GM says offer to striking UAW included Detroit plant rescue, Ohio battery plant
September 14, 2019
The United Auto Workers called a strike at General Motors Co. plants nationwide starting at 11:59 p.m. Sunday after the two sides failed to reach an agreement. The walkout of 46,000 workers is the first national strike by the UAW in 12 years.
In a surprisingly detailed statement, GM said late Sunday morning that its offer to the union includes more than $7 billion in investments. It would create more than 5,400 jobs, boost base wage rates, pay lump-sum bonuses, improve benefits — and, The Detroit News has learned, rescue its Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly from closure and build a new battery plant in northeast Ohio.
“We presented a strong offer that improves wages, benefits and grows U.S. jobs in substantive ways and it is disappointing that the UAW leadership has chosen to strike at midnight tonight," the automaker said in a statement. "We have negotiated in good faith and with a sense of urgency. Our goal remains to build a strong future for our employees and our business.”
GM said it specifically offered investments in eight facilities in four states. It said it proposed introduction off an all-new electric truck, as well as opening the first union-represented battery cell manufacturing site in the U.S.
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