Early Monday morning, three major sticking points between General Motors and the UAW negotiators as they pressed closer became a new preliminary Contract.
The two sides worked many hours over the weekend and ended around 10pm Sunday. The negotiators met at the main table Monday morning as some 46,000 UAW workers approached the one-month mark of a nationwide strike against GM. This means that a change to a contract part can affect other parts.
But here are the issues that were still the focus of discussion from the beginning of Monday.
- Workers on the rise : The union wants to cut the time frame for workers hired after 2007 Make them closer to those who were hired before 2007. Currently, these so-called in-progression workers are being hired for $ 17 an hour, which can rise to $ 28 in eight years. The union wants this to be reduced to four years, or ideally to a wage level for all workers. GM wants the progressive wage growth to be between four and eight years, say people close to the talks. This was a top agenda item with "many discussions" about the progression of the weekend, said one person close to the talks.
- Pension plans: The union wants the formulas for pensions and 401 (k) plans to be updated. Employees employed before 2007 receive a pension. Employees recruited after 2007 receive a 401 (k) contribution from the company. One person familiar with the plans said that over the past 12 years, neither formula has been adjusted for inflation.
- Product Distribution: In November, GM announced that four of its US plants would be shut down indefinitely: Detroit-Hamtramck, the Lordstown Assembly in Ohio, and Warren and Baltimore transmission plants. GM has proposed solutions for Detroit-Hamtramck and Lordstown. Detroit-Hamtramck would have an electric pickup built. A production facility for battery cells was to be built near Lordstown, and the decommissioned plant could be sold to a facility supported by the electromobile manufacturer Workhorse. However, it was unclear whether any of these solutions were agreed. Meanwhile, the interlocutors said the UAW has urged GM to build future gasoline-powered vehicles at US plants instead of assigning them to plants in Mexico. GM has resisted this, arguing that cheaper labor costs in Mexico are forcing production there to stay competitive. A production employee in Mexico is hired for $ 1.90 an hour. The UAW fears that the production of electric vehicles in the US means fewer jobs than traditional vehicle production.
These are the issues that seem to have been clarified for the moment, with the understanding that they may shift depending on how the other issues are resolved.  Temporary Worker: GM has agreed to allow temporary workers a path to continuity accepted by the union. The details of this path remain unclear. Temporary employees typically pay US $ 15 per hour and do not receive paid time off, profit sharing and reduced healthcare benefits. Many do the same or similar jobs as permanent employees. It is not known if the temporary workers would receive profit sharing or improved wages and benefits under the plan, but they will receive a ratification bonus.
Healthcare: The current health care plan, benefits, and labor costs remain unchanged. Hourly workers pay on average 3% of their healthcare costs.
Profit Sharing: The profit sharing formula is that the hourly labor force in North America earns $ 1,000 per $ 1 billion in pre-tax profits. However, the cap was set at $ 12 billion. This cap has been removed and the formula remains unchanged.
Ratification Bonus: GM initially offered a ratification bonus of $ 8,000, but has increased it. The final number will be higher than $ 8,000, but the amount is unclear.
Wages : The question of a wage increase has been clarified, but the persons in charge have stated that the information must remain the same as for the other outstanding issues.
One thing remains unknown, and that's the fate of the UAW GM Human Resources Center. GM wants to close it; The UAW still hesitates.
Detroit's downtown riverbank, east of downtown, is the base for joint programs run by the union and GM. A similar joint training center between the UAW and the FCA was one focus of a federal corruption investigation, which resulted in eleven charges. The prosecution has shown that funds earmarked for training have been deducted for dinners to wasteful personal expenses.
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