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Talks between GM, UAW labor union stall

John Kirk right a 20-year-employee pickets with co-workers outside the General Motors Fabrication Division Friday Oct. 4 2019 in Parma Ohio Talks between GM, UAW labor union stall
Patty Aguilar | 08 October, 2019, 03:27

Talks to end a strike by General Motors workers across the US have taken a "turn for the worse".

On Sunday morning, the union published a letter from Terry Dittes, vice president of and director of the union's GM department, that stated negotiations have "taken a turn for the worse".

According to Dittes, the union presented a proposal to GM officials on Saturday. The UAW said GM reverted to a previously rejected proposal with only minor changes.

GM workers on the picket lines Monday in Flint were frustrated and in a state of disbelief with the weekend turn of events.

Industry analysts say GM is losing more than $80 million a day as the strike continues.

It's the issue that has kept UAW workers on the picket line since September 16, no matter the weather conditions or time of day.

Major issues in these talks include GM's use of temporary workers, as well as the union's demand that the company finds work for some or all of the four plants it announced it would close. It also plans to halt work at the Hamtramck assembly plant in Detroit early next year.

"GM has backed away from a commitment to American workers", one source said. GM also has underused plants in Orion and Lansing, Michigan, and another in Kansas City, Kansas. But there is no promise for the idle compact auto plant in Lordstown, Ohio.

GM leads all companies in automobiles produced in Mexico at just over 833,000 a year ago, according to LMC and the Center for Automotive Research, a think-tank based in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Dittes released an additional letter on Sunday afternoon regarding the rejection of a package proposal.

In a statement, GM said it continues to negotiate in good faith "with very good proposals that benefit employees today and builds a stronger future for all of us". "We are committed to continuing discussions around the clock to reach a resolution". GM has had to halt work at some of its other plants in Canada and Mexico due to the strike, idling almost 10,000 additional GM workers who are not part of the UAW.

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