General Motors has backtracked on a previous UAW contract proposal that would have allocated production of an electric pickup truck to the soon-to-be-shuttered Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant, according to media reports.
The same proposal would have also seen the automaker assign battery cell production to the closed Lordstown Assembly plant in Ohio, as well – a plan that is also now off the table.
“GM has backed away from a commitment to American workers,” an anonymous source told ABC affiliate WXYZ Detroit. “GM is reluctant to make commitments on other plants.”
The UAW released a statement Friday indicating that discussions with GM were progressing, only to release another on Sunday claiming they had broken down. One of the main reasons for this was GM’s reversal of a decision to re-open Detroit-Hamtramck and Lordstown, WXYZ’s report indicates. The union has said previously that it will not accept a contract proposal that doesn’t include new projects at the two assembly plants.
Lordstown Assembly, which formerly built the Chevrolet Cruze, was closed in March of this year, while Detroit-Hamtramck is set to shut down in January.
On Sunday, GM released a statement saying it will “continue to negotiate in good faith with very good proposals that benefit employees today and builds a stronger future for all of us. We are committed to continuing discussions around the clock to reach a resolution.”
In addition to re-opening the two plants, the UAW believed to be seeking increased wages, a revised pension plan and a clear path to full-time employment for temporary workers once they have been with the company for a certain amount of time.
The UAW has been striking since September 16, when roughly 50,000 unionized GM employees walked off the job site. GM is thought to have lost as much as $1 billion due to the strike so far.