For now, the work stoppage is underway, although now that the UAW-GM National Council has sent an interim agreement to members, employees of GM suppliers may soon return to work. However, a ratified treaty is not guaranteed. Here`s what the Free Press is able to learn about the details of the UAW`s preliminary agreement proposal with General Motors. « The national bargaining team`s top priority was to get a strong and fair contract that our members deserve, » said Terry Dittes, UAW Vice President, Director of the union`s GM Department. « Out of respect for our members, we will not comment on the details until GM UAW leaders meet and receive all the details. » The proposed interim agreement will be discussed Thursday by the National Council, nearly 200 union leaders who meet in Detroit at 10.30 .m Thursday. If they agree, an interim agreement will be formally submitted to the ratification of GM staff represented by the UAW. The UAW strikers were relieved to hear the proposal, but said they needed to know the details before they were ready to ratify it. Under the agreement, full-time workers who worked for three years or more would be permanently hired from January 6, a priority request from the UAW and many members. Part-time workers who have worked for at least two uninterrupted years become regular employees as of January 1, 2020.
Temporary workers who work for at least one year are also entitled to paid and unpaid leisure time. The agreement will include salary increases, a ratification bonus of at least $9,000, GM`s promises to create or maintain 9,000 jobs over the next four years, a way for temporary workers to become permanent, and other elements. At around 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, the details of the contract were released for both hourly workers and employees: according to the details, full-time workers will receive from January 6, 2020 a reduced path to the permanent state. From 1 January 2021, a way for part-time workers to become ordinary status under the agreement will be put in place. If the provisional agreement does not get a majority of votes, it is again up to the rope for GM negotiators and the GM UAW negotiating committee to reach agreement on the objections raised. Compensation: Auto workers` wages have fallen 16% relative to inflation since 2010, according to the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor. The proposal provides for wage increases and lump sum payments of 3 to 4%. The exact details of the increases were not known. In the 2015 contract, employees received a 3% pay increase compared to years 1 and 3 and 4% in lump sum payments for menopause. Interim workers: The union insisted that temporary workers receive a better offer from GM.
Both sides have agreed that temporary workers should become permanent workers and details have yet to be disclosed. The United Automobiles Workers` interim four-year agreement with General Motors Co. would give temporary workers a means to obtain fully equipped employment, would not change health plans, remove the profit-sharing cap, give pay increases or bonuses each year of the contract, and offer a record ratification bonus, according to a summary of the union contract. Sean Crawford, a union worker at Flint Assembly, said that if the details of the proposal fell short of what he had on strike, he was willing to continue walking on the picket lines. The agreement also includes ratification bonuses of $11,000 (compared to $8,000 in 2015) for permanent employees. Temporary employees would receive a $US 4,500 ratification bonus, up from 2,000 $US in 2015. The company would pay the bonuses during the second pay period after the agreement was ratified. A cap of $12,000 for recipient companies is also being removed and permanent employees continue to receive US$1,000 for every $1 billion in upstream tax revenue generated by GM in North America. « We have