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UAW says its negotiations with GM have taken a turn for the worse

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Two GM employees on strike, one, a temp worker celebrating her 37th birthday, the other a skilled tradesman of 48 years speak.
Kathleen Galligan, Detroit Free Press

DETROIT – The United Automobile Workers’s lead negotiator said talks with General Motors have “taken a turn for the worse” Sunday morning.

In a letter to union members around 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Terry Dittes, UAW vice president for the GM Department, said at 5:35 p.m. Saturday the UAW prepared an extensive package proposal and presented it to GM.

“Our proposal addressed issues of wages, signing bonus, job security, pensions, skilled trades, profit sharing, transfer rights; to name just a few,” Dittes said.

GM responded at 9:05 a.m. Sunday, Dittes said.

“The Company’s response did not address our extensive package provided last evening,” DIttes wrote. “They reverted back to their last rejected proposal and made little change. The Company’s response did nothing to advance a whole host of issues that are important to you and your families! It did nothing to provide job security during the term of this Agreement.”

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He wrote that the union, “could not be more disappointed with General Motors who refuse to recognize the experience and talent of our membership who make their world class products and billions of dollars in profits.”

Dittes said that after making progress on key issues “a couple days ago, the company has shown an unwillingness to fairly compensate the great workforce of the UAW. These negotiations have taken a turn for the worse. Your issues are our issues, and our strength is with you, our great membership. We will continue to negotiate on behalf of you, your families and all workers in our country. “

GM had no comment on Dittes’ letter or the status of negotiations.

Follow Jamie L. LaReau on Twitter @jlareauan

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