However, the union leadership decided that its almost 50,000 members will not return to work before the simple ratification vote on the provisional four-year agreement. That is, the strike, which began on September 16, could take up to eight days.
The union's negotiating committee recommended that the leadership accept the proposed agreement, grant salary increases to members, secure their health insurance cover without burdening them with the additional payments requested by management, and give GM's temporary workers the opportunity to join to improve -paid salaried employees.
The deal, however, did not involve relocation of vehicles that were now built in Mexico back to US plants. And it has not saved three of the four plants GM wanted to close last November ̵
In a statement, General Motors said, "We encourage the UAW to complete the ratification process as soon as possible so that we can resume operations and restore vehicles to our customers. Our goal during these negotiations was to ensure that the The future of General Motors benefits our employees, distributors, suppliers, and the communities in which we operate. "
UAW spokesman Brian Rothenberg said what the union had received in the contract when asked which has led them to refrain from retrieving product lines from Mexico: "We remain resolutely opposed to abandoning the allocation of works and will continue to fight for these jobs. You [UAW negotiators] have done everything to improve the situation . "
The strike was the biggest in a US company since the last strike at GM in 2007. But this strike was intraha lb of three days over. This is the longest big strike in the auto industry for more than 20 years.