Talks between UAW and GM take 'turn for the worse': union official

Here's how the strike affects GM workers and profits

As the US strike by the United Auto Workers union against General Motors Co GM.N nears three weeks, the main remaining issues in the negotiations have narrowed to wages and pensions, a person familiar with the talks said on Saturday.

In a letter to union members around 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Terry Dittes, vice president for the UAW GM Department, said that the UAW on Saturday afternoon had prepared an extensive proposal and presented it to GM.

Dittes told workers that the UAW's bargaining committee along with UAW global staff presented a new proposal to GM on Saturday afternoon that addressed numerous issues, including wage hikes, job security and profit-sharing. On Sunday morning, GM offered a response: one that Union Leaders say was the same one the UAW had already rejected.

Union leaders have argued that GM workers deserved a bigger slice of the company's record profits, which they say have totaled $35 billion in North America over the last three years.

The Detroit News is reporting that in a statement responding to the Dittes letter, GM said: "We continue to negotiate in good faith with very good proposals that benefit employees today and builds a stronger future for all of us".

"These negotiations have taken a turn for the worse", he said.

The strike means about 2,000 workers have been on temporary layoff since September 20 at GM's assembly plant in Oshawa, Ont.

Dalziel has been a GM worker for about 24 years.

"We are committed to continuing discussions around the clock to reach a resolution", GM's statement reads. "The law and basic decency require no less", Dittes added.

The change in tone about the state of talks followed word on Saturday from a person familiar with negotiations that the remaining outstanding issues centered on pensions and 401 (k) s and the narrowing of the pay gap for in-progression workers.

The strike comes almost a year after GM announced it was laying off 15 percent of its salaried workers and shuttering five plants in North America.

Besides better pay and benefits, the union wants GM to reactivate four factories shut down in November 2018.

Workers are being paid a weekly strike pay wage of $250.

Anderson says GM has lost about $600 million in revenue from the strike.

Looking ahead.the pressure is on for GM-analysts have put the cost of the strike so far at over $1 billion.

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