(WYTV) – A meeting held Sunday has ended and the United Auto Workers has declared a strike.
The strike was announced after a meeting with General Motors about the union’s expired contract with the automaker Sunday morning.
UAW Vice President Terry Dittes says their workers will stand together for what they deserve.
“We stood up for General Motors when they needed us most. Now we are standing together in unity and solidarity for our Members, their families and the communities where we work and live.”
GM says they gave a strong offer that would improve wages and benefits for UAW workers:
“We presented a strong offer that improves wages, benefits and grows U.S. jobs in substantive ways and it is disappointing that the UAW leadership has chosen to strike at midnight tonight. We have negotiated in good faith and with a sense of urgency. Our goal remains to build a strong future for our employees and our business.”General Motors
Their offer details included over $7 billion in investments and more than 5,400 jobs. They also included solutions for unallocated plants in Michigan and Ohio, investments in eight facilities, the introduction of electric trucks, the opportunity to become the first union-represented battery cell manufacturing site in the United State and additional new vehicle propulsion plans.
They say they would also wage or lump sum increases in four years, improve their profit-sharing formula, retain their health care benefits and have new coverage for autism therapy care, chiropractic care and allergy testing.
An anonymous source told the Associated Press that GM offered new products for two plants, including the one in Lordstown.
The contract expired at midnight on Saturday.
On Sunday morning, the organization released a statement saying GM refuses to help UAW members.
“UAW helped rebuild General Motors when they were near extinction, now they’ve reached record-level profits. If GM refuses to give even an inch to help hard-working UAW members and their families then we’ll see them on the picket lines tonight.”United Auto Worker
According to the Associated Press, the union is made of 49,000 members.
President of the UAW Gary Jones says they told GM they would protect their workers.
“We told UAW GM members that we would stand up for them and their future.”
The Union says they’re going on strike to secure fair wages, affordable healthcare, their share of profits, job security and a defined path to permanent seniority for temporary workers.
Thousands of employees are scheduled for work Sunday. In letters to members, the union told workers to report to their jobs if they’re scheduled to work.
UAW leadership told members that “significant differences” remained key issues and bargaining until the 11:59 p.m. Saturday deadline and then continued Sunday morning.
One of those issues was un-allocating the GM plant in Lordstown, which is at the heart of a UAW lawsuit against the automaker.
G.M. is seeking to lower health-care costs and other expenses and the union hopes to get the automaker to produce more vehicles at United States plants and to possibly reopen the factory in Lordstown, Ohio, that was idled in March.
A UAW press release was sent out Saturday night says over 850 Aramark maintenance workers in Parma, Ohio and Hamtramck, Flint and Grand Blanc, Michigan were going on strike over better wages, health care and retirement.
They sent a statement about their workers in Parma, Ohio:
“Every day, UAW members go to work and keep these plants profitable. It’s astounding that Aramark has not agreed to bargain in good faith over their contributions.”UAW Region 1 Director Frank Stuglin
“Every day these UAW members play a crucial role in keeping these plants operating. Aramark needs to provide these workers with fair wages and benefits.”UAW Region 2B Director Rich Rankin
Tim Ryan says the workers deserve better.