The United Auto Workers has flatly rejected General Motors lasts contract proposal.
In a letter to Local Union president, Terry Dittes, the union’s top negotiator, said the company had presented union negotiators with a broad proposal on the evening of Sept. 30.
The proposal, however, fell short of the union’s the UAW’s demands. Neither the company nor the union disclosed the details of the proposal, but the union did not go far enough in addressing the union’s contract proposals.
“This proposal that the company provided to us on Day 15 of the strike did not satisfy your contract demands or needs. There were many areas that came up short like health care, wages, temporary employees, skilled trades and job security to name a few.
“Additionally, concessionary proposals still remain in the company’s proposals as of late last night. We have responded today with a counterproposal and are awaiting GM’s next proposal to the Union. Regardless of what is publicized in print or social media, etc., there are still many important issues that remain unsolved.
“Brothers and Sisters, we appreciate your sacrifice and loyal support, but as you can see from this brief report, your important issues have yet to be satisfied and settled. We remain committed, however, to exploring all options in order to reach an agreement that meets the needs of our Membership,” Dittes wrote in his letter.
In response to Dittes letter, which suggests that the bargaining has so far failed to bridge the divide between the two sides, GM said it was looking for an agreement that would meet the needs of the automaker’s employees and the company.
“We continue to negotiate and exchange proposals and remain committed to reaching an agreement that builds a stronger future for our employees and our company,” a GM spokesman said after the union released its response to the company proposal.
The strike began Sept. 16, and has forced GM to shut down plants in Canada and Mexico has well as the across the United States where more than 48,000 UAW members are participating in the walkout.