The UAW and General Motors have had a pretty good 2015 thus far, especially when considering the $5.4 billion investment for domestic manufacturing. That money is still being dispersed slowly but surely to plants and facilities across the U.S.
But, the UAW and GM are due for contract renewal, and GM announced they’ve begun discussions to replace the current four-year agreement, which expires this coming September.
“We must continue working as a team to put the customer first, protect the long-term health of the company, bolster shareholder value and strengthen job security,” said GM CEO Mary Barra. “The global competition is intense, but if we continue to collaborate, there are opportunities for growth that will benefit our employees and the business.”
Cathy Clegg, GM North America vice president of Manufacturing and Labor Relations, said GM and the UAW already partner every day to engage employees in improving the business.
“Formal talks begin today, but in recent years we’ve demonstrated our ability to develop creative solutions together,” said Clegg, who will serve as GM’s chief negotiator. “As a team we must continue to solve problems, build in quality and enhance competitiveness.”
Since the 2011 agreement with the UAW, GM has invested a total of $12.4 billion and created 6,250 new jobs. Agreements have also secured nearly 20,700 positions for UAW workers.