Jeff Rathburn of Local 598 and a material driver at GM Flint Assembly Plant discuss the strike.
Eric Seals, Detroit Free Press
UAW and General Motors negotiators were present until about 3 am before they stopped and resumed talks in the morning.
It was the first working session of the night since the union's strike on September 16 at 00:01 in the morning said people who were close to the talks and spoke on condition of anonymity.
The late night is a positive sign, but no certainty that a preliminary deal is imminent. Only the subcommittees negotiated and worked until the early hours of the morning. The top bargain hunters had not gathered at the main table late Thursday morning.
This is the fourth week that 46,000 GM trade unionists are striking nationwide. On Monday, GM submitted a new contract proposal to the union. Those close to the talks said the union was still working to respond.
Colin Lightbody, a former employment agency for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, said the long session was a step in the right direction, but no slam dunk.
"Usually it's the main table you want to see deep into the evening," said Lightbody. "But the fact that subcommittees meet until the wee hours is a good sign."
Lightbody was director of the FCA for Labor Economics until his retirement in 2018. He is now President of HR & Labor Guru Inc., a consulting firm in Windsor, Ontario. He spent 20 years with the FCA and worked on five national negotiations in the US and seven in Canada with their auto worker unions.
"To my knowledge, the UAW has not responded to GM's latest contract offer filed on Monday morning, which at this stage of the game would be expected to see bids and counter-bids every few hours as parties approach a deal not be traded every few days. "
He said he remains positive because" at least the two parties are still talking. "
The ongoing strike calls for a tribute from GM, strikers and the related community Analysis estimates that up to 100,000 workers have been dismissed, wage cuts threaten or otherwise affected by the strike against GM.