United Auto Workers and General Motors Co. negotiators reached a tentative agreement today that, if approved by the union’s National Council and the membership, would end a strike that has reached its 31st day. No details were disclosed.
“We can confirm the UAW’s statement regarding a proposed tentative agreement,” a statement from the automaker said. “Additional details will be provided at the appropriate time.”
The UAW GM National Council – some 200 local leaders from around the country, representing 48,000 UAW-GM workers – will gather in Detroit tomorrow to decide whether or not to recommend the tentative agreement to the union’s membership for ratification. GM has 17,000 UAW workers in Michigan.
“The number-one priority of the national negotiation team has been to secure a strong and fair contract that our members deserve,” says Terry Dittes, UAW vice president and director of the UAW GM Department. “Out of respect for our members, we will refrain from commenting on the details until the UAW GM leaders gather together and receive all details.”
If the tentative agreement is approved by the National Council, that group will decide to either end the strike or continue it until the pact is ratified by the full membership.
Once the tentative agreement is approved, it will become a template for major issues in negotiations with Ford Motor Co. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.