As GM Authority previously reported, General Motors and the United Auto Workers (UAW) union recently began contract negotiations. In an effort to make the dialogue between the two entities more transparent, the Detroit-based automaker has launched a new website advertising the newest developments.
According to a report from Detroit Free Press, this move from GM is in response to UAW President Shawn Fain giving regular live updates on social media outlining the union’s goals in negotiations. It’s worth noting that while this isn’t the first time The General has launched a website for union bargaining, this page is actually the first site designed for GM’s global workforce in lieu of news media or investors.
“Negotiations are all about supporting our more than 50,000 manufacturing employees in the U.S. and the larger GM team,” GM spokesperson David Barnas was quoted as saying. “Digital communication is how most people get their information, so this site is available to anyone interested in GM, both internally and externally.”
As a brief reminder, negotiations are expected to be quite stiff, as the UAW has already threatened to go on strike with any of the Big Three if it doesn’t receive what it perceives as a fair contract.
“We are proud of the robust total compensation and benefits package we provide to our team members, including a world-class healthcare plan, a profit-sharing program that just distributed the largest bonus payments ever to our employees, and career development and training opportunities,” GM CEO Mary Barra stated in a prepared statement. “We have a long history of negotiating fair contracts with the UAW that reward our employees and support the long-term success of our business. Our goal this time will be no different.”