of the substantial wage increase that will give second tier, or “in progression” workers an opportunity to reach top levels after eight years on the job.

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The bargaining committee secured a clear path for in-progression members to achieve traditional wages. All in-progression employees are being moved to traditional health care plan, according to the UAW. (more…)

GM, UAW Settle Minutes Before Strike Deadline

Four-year contract expected to largely mirror Fiat Chrysler agreement.

by on Oct.26, 2015

Handshakes and smiles marked the opening of GM-UAW contract talks last July. Shown in front: GM CEO Barra, UAW Pres. Williams, GM negotiator Cathy Clegg and UAW bargainer Cindy Estrada.

General Motors and the United Auto Workers Union reached tentative agreement on a new four-year labor contract Sunday only minutes before the UAW’s midnight strike deadline.

While neither side would discuss details before a meeting of the union’s rank-and-file plant leaders, it was expected the tentative contract would adhere closely to the so-called “pattern” agreement at Fiat Chrysler that won worker approval last week.

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“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,” said UAW President Dennis Williams. “We look forward to presenting the details of these gains to local union leaders and the membership.”


Former Saturn Plant to Reopen, But No Pension Improvements Under New GM Contract

Deal could make it easier to now target the transplants.

by on Sep.20, 2011

The new GM contract will bring the reopening of the shuttered Spring Hill, TN plant -- and the addition of over 6,000 jobs.

General Motors Co. is obligated to reopen its assembly plant in Spring Hill, Tenn. under the terms of its tentative new labor agreement with the United Auto Workers Union.

Union officials also said Tuesday they expect the new four-year GM contract — which is worth $12,000 per employee over the life of the agreement — will serve as the pattern for new labor pacts with both Chrysler Group and Ford Motor Co.  But which of those makers will be targeted next remains uncertain.

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“In these uncertain economic times for American workers and faced with the globalization of the economy, the UAW approached these negotiations with new strategies and fought for and achieved some of our major goals for our members, “ said UAW president Bob King after the agreement was endorsed unanimously by the union’s GM council.

The agreement includes a $5,000 signing bonus due upon ratification by 48,000 GM worker s. In addition, workers will receive a $1,000 lump sum payment, each year starting in 2012 to cover any increase in the cost of living — and an annual bonus of $250 bonus if certain quality targets are met.