Like a car with a dead battery on a Lodge Freeway shoulder, contract talks between the UAW and GM appear to be going nowhere. The strike is now entering its fourth week.
UAW Vice President Terry Dittes said Sunday that talks "have taken a turn for the worse." Here's his full statement:
Dear Union Brothers and Sisters:
On Saturday, October 5, 2019, your Bargaining Committee, along with the UAW International Staff, prepared an extensive package proposal and presented it to the Company at 5:35 pm. Our proposal addressed issues of wages, signing bonus, job security, pensions, skilled trades, profit sharing, transfer rights; to name just a few.
This morning, Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 9:05 am, GM provided a response. The Company’s response did not address our extensive package provided last evening. They reverted back to their last rejected proposal and made little change. The Company’s response did nothing to advance a whole host of issues that are important to you and your families! It did nothing to provide job security during the term of this Agreement.
We, in this Union, could not be more disappointed with General Motors who refuse to recognize the experience and talent of our Membership who make their world-class products and billions of dollars in profits.
Brothers and Sisters, after making some progress on important issues a couple of days ago, the Company has shown an unwillingness to fairly compensate the great workforce of the UAW.
These negotiations have taken a turn for the worse. Your issues are our issues, and our strength is with you, our great Membership. We will continue to negotiate on behalf of you, your families and all workers in our country.
Vice President and Director
UAW General Motors Department