Contract talks aimed toward ending a 21-day strike by the United Auto Workers (UAW) against General Motors have taken a turn for the serious situation, hitting a big snag over product commitments for US factories, a union official wrote in an email to members, the AP studies. The letter from UAW Vice President Terry Dittes casts doubt on whether or not there shall be a fast settlement within the contract dispute, which sent 49,000 workers to the picket lines on Sept. 16, crippling GM’s factories. Dittes’ letter says the union presented a proposal to the company on Saturday. He mentioned GM responded Sunday morning by reverting to an offer that had been rejected and made few changes.
The corporate’s proposal did nothing to address a host of items, Dittes wrote, specifying job security for members through the term of the four-year contract. A person briefed on the talks stated Sunday that the union voiced concerns about GM increasing production in Mexico, where it now builds pickup trucks, small automobiles, and two SUVs. The particular person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the talks are private, mentioned both sides are far apart on guarantees of new products in US factories. In a statement, GM said it continues to negotiate in good faith “with excellent proposals that benefit employees at present and builds a stronger future for all of us.”