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General Motors presents revised proposal to United Auto Workers, observes progress in crucial aspects.

GM Makes New Offer to UAW, Sees Movement in All Key Areas

General Motors Raises Offer to Striking Auto Workers

General Motors (GM) has increased its offer to striking auto workers, matching Ford’s proposed 23% wage hike and other benefit improvements. The move comes just hours before the union’s chief, Shawn Fain, is set to speak on negotiations.

Efforts to Reach a Final Agreement

In a statement, GM expressed its commitment to reaching a final agreement with the UAW and getting its employees back to work. The company stated that substantial progress has been made in all key areas.

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Wage Increase Details

Under the new offer, the majority of GM’s workforce will make $40.39 per hour, equivalent to approximately $84,000 a year by the end of the agreement’s term. The 23% general wage increase offer represents a 25% compounded wage rise over the life of the agreement, with a 10% hike in the first year.

Impact of the Strike

The strike at Ford’s Kentucky truck plant, which generated $25 billion in annual sales and accounts for about a sixth of the company’s worldwide automotive revenue, likely prompted progress in the negotiations. Shawn Fain had described the Kentucky walkout as a warning to GM and Chrysler-parent Stellantis, stating that the union was prepared to strike at the GM assembly plant in Arlington, Texas.

Previous and Current Offers

GM’s previous offer included a 20% pay increase, while the current offer has been raised to a 23% pay increase. Additionally, the company is now offering $21 an hour in wages for temporary workers, compared to the previous offer of $20.

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Union Response

The UAW had no immediate comment on GM’s latest offer. The union’s president, Shawn Fain, is scheduled to address the situation in a Facebook live session later today.

Ongoing Strikes

More than 34,000 union members across the three automakers have been on strike since September 15. This marks the first simultaneous strike by the UAW against the Detroit Three automakers. The union is demanding a 40% wage hike, including a 20% immediate increase, improved benefits, and coverage for battery plant workers under union agreements.

Strategic Approach

Instead of a mass walkout, the UAW is strategically playing the companies against each other, using temporary work stoppages as leverage during negotiations. This approach aims to encourage different automakers to meet the union’s demands.

Impact on Automakers and the Economy

Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford has warned of the growing impact of the strike on the automaker and the U.S. economy. According to economic consultancy Anderson Economic Group, the total economic losses from the UAW strike have reached $7.7 billion, with the Detroit Three automakers experiencing losses of $3.45 billion.

It is clear that both General Motors and the UAW are making efforts to reach a mutually beneficial agreement. The revised offer from GM demonstrates their willingness to address the union’s demands. As negotiations continue, the hope is that an agreement can be reached, bringing an end to the strike and allowing workers to return to their jobs.

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