Fiat Chrysler Autos has recently finished up discussions with the United Auto Workers union for a more generous contract going forward, but General Motors CEO, Mary Barra, stated GM won’t automatically follow the same formula, speaking to The Detroit News on the sidelines of a conference.
She said negotiations would focus on creating the best deal for GM, and its employees.
“We’ll work through it,” said Barra, noting that UAW President Dennis Williams has said “the companies are different” and in “different situations.”
GM hasn’t begun negotiations on the same level FCA has with the UAW yet, and it’s unclear whether Ford or GM will be next up to bat for discussions after voting takes place with FCA.
Expanding on the topic, Barra had the following to say:
We haven’t started our negotiations at this level yet, and when we get there, we’re going to work and do the same creative problem solving that we’ve done day in and day out, and work to have an agreement that’s good for the company and maintains our competitiveness — and does the right things for the institution and for our workers.
Barra also noted the company is still reviewing the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership, saying she neither supports or opposes it at this time.
“It is early days, and we have to start by first understanding it. The details are important, so we’re still in an evaluation mode,”