The two sides in one of the biggest auto strikes in recent memory have reached a tentative deal.
“The United Auto Workers and General Motors have reached a tentative agreement that could end a, according to the union and the company.
Union leaders said the proposed agreement “represents major gains” for workers, although they would not comment on the details. A council of UAW leaders is scheduled to vote on the proposed agreement Thursday, which would then go to a vote by the union’s full membership.
The tentative deal does not immediately end the strike. As they vote on the proposed agreement Thursday, UAW leaders will also consider whether to end the strike or continue it until the full membership vote.
Workers left their jobs. They wanted a bigger share of GM’s profits as well as greater job security and a path to permanent jobs for thousands of temporary workers in GM factories. The company wanted to reduce labor costs to a level closer to U.S. factories run by foreign automakers.
The deal is likely to include some pay raises, lump sum payments to workers, and requirements that GM build new vehicles in U.S. factories, the Associated Press reports. Early on, GM offered new kinds of autos and parts to be made in Detroit and Lordstown, Ohio, two of the four U.S. cities where it planned to close factories.”
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