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The 31-day strike could end soon, but it's not over yet.

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The UAW National General Motors Council is scheduled to meet starting at 10:30 a.m.in the Detroit Renaissance Center and will vote on a proposed tentative agreement reached by negotiators for GM and the union.

The entire membership also must vote. Now that GM has been nursed back to health - earning $2.42 billion in its latest quarter - they wanted a bigger share.

The work stoppage has rippled throughout the automaker's North American operations, causing thousands of additional layoffs.

"I've never felt prouder to be a union member", he said in a news release. A deal is allegedly still in the works to sell the existing Lordstown plant to EV startup Workhorse. The assembly plant in Lordstown went idle in March. The tentative agreement is a key step, but not the finish line. From here, the union's national GM council will review the agreement, which is expected to take place on Thursday.

After taking concessions a decade ago to help GM return from bankruptcy, UAW members were bitter their compensation hasn't grown with the company's return to profitability, and angry about plans to close four US plants.

While morale remains high, Zuniga said he continues to hear that talks between the two sides are getting closer to a resolution to end the strike.

John P. Beck, an associate professor at Michigan State University's School of Human Resources and Labor Relations, tells TIME that employees are angry that while they made major sacrifices during the company's 2009 bankruptcy, they don't seem to be benefiting now that the company is more profitable.

General Motors confirmed a proposed agreement was reached but offered no details.

"If we had our druthers, we would love to have our "partner" jobs be GM workers under our umbrella", said Mike Herron, chairman of UAW Local 1853.

"The number one priority of the national negotiation team has been to secure a strong and fair contract that our members deserve", said UAW Vice President Terry Dittes, Director of the UAW GM Department. Out of respect for our members, we will refrain from commenting on the details until the UAW GM leaders gather together and receive all details. "Because we always knew our fate would depend on this, and once we find out what's in the details, then we'll go from there and hopefully it's good news for us here at Local 1112". "I commend the UAW's national negotiators for standing firm to deliver on what their members demanded and hope this will bring an end to one of the most courageous fights I have ever seen".

The union disclosed that GM's Barra met with the UAW's Jones and Dittes at the company's Detroit headquarters, seeking to speed up talks, as the strike neared its fourth week.

UAW leaders also have credibility issues: President Gary Jones was implicated last month by federal prosecutors in an indictment of a former confidant who conspired to embezzle member dues and spend the money on stays at luxury villas, golf gear and cigars. Otherwise, workers will remain on strike until the union fully ratifies the proposed labor agreement. During the October 17 meeting, the Council will decide whether to continue the strike until ratification concludes or to stop the strike at the time of the Council's approval of the agreement.

The strike immediately brought GM's US factories to a halt and, within a week, started to hamper production in Mexico and Canada.



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