A mix of pay raises, lump sum payments and a US$11,000 signing bonus; in exchange for factories closing.
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.
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.
Even as talks continue, the company is leery of settling the strike and saddling itself with costs that it will have to pay later.
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.
The union wants a bigger share of GM’s more than US$30 billion in profits during the past five years.
Follows the full shutdown of vehicle production at the company’s Oshawa Assembly Plant.
On Friday, GM halted production on its flex line in Oshawa that produces the Chevrolet Impala and Cadillac XTS and employs about 650 workers.
In August, FBI raided the suburban Detroit home of UAW President Gary Jones as part of the widening federal investigation.
Unifor president Jerry Dias expects more cuts at Canadian operations.