UAW says GM labor talks ‘have taken a turn for the worse’

Striking United Auto Workers (UAW) walk the picket line in Hamtramck, Michigan, September 25, 2019.Rebecca Cook | ReutersThis is breaking news. Please check back for updates.DETROIT – The United Auto Workers’ strike against General Motors will continue, as the union on Sunday said talks between the sides have “taken a turn for the worse.”UAW Vice President Terry Dittes, in a letter to members on Sunday, said the union plans to continue to negotiate but the most recent proposal from the company on Sunday morning “reverted back to their last rejected proposal and made little change.” The offer, he said was a counter proposal from an “extensive package” the union provided to the automaker on Saturday night.”The Company’s response did nothing to advance a whole host of issues that are important to you and your families!” Dittes wrote. “It did nothing to provide job security during the term of the Agreement.”GM did not immediately have a response to the union’s letter, which comes on the 21st day of the union’s strike against the automaker.The union’s most recent proposal, according to Dittes, “addressed issues of wages, signing bonus, job security, pensions, skilled trades, profit sharing, transfer rights; just to name a few.”The Sunday letter is contradictory to a message from Dittes on Friday that cited “good progress,” however cautioned outstanding issues such as health care and a path for temporary workers to become permanent employees remained.

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