GM has reached a tentative agreement with the United Auto Workers (UAW) labor union over contract negotiations for subsidiary workers, avoiding a potential employee strike previously scheduled to go into effect this morning.
As GM Authority reported yesterday, the UAW and GM have been in contract negotiations for employees working at GM Subsystems Manufacturing LLC since May of 2021. It’s estimated that the negotiations affect the contracts for roughly 700 employees.
Following a stall in negotiations, UAW Vice President Terry Dittes acknowledged in a letter that a strike deadline was set for Thursday, June 30th, 2022 at 10 a.m., assuming that a deal could not be reached. Now, according to a report from Lansing State Journal, an agreement between GM and the UAW was found shortly before the strike deadline was set to take effect.
GM Spokesperson Dan Flores addressed the new agreement in an email, saying, “The UAW will now focus on the ratification process. We won’t be discussing details of the tentative agreement until the ratification process is complete.”
If the strike did indeed take effect, it would likely have impacted production at several Michigan-based GM facilities, including the GM Lansing Grand River plant (Cadillac CT4, Cadillac CT5, Chevy Camaro), the GM Flint plant (Chevy Silverado HD, GMC Sierra HD), and the GM Orion plant (Chevy Bolt EV, Chevy Bolt EUV).
GM Subsystems employees perform several functions that are vital to the automaker’s production capabilities, and it’s estimated that if the strike did take effect, GM’s production capabilities would be affected within hours. Additionally, UAW-represented maintenance employees working at the GM facilities listed above would have the right to honor an authorized picket line of UAW-represented employees involved in a labor dispute at the affected site. To note, subsystem employees working for GM are represented by a different contract than those employees working the assembly line or skilled trades.