The United Auto Workers Local 1853 has reached a tentative agreement with General Motors over issues surrounding the Spring Hill, Tennessee, assembly plant. The Daily Herald reported on Saturday that workers did not accept any concessions as part of the deal.
The deal addressed issues surrounding shift preferences, transfer opportunities and in-house policies and procedures. The local agreement also works alongside the UAW and GM’s national agreement, which isn’t due for a contract renewal until October 2019.
According to the report, GM did approach the union with concessions, but ultimately, the negotiating team did not accept and GM left off any concessions. Chairman Michael Herron said, “We gave up a tremendous amount in 2009 to help save GM. The team members said they were in no mood to concede, and quite frankly, neither was the bargaining committee.”
Herron added the local agreement also keeps the facility stable as GM looks at which facilities it will allocate new product to. Right now, the automaker is looking at which vehicles will be built in Spring Hill for 2020.
“It becomes an attractive site for more products and more job stability for our union members. I know that. I know new products are about to be allocated. We’re one of the No. 1 GM plants, and we wanted to keep it that way,” Herron said.