Uaw Strike Agreement
Workers could be back in the factories by Saturday. Picket lines that have been occupied 24 hours a day by workers at GM`s West Virginia, Texas plants in the six weeks since the strike began on September 16 will end. The UAW strikers were relieved to hear the proposal, but said they needed to know the details before they were ready to ratify it. Although the number of unionized workers has declined for decades, strikes have given unions a sense of dynamism amid a broader national debate about pay and equity. Other unions, as well as more informal groups of organized workers, say they are paying attention. “The devil is in the details,” Crawford said. “I`m ready for a long strike, so if the contract is bad, I`ll vote no, and most people I talk to feel the same way.” The deal ends a costly strike for both UAW workers and General Motors, which has become one of the longest resignations in GM`s history. The ratification process requires a simple majority for the employment contract to go beyond the provisional phase. The proposed interim agreement will be reviewed by the National Council of GM, which was convened Thursday morning for a meeting in Detroit. If approved by the Council, the proposed pact will be subject to ratification by GM staff represented by the UAW.
The union said it had made considerable progress on the commission`s issues with the two car manufacturers, but final economic provisions and production promises have yet to be drawn up. This means that these contracts remain uncertain and that both companies are still vulnerable to strikes if union negotiators want to play this card. More than 2,000 Kohler Co. union workers returned to work after Wednesday night`s vote to accept a new four-year contract, ending a four-and-a-half-week strike at Sheboygan County`s largest employer. The employment contract includes compromises between the two parties on health costs and a two-stage compensation system, approved by the National Council, the proposal officially becomes an interim agreement that will be subject to ratification by GM workers on time. The ratification is expected to last one to two weeks. Production of Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 2020 pickups at the Silao Assembly plant in Mexico, as well as production of previous-generation pickups at GM`s Oshawa, Ontario, also declined during the strike due to a lack of parts. Detroit, me. – The UAW today completed a week-long ratification process on an interim agreement between the UAW and General Motors LLC.