UAW's strike against GM stretches to 36th day while members review contract details

Source: Xinhua| 2019-10-22 01:12:24|Editor: yan
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CHICAGO, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- The 48,000 members of the United Automobile Workers (UAW) with General Motors (GM) remain on strike on Monday while UAW leaders review details and vote on the tentative agreement with the automaker, according to The Detroit News report.

Monday marks the 36th day of the nationwide strike against GM, which began at 12:01 a.m. on September 16.

Members across 55 GM facilities in 19 states are supposed to turn in their ballots by October 25. The voting times are fixed by the local units of UAW. A majority vote by membership is needed to ratify the contract.

According to the proposed tentative agreement, GM promises permanent jobs for temporary employees, record ratification bonuses and the removal of a cap on profit sharing.

If members ratify the contract, GM promises to disperse a bonus of 11,000 dollars to every full-time worker and 4,500 dollars to every temporary worker. The bonus is used to make up the financial losses members suffer due to the strike.

Moreover, UAW members will receive 3 percent pay raises in the second and fourth year of the four-year agreement, and 4 percent lump sum payments in the first and third year.

It also allows GM to close three plants, including Baltimore Operations in Maryland, Lordstown Assembly in Ohio and Warren Transmission in Michigan.

The UAW and GM reached a tentative agreement on October 16.