Dittes releases details of meeting with Barra, other UAW officials as strike continues

Posted at 7:12 PM, Oct 10, 2019

(WXYZ) — UAW-GM Vice President Terry Dittes released Thursday details of the Wednesday meeting between himself, General Motors CEO Mary Barra, and various other top UAW officials regarding the ongoing national strike.

In a letter sent to media Thursday evening, Dittes writes that the during the meeting, Barra requested that all committees "work to resolve their open issues simultaneously so the Company could receive a comprehensive proposal from the Union."

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Dittes says that request was agreed to. Now there are various committees that met following the meeting between Barra and UAW top officials. Those committees have been in discussion since the 3:30 p.m. meeting on Wednesday concluded.

"Nobody should take for granted that the union membership will ratify a tentative agreement," said Patric Anderson, an economist. "UAW VP Terry Dittes is taking great care to ensure the rank and file get to see that agreement before they agree to it. The importance of the "future of work" committee underlines what we have been pointing out since the beginning of this strike: it is more about the future than about the cash."

The committees are: Statement on Technological Progress, Future of Work, Sourcing, Document 13, CHR Resolution and UAW Legal Services.

Dittes says that after the committees conclude discussions, the UAW union will respond to GM's latest proposal that was presented on Monday, Oct. 7. They will then prepare a "comprehensive proposal" for the union member's consideration.

It is currently on day 25 of the national strike as both parties work toward reaching a tentative agreement.