In a brief statement on the agreement, GM said: « We can confirm the UAW statement on a proposed interim agreement. Further details will be provided in due course. « I hope they would publish the white paper, that`s where the whole language is. It`s the full contract with the changes that have been made and everything that`s been added, » said Dave Green, former president of UAW Local 1112 in Lordstown, Ohio, an assembly plant that was closed earlier this year. « I`ve been with GM for many years. The highlights are great, but I also want to know about the lowlights, so I have to go through the white paper before I make a decision. Flint Assembly employee Tommy Wolikov said he was convinced that the proposed interim contract would be good, but that a key issue for him was to be able to ratify it if he guaranteed a new Mexican product. The interim agreement comes after GM Chief Mary Barra and President Mark Reuss negotiated for the first time at the negotiating table on Tuesday morning. The agreement will include salary increases, a ratification bonus of at least $9,000, GM`s promises to create or maintain 9,000 jobs over the next four years, a way for temporary workers to become permanent, and other elements. UPDATE 17.10.19, 3:30 p.m.m: Automotive News reports this afternoon that the terms are discussed in the proposed agreement. The UAW GM Council met today for most of the day, but has not yet made a recommendation for a vote on ratification.
Under the terms of the interim agreement, the Hamtramck plant near Detroit, which currently employs about 800 people to build the Cadillac CT6 and Chevrolet Impala, would not close as planned and GM would build its future electric pick-up truck there; but the Lordstown assembly plant in Ohio, with transmission sites in Michigan and Maryland, would close permanently. GM made a statement to AN in which it said it would continue its battery production projects in Ohio and invest $9 billion in U.S. plants. GM plans to build a battery production unit as part of a joint venture in the Mahoning Valley in northeastern Ohio, where Lordstown lives. The facility represented by the union would be part of its promised investment in the proposed agreement, two sources familiar with the situation said, but it would not be explicitly included in the union`s master contract with GM. Picketing United Auto Workers Richard Rivera, left, and Robin Pinkney are responding to the news of a tentative deal with General Motors, in Langhorne, Pa., Wednesday, October.