GM gives update to employees while UAW urges automaker to 'stop playing games'

Posted at 8:48 AM, Oct 11, 2019

(WXYZ) — General Motors sent a letter to employees updating the state of negotiations with the UAW on day 26 of the strike.

According to the letter, GM said it presented an offer on Monday that it felt "achieved our mutual objectives." The company said the offer would increase compensation, preserve health care benefits and commit to new jobs in the U.S.

"We have advised the Union that it's critical that we get back to producing quality vehicles for our customers," GM said in the letter. "We remain focused on building a stronger future for everyone."

Read the full letter to GM employees here.

The UAW recently released this statement calling on the automaker "to stop playing games at the expense of workers."

Since the beginning of this negotiation, GM has not taken the issue of our more than 48,000 members seriously. In fact, at every step of the way, GM has attempted to undermine the ongoing, good-faith efforts the UAW has made to end this strike.
The company’s strategy from day one has been to play games at the expense of the workers. It has released half-truths, ripped away health care in the middle of the night and it reverted to previously weak and unacceptable proposals in response to the UAW’s comprehensive solutions.
Our members are ready to get back to work, but GM is purposefully stalling the process to starve UAW-GM workers off the picket lines to protect millions of dollars of corporate bonuses.
These delaying tactics have human costs. Families are suffering, from Detroit to Texas to New York. This strike has been and continues to be about securing the American workers’ future.
The UAW continues to stay at the table night and day to get a good deal for our workers and to end this strike. We demand fair, middle class wages, quality benefits, a better pathway for temporary workers and job security.

Read the full UAW statement here.