LANSING, Mich. (WLNS)– General Motors sent a letter to workers this morning addressing the ongoing strike, as it approaches week 4.
The letter was from GM Global Manufacturing Vice President, Gerald Johnson, saying that GM made an offer earlier this week that they feel is strong. The letter included that the offer includes things like increasing compensation, preserving health care benefits and providing a clear path to permanent employment for temporary workers.
Today, the UAW International Union released an official statement saying:
UAW URGES GENERAL MOTORS TO STOP PLAYING GAMES AT THE EXPENSE OF WORKERSUAW International Union
Since the beginning of this negotiation, GM has not taken the issue of our more than 48,000 members seriously. In fact, at every step of the way, GM has attempted to undermine the ongoing, good-faith efforts the UAW has made to end this strike.
The company’s strategy from day one has been to play games at the expense of the workers. It has released half-truths, ripped away health care in the middle of the night and it reverted to previously weak and unacceptable proposals in response to the UAW’s comprehensive solutions.
Our members are ready to get back to work, but GM is purposefully stalling the process to starve UAW-GM workers off the picket lines to protect millions of dollars of corporate bonuses.
These delaying tactics have human costs. Families are suffering, from Detroit to Texas to New York. This strike has been and continues to be about securing the American workers’ future.
The UAW continues to stay at the table night and day to get a good deal for our workers and to end this strike. We demand fair, middle class wages, quality benefits, a better pathway for temporary workers and job security.
A study done by the Center for Automotive Research found that Michigan is home to 40 percent of the UAW-GM workforce and is taking the hardest hit during the strike. It also found that weekly compensation in Michigan is estimated to decline $160 million while the strike lasts.
UAW Vice President, Terry Dittes also released a video today on the UAW International Union’s Facebook Page:
General Motors CEO Mary Barra joined the negotiations and asked the union to wrap up outstanding issues and respond to GM’s offer.
Dittes says until the Automobile Workers Committees finishes issues like investing in other U.S. factories and training union workers to handle future technology, there will be no response to the GM offer. Once those are finished, the union will respond.