General Motors CEO Mary Barra stealthily met with the United Auto Workers this week for the first time since the union's strike last month. On Wednesday, Barra asked UAW President Gary Jones and Terry Dittes, Vice President of the United States Union directing the main talks to come to a conference room near their office at 15:30, two people The meeting was known to The Post.
Shortly afterwards, Jones and Dittes were brought by armed guards to Barra's office in the Detroit Renaissance office complex, where GM has its headquarters, for about half an hour
as reported by the Post GM officials abruptly withdrew on Tuesday from a larger-scale meeting where officials were scheduled to discuss job security and bring jobs back from Mexico to the US. [1
UAW officials had been looking for a direct meeting with Barra to break the bargain. who have stopped for about five days.
As reported by The Post, UAW members even argued last week to hold a no-confidence vote against Barra to include them in the discussion. According to sources, the union leadership believes it was Barra who personally decided to lift the decision to cancel health insurance for striking workers.
During the surprise meeting on Wednesday it is unclear whether Barra offered or demanded concessions or which specific issues were discussed. Nevertheless, the meeting seems to have breathed new life into the negotiations, which reached their 25th day on Thursday.
Smaller groups have continued to meet to discuss details on pension benefits, pay issues and job security, two sources said.
No major meeting is planned for the remainder of this week, but they have usually come together quickly after the smaller groups have agreed on unanswered questions, the two said.
The ongoing strike has been painful Both the company and thousands of striking employees have shut down 34 plants nationwide. GM's shares have fallen more than 10 percent since the September 15 strike. Wall Street analysts fear that a persistent deadlock could reduce the company's bonds to junk status in strike pay.
The UAW's negotiators are primarily trying to move from Mexico to all of America's auto production lines, which they believe would create more job security and more jobs.
Business-to-Trade Talks Over the weekend, the situation worsened when GM rejected a UAW proposal with more payrollers and hourly workers. In a Sunday letter received from the post office, the UAW's Dittes accused the GM negotiators of not having "professional courtesy" to explain why they had refused the package source near GM.
GM and UAW spokespersons declined to comment.