GM’s latest offer included wage increases, lump-sum payments, top-notch health insurance, promises of new products for many US factories.
Union touts “major gains” for workers after months of bargaining.
But signs are UAW and the automaker are progressing on key issues.
Walkouts in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Florida over wages, job security and pension and health benefits.
Looking for job security: vehicles sold in the US should be made in the US.
Unifor president Jerry Dias believes the automaker can run the plant through to the end of October.
Union says offer did nothing to provide job security during the term of the agreement.
Workers howled and GM received withering criticism from politicians and on social media about cutting off the benefits.
Minor issues largely are resolved, focus shifts to wages, use of temporary workers and other contentious issues.
Unifor president Jerry Dias expects more cuts at Canadian operations.
Committees working on wages, health insurance costs, temporary workers and new work for plants slated to close.
Companies are looking to adjust production schedules to adapt to the disruption.
More than 49,000 United Auto Workers members have brought to a standstill more than 50 factories and parts warehouses.
Unifor president cites plant cutbacks and closures on both sides of the border following pledges to maintain operations.
33 manufacturing plants down in nine states across the US, plus 22 parts distribution warehouses.