Posted on October 10, 2021 in
Written by: David B. Honig
Temporary agency workers: The union insisted that temporary agency workers get a better deal from GM. Both sides agreed that the temporary workers would become permanent employees and that details had yet to be disclosed. General Motors Co. and United Auto Workers reached a preliminary agreement on a new contract that paves the way for a decision Thursday on the continuation of a strike lasting more than a month. On the day Jones resigned, General Motors filed a lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler, claiming the company had bribed UAW officials to secure favorable employment contracts. In a press release, Fiat Chrysler said GM`s complaint was “unfounded” and saw it as an attempt to disrupt its recent merger deal with French automaker Groupe PSA, a merger that, if completed, would make the combined company the world`s fourth-largest automaker in terms of production volume. The UAW Local 6000 bargaining team has reached a preliminary agreement with the State of Michigan on contract negotiations on wages and benefits for a period of two years beginning October 1, 2017. The provisional agreement for UAW members working for the state of Michigan provides for salary increases over the two years of contract. About 200 local union leaders representing GM employees are expected to gather Thursday in Detroit for a National Council meeting to decide whether to send the tentative agreement to UAW members and when the strike is to end. Getting the new four-year agreement approved by the bottom line could be a challenge. GM outraged union workers last year by threatening four U.S. plants with possible closure, when it was proposed to keep at least one of those plants open. More: GM, UAW reach a proposed interim agreement; Continuation of strike Jodi Tinson, spokeswoman for the ACF, confirmed that a proposed preliminary agreement has been reached and said in a prepared statement that further details will be announced later.
The provisional agreement comes at the time of the upheaval for the UAW. Earlier this month, union president Gary Jones abruptly resigned in the face of allegations that he had abused union money. Jones has not been charged with a crime. His lawyer told the Detroit News that he resigned so as “not to distract the union from its primary task of improving the lives of its members and family.