General Motors Co and the United Auto Workers union have reached a tentative deal for a new four-year labor deal, moving the sides closer to ending the month-long strike that had drawn the attention of President Donald Trump and Democratic candidates in the 2020 presidential election.
"I feel betrayed", said Anthony Naples, a 25-year GM employee from Youngstown. However, after details of the tentative agreement were made public, it includes three large pills for workers to swallow. But they're also exhausted of striking and may return before they vote on the deal themselves.
Three vans full of former employees and UAW Local 1112 members drove to Detroit from northeast OH and other areas where they've been transferred since Lordstown stopped production of the Chevrolet Cruze in March.
Longtime Lordstown GM plant workers said this is not the solution they had hoped for. Analysts had said investors were comfortable with a strike that was costly upfront as long as the No. 1 US automaker maintained its long-term financial and strategic flexibility. "It's tearing all of our families apart". For his part, U.S. President Donald Trump put pressure on GM Chief Executive Mary Barra before the strike to preserve jobs at a vehicle plant in Lordstown, Ohio, that she had targeted for closure.
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"Today it could be Lordstown next week it could be another plant", she said. Already, some Lordstown workers are vowing to vote this tentative agreement down and refuse to ratify anything as long as the plant is slated for closure. Other issues included the fate of plants GM has indicated it may close, and the use of temporary workers.
Details of the four-year pact weren't released, but GM's latest offer to end the monthlong strike included wage increases and lump-sum payments, top-notch health insurance at little cost to workers, promises of new products for many US factories and a path to full-time work for temporary workers. Temporary employees will also get a ratification bonus of $4,500.
The company and the UAW reached a deal that would give workers a mix of pay raises, lump sum payments and an $11,000 signing bonus. Those plants include Lordstown Assembly in northeast Ohio, Baltimore Operations in Maryland and Warren Transmission in southeast MI. "But we are pleased that Detroit Hamtramck will remain open with new product". Lordstown Motors Corp.is a newly formed electric vehicle startup backed partly by Cincinnati-based Workhorse Group Inc., another electric vehicle startup.
The strikers around the Lansing Delta Township assembly plant in Lansing said that the devil is in the details.
GM does plan to build a battery-cell manufacturing plant as a part of a joint venture in northeast Ohio's Mahoning Valley, home to Lordstown. Analysts say the costs to GM will hit around $2 billion.