UAW pays strike pay as GM walk continues

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – United Nations union told Saturday that it will increase strike pay for 48,000 workers per hour by General Motors Co (GM.N(b) about $ 25 per week to $ 275 as a strike against the largest automotive at the end of its fourth week.

The walking workers union union the picket line outside General Truck Assembly of Flint Motors in Flint, Michigan, U., October 9, 2019. REUTERS / Brian Snyder

Discussions were on-going late on Saturday afternoon to try to resolve the longest national strike at GM since 1970, both sides said.

The UAW said that it would enable members to take up a part-time job without reducing their strike pay – provided they perform picket duty duties. The strike pay boom was increasing on 1 January.

In addition, on Saturday, details of a GM contract review proposal emerged, and a person was made aware of the matter confirming that GM had added its recommended bonus under $ 1,000 to $ 9,000.

GM has recommended that pay rises by 3% in the second and fourth years of the four-year contract and 3% and 4% lump sum payments in the first and fourth years respectively, and declared by the person. The company could make temporary workers for three years' service and would receive a bonus of $ 3,000 when the contract was ratified.

About 7% of workers are temporary workers each time in GM.

Details of the offer of a review of the GM contract made earlier this week emerged in a screenshot shot on Facebook by ABC-TV affiliate in Flint, Michigan. It is unclear whether GM has since revised any proposals.

GM appealed directly to UAW employees in a blog post on Friday which set out the latest bid aimed at ending the strike, drawing an angry response from the union that the automobile was trying to "expel workers from the union". picket lines. "

The GM appeal highlighted the conflict already costing over $ 1 billion and also forced her to divert around 10,000 workers in Mexico and Canada and dormant operations across North America.

UAW strike began on September 16, with the union looking for higher wages, more job security, greater share of profit and protection of health benefits. Suisse Credit estimated that the loss could occur in the region of $ 1.5 billion, and the Automotive Research Center estimated the weekly costs of GM and UAW strike fund at $ 450 million and $ 12 million, respectively.

As part of its revised offer, GM added to what it intends to invest in the US to about $ 9 billion from its previous offer of $ 7 billion, a source familiar with the bid. The UAW responded to a rebellion of its own on Friday.

Of the new total, $ 7.7 billion would be invested directly in GM plants and the remainder in joint ventures including a potential battery plant near the Lord's House, Ohio, a factory that is dormant, said the source.

The company said that the offer of compensation includes increased wages and once-off payments, preserves healthcare benefits from the industry without increasing operating costs and contributes to sharing unlimited unprofitable profits.

One of the five issues still under discussion is the fate of four U factories that suggested GM could close.

Reporting by David Shepardson; Edited by Daniel Wallis

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