Flint's Regina Knuckles, 46, remains warm next to a hearth on the fourth day of the UAW's nationwide strike against General Motors after the contract negotiations in Flint, Michigan, on Thursday, September 19, were interrupted. 2019. (Photo: Kimberly P. Mitchell, Detroit Free Press)
DETROIT – General Motors and UAW negotiators should continue the negotiations on the seventh day of a nationwide strike against a new contract.
Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren, who was for the first time the leader in a new poll in Iowa, was scheduled to join the strike at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant Sunday. UAW President Gary Jones called it "Solidarity Sunday" and invited the public to join the strikers across the country. Former Vice President Joe Biden, who was a leader in most Democratic elections, was expected at a rally in Kansas City, Kansas.
UAW leaders will be in negotiations rather than at the Detroit rally. Terry Dittes, the vice president of the union's GM department, will attend the talks at the Renaissance Center, and union president Gary Jones is expected to join the group, a pro-negotiator told the Free Press.
The auto workers are one of two groups represented by the UAW that strike GM facilities. About 850 janitors employed at Aramark were fired early Sunday at five GM sites in Michigan and Ohio. At the same time, the union's separate contract in 2015 expired with GM. About 24 hours later, 46,000 GM workers went on strike in the United States.
According to a source familiar with the talks, the negotiators resumed negotiations around 9 Sunday morning after they left for Saturday night.
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In the meantime, the Detroit Free Press has learned details about another important sticking point between the union and the automaker: profit sharing just ahead of union demands.
GM said it offers an improved formula that would increase profit sharing. The biggest problem seems to be that GM's offer did not include agency workers.
GM spokesman David Barnas said, "I can not comment on current negotiations / negotiations." He added that currently all classifications of GM hourly workers, with the exception of temporary workers, are entitled to profit sharing.
In a September 15 media release, GM stated that it had offered the UAW, inter alia, an "enhanced profit-sharing formula" in its original contract offer. The UAW rejected GM's offer, which contained numerous other components, and ordered its 46,000 workers to strike all 55 GM facilities in the United States early Monday morning.
A source with knowledge of GM's bid to the UAW, the union said it holds the profit sharing proposal for "concessionaire." It puts back the profit-sharing. "
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"The contract workers do not receive any profit sharing," said Harley Shaiken, one Professor specializing in labor at the University of California at Berkeley. "If 10% of your workforce does not get it, that's a Whoa! That's a big check, and if you do not get it and you do the same job as someone next to you who gets it, you will not be that night." celebrate with them. "
However, GM has the car industry's most generous profit sharing plan for hourly employees, a corporate spokesman said, citing a study by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago.
GM's annual profit share over the last four years has surpassed $ 10,000 a year, the company said.
The government-funded US General Social Survey found that 32% of American employees received a share of their company's profits last year. The average payout was $ 2,000.
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A GM employee typically receives $ 1,000 for every $ 1 billion of North American pre-tax profits from GM, Shaiken said.
This year, most of the hourly workers received checks for $ 10,750 based on GM's North Ame Justin McCauley (36) from Saginaw is a temporary worker with three years of experience at General Motors Flint's assembly plant, where he reports strikes on the fourth day of the business UAW's nationwide strike is against General Motors following stalled contract negotiations in Flint, Michigan, on Thursday, September 19, 2019. ” width=”540″ data-mycapture-src=”” data-mycapture-sm-src=””/>
Justin McCauley, 36, of Saginaw, is a temporary worker with three years experience in General Motors Flint's assembly plant, where he knows strikes on the fourth day of the UAW's nationwide strike against General Motors after stalled contract negotiations in Flint, Michigan, on September 19, 2019. (Photo: Kimberly P. Mitchell, Detroit Free Press)
For Profit Sharing At the end of the year, an employee must be a full-time, full-time GM UAW employee, as one familiar with the program Person said. Some workers may qualify for benefits through other provisions, but according to the source, the main criterion is a full-time, permanent employee at the end of the year.
For a worker to receive the full $ 10,750, he must have earned 1,850 hours during the year. These paid hours include overtime. A "large majority" reach that threshold and receive the full payout, the person said.
If you do not reach the 1,850 paid hours, you will receive a pro-rata amount based on the number of paid hours.
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For example, if a person had 1,500 hours compensated in 2018, that would be divided by 1,850 and multiplied by $ 10,750. They would get about $ 8,716. If a newer year-end rent had only 100 paid hours, divided by 1,850 and multiplied by $ 10,750, they would receive about $ 581.
"Individual payouts are a matter of the number of paid hours you have, not your compensation.
GM has, in turn, made a strong offer "that substantially improves wages, benefits and US job creation, and it is disappointing that the UAW Leadership has decided to strike today at midnight. We have negotiated in good faith and with a sense of urgency. Our goal remains to create a strong future for our employees and our company. "
GM has also offered solutions for unassigned assembly plants in Michigan and Ohio. This is related to GM's announcement last autumn to shut down two transmission plants, one in Warren and one in Baltimore. along with Lordstown Assembly in Ohio and Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly.
GM's proposed solutions would include the construction of an electric pickup and batteries in Detroit-Hamtramck and a facility to manufacture battery cells in a part of Lordstown. GM is continuing discussions on the sale of Lordstown to an investment group that includes the electric vehicle manufacturer.
GM's public overview of his proposal also included $ 7 billion in investment and 5,400 jobs. It listed investments in eight facilities in four states, additional new car and drive programs, an improved profit-sharing formula, a $ 8,000 ratification payment, and health care maintenance, including new cover for autism therapy, chiropractic and allergy testing.  Nothing was said about two important issues for the UAW: compensation for in-progress workers hired since 2007 who are paid less than former workers; and creating a path to permanent employment for temporary workers. GM is known to want more flexibility in the use of temporary workers.
The following important points are known in the discussions:
Healthcare : GM initially suggested that workers pay 15%. from their cost, from their current 3%, but allegedly withdrew. The workers are determined to maintain their cover, which is far more favorable to them than to almost all other American workers. GM, which spends US $ 1 billion on healthcare annually, transferred the responsibility for those costs to the UAW strike fund during the strike and sparked fierce clashes between the two sides.
Wages: Workers whose paychecks have been down 16% since 2010 have their turn to be rewarded after years of profits for GM and the other automakers. They also want to offset wages for post-2007 workers starting at $ 17 an hour and rising to $ 28 an hour after seven years. GM initially offered 2% increases and 2% lump sums in the year of the next four-year contract. This is below the salary increases that GM raised in the 2015 contract by 3% in the first and third years and by 4% in the following years.
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Temporary Employees: Approximately 7% to 10% of GM's workforce over the course of a year are temporary workers who receive $ 15 an hour and have no opportunity to transfer if their facility closes. The union wants them to find a permanent way. GM wants the right to hire more temporary workers for flexibility.
Job Security: GM has offered $ 7 billion in investments and announced that it will maintain or maintain 5,400 jobs over the contract period. But only half of these jobs will be new, the other half will retain positions. And while the $ 7 billion would be invested in facilities with UAW representation, there would be some joint ventures with contracts that are separate from the union contract with GM. Also, not all the money would come from GM.
The union has decided to first negotiate with GM to reach a model agreement, which can then be passed on to Ford and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, who are working on contract renewals.
Developments so far
- The UAW strike against GM is being perpetrated by thousands of subcontractors who have temporarily laid off workers because GM assembly plants are not accepting deliveries.
- On Monday, when the strike continues, GM will shut down part of its DMAX engine plant in Moraine. Ohio, GM spokesman Dan Flores said. The company is building the 6.6-liter turbocharged diesel engine in heavy duty pickups from GM, a product of Flint Assembly Plant. Some 550 DMAX workers represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers will be temporarily released. DMAX will continue to build engine blocks but not full engines.
- Unifor, Canada's Auto Workers' Union, announced Friday that 4,500 of its members were temporarily fired, CNBC reported. These include 1,200 employees at GM's truck assembly plant in Oshawa, Ontario, which was shut down late Tuesday due to a lack of parts manufactured at UAW's US plants. On Friday morning, Oshawa's car line stopped due to a shortage of parts that caused the US strike, GM said. At present, around 2,000 employees per hour will be temporarily dismissed at the automaker, which is scheduled to close at the end of the year.
- Oshawa's punching shop continues. It punches sheets for the CAMI plant in Ontario, where the Chevrolet Equinox SUV is built. Unifor told CNBC that GM plans to temporarily lay off 700 additional employees at the company's St. Catharines plant Monday and reassess production at the CAMI plant next week if the strike continues. A GM spokesman declined to comment on speculation.
- GM said its plants in Mexico are still in operation, but watch the situation daily.
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