General Motors (GM) is looking for a quick resolution of the ongoing strikes by United Auto Workers (UAW). The automaker recently urged the union to start 24×7 bargaining to help end the strike. All talks of negotiation have broken down between the two parties to date.
Aggressive bargaining tactics
The union’s strike has entered its 25th day and wreaking havoc on production at the company’s factories. Now General Motors (GM) wants the union to negotiate with it “around-the-clock” so that it could reach at least a tentative agreement.
CNBC quoted a letter it obtained North America- Labor Relations vice president at GM Scott Sandefur in which he presented a scathing criticism for the union for its failure to respond to a Monday offer made by the company. He wrote that the union should “engage in bargaining overall issues around-the-clock to get an agreement.” He argued that the lives of those employees are being disrupted because of the strike. The letter was addressed to UAW vice president and lead for the GM department, Terry Dittes.
Sandefur was quick to point out in the letter that General Motors (GM) wants to address the issue and engage in bargaining 24×7. Most meetings between the union and the company have ended early-evening since September 16. Note that some other documents from the automaker suggest that GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra has left Sandefur in charge of the day-to-day negotiations between the company and the union. Barra is said to have been involved in the talks as well and she met Gary Jones, the UAW president on Wednesday.
What does UAW want?
Dittes wrote a letter on Thursday suggesting that the union subcommittees are discussing several important issues like a training center, sourcing, and future of work. He noted that the union intends “to provide a comprehensive proposal” to the company without providing a definitive timeline for the same. However, he did mention that the union is working towards a tentative agreement.
The two parties are going back and forth with accusations and criticisms and Sandefur is specially frustrated with the fact that negotiations are being put on hold. However, none of them have made any public statements about the same. For now, a tentative agreement is the best solution for the parties, even though it would not solve the issues immediately. Any agreement between the two will demand a seal of approval from rank-and-file members and local leaders of the union.