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Union says talks with GM have ‘taken a turn for the worse’

Union says talks with GM have ‘taken a turn for the worse’”

Major issues in these talks include GM's use of temporary workers, as well as the union's demand that the company finds work for some or all of the four plants it announced it would close. Re-opening the two plants has been a significant goal for UAW since the strike began. GM has offered to build its electric trucks in a plant that straddles the line between Detroit and the town of Hamtramck, which is scheduled to be idle in January when the sedans it builds go away.

"These negotiations have taken a turn for the worse", he said. The two sides debated whether a temp who was laid off could claim the accumulated time once called back, one of the people said. Many workers have moved from Lordstown to other GM cities to keep working for the company, but the cuts have also bumped people with lower seniority out of their jobs. UAW local leaders nationwide will convene in Detroit to decide whether to remain out of work until that ratification vote is completed.

Another factor is GM's push to close the UAW-GM Center for Human Resources in Detroit, according to a report from The Detroit Free Press citing three people familiar with negotiations.

GM leads all companies in automobiles produced in Mexico at just over 833,000 past year, according to LMC and the Center for Automotive Research, a think-tank based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. According to figures on the GM website, at of the end of August, GM produced 573,661 total vehicles in Mexico, and all but 47,601 came to the U.S. More than 2,500 cars were exported from Mexico to Canada.

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In a sign of how tense the talks have gotten on Sunday, Dittes sent a letter to Scott Sandefur, vice-president of labor relations for GM North America, to scold him for a lack of response to the union's offer.

General Motors said in its latest5 statement on the negotiations, "We continue to negotiate in good faith with very good proposals that benefit employees today and builds a stronger future for all of us".

The letter from UAW Vice President Terry Dittes casts doubt on whether there will be a quick settlement in the contract dispute, which sent 49,000 workers to the picket lines on September 16, crippling GM's factories.

The company said it is committed to talking around the clock to resolve the dispute.



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