UAW Council Sending Deal to Members, Strike Will Continue

While the UAW and General Motors have reached a tentative agreement to resolve their labor dispute, UAW leaders have decided that the union will remain on the picket line until workers ratify the deal.

It took a six and a half-hour meeting of the UAW GM national council to make the decision, Automotive News reports. AN says a union spokesperson said that the council voted to send the deal to members for ratification, but that they would stay on the picket line until that’s happened.

Information meetings and voting are set to start Saturday and should be done on October 25th, hopefully bringing an end to the now 32-day-old strike.

The deal includes $9 billion in investments from GM, Automotive News said, along with a commitment to keep Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly open as well as a path for temporary workers to get full-time status. It also includes bonuses and raises for workers, but would see the closure of a UAW-GM joint training center in Detroit. Lordstown Assembly in Ohio and transmission plants in Michigan and Maryland will close as well as a parts distribution center in California.

“There are some things that everybody liked,” a UAW-GM council member who asked not to be identified told Automotive News. “We obviously didn’t get everything we wanted, but it was clear that membership would be the final voice on it.