A tentative deal between General Motors and the United Auto Workers doesn't include a full agreement on bringing manufacturing back to Lordstown, Ohio, a city that's been a focus of both the union and President Trump, The Post has learned.
The national strike against GM began on September 15 and by the next day, almost 50,000 union members had stopped reporting to work. Now that GM has been nursed back to health - earning $2.42 billion in its latest quarter - they wanted a bigger share.
The agreement still has to be ratified on by rank-and-file union members before it officially goes into place. The Lordstown area will get an electric vehicle battery factory, but it won't have almost as many workers as the assembly plant that for years made compact GM cars.
The strike closed more than 30 GM plants in the USA, which created parts shortages that forced an nearly complete shutdown of GM's assembly plant in Oshawa, Ont., and the partial shutdown of its engine plant in St. Catharines, Ont. GM announced plans to close four U.S. plants last November. "This contract is going to show which side the UAW is on", Joe, a young worker at GM's Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant, told the WSWS Autoworker Newsletter.
Mark Nichols, a worker at the GM transmission plant in Toledo, Ohio, says his savings are running low. That number has risen since then to more than 2,300.
The UAW and GM announced in statements Wednesday they'd reached a proposed tentative agreement but didn't offer details of the agreement to the public or to workers. However, on March 6, the last Chevrolet Cruze small auto rolled off the assembly line at the Lordstown plant.
UAW President Gary Jones at the union's bargaining convention in Detroit said job security and stopping the shift of U.S.jobs to Mexico were top priorities for the contract talks. The following month, he pleaded guilty. A deal is allegedly still in the works to sell the existing Lordstown plant to EV startup Workhorse.
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Wall Street investors liked news that the strike could end. He added that it was GM's only facility in IL.
In August, the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided the suburban Detroit home of UAW President Gary Jones.
In a Wednesday news release, the UAW confirmed it agreed to a tentative labor contract with the automaker.
Little is known about the proposed agreement, but the union claims to have "achieved major wins for UAW-GM members".
While details of the tentative agreement were not immediately available, Timothy G. Nash, senior vice president and director of The McNair Center for the Advancement of Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at Northwood University, said he has mixed feelings on the strike's potential end. On Sept. 26, GM reversed its decision.
The strike started last month after the union's previous four-year contract with GM expired. It happened on day 31 of the strike.
The union went into these talks with a posture that GM has made record profits since the last 2015 contract and concessions that helped save the company during bankruptcy a decade ago that needed to be addressed. GM and other carmakers are also struggling to make the transition to electric and autonomous vehicles. The UAW's national council will decide Thursday whether to recommend the agreement for a ratification vote, and if the strike will continue while members cast ballots.