The United Auto Workers and General Motors announced the union’s longest automotive strike in 50 years has ended and a deal had been reached. The UAW said: “Workers will begin to report to work as instructed by General Motors.”
“One of our top priorities is to restore the health of our parts distribution network,” GM spokesman Jim Cain wrote. “To speed up recovery and get parts flowing to dealerships, comprehensive plans are in place to maximise capacity by adding shifts, streamlining the hiring process for additional resources, and executing a balanced operation across receiving, network replenishment and shipping.”
He added: “Customer Care and Aftersales will continue to prioritise critical customer orders and the process of restarting our vehicle assembly operations is already underway. Many of our production suppliers have trailers filled and ready to ship, which allowed us to restart our component plants and some assembly plants over the weekend. By early November we expect to have our entire production system up and running.”
According to GM, the four-year GM-UAW deal includes a $11,000 signing bonus per regular worker and $4,500 per temporary staffer, according to GM. No cap will exist on profit-sharing, and employees can have either 3 percent wage increases or 4 percent lump sum payments every year of the contract.
“General Motors members have spoken,” UAW Vice President and UAW-GM director Terry Dittes said in a statement. “We are all so incredibly proud of UAW-GM members who captured the hearts and minds of a nation. Their sacrifice and courageous stand addressed the two-tier wages structure and permanent temporary worker classification that has plagued working class Americans.”
“We delivered a contract that recognises our employees for the important contributions they make to the overall success of the company, with a strong wage and benefit package and additional investment and job growth in our US operations,”
GM CEO Mary Barra said in a statement: “GM is proud to provide good-paying jobs to tens of thousands of employees in America and to grow our substantial investment in the US As one team, we can move forward and stay focused on our priorities of safety and building high-quality cars, trucks and crossovers for our customers.”
The deal’s planned spending in the US includes “an all-new electric pickup truck assigned to Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly” and 1,000 battery cell manufacturing jobs. It’s a sign GM remains committed to electric powertrains and that repairers will need to prepare for more of such vehicles in the near future.
This article courtesy of John Huetter of Repairer Driven Education (RDE). Check out their website at; http://www.repairerdrivennews.com/ for this and many other informative and educational articles on the collision repair industry.