General Motors and the Union Auto Workers on Wednesday announced a tentative deal that could end the longest strike against GM since 1970.
“The number one priority of the national negotiation team has been to secure a strong and fair contract that our members deserve,” UAW Vice President Terry Dittes said in a press release, adding that he won’t discuss further details until after a Thursday union leader meeting in Detroit.
“We are extremely grateful to the thousands of Americans who donated goods and helped our striking workers and their families,” Dittes said. “As we await the Council’s decision, please know that the outpouring of community and national support will be etched in the memories of all of us at the UAW for years to come."
The UAW-GM National Council voted to strike on Sept. 15, seeking better wages and job security, union workers told The Center Square.
GM released a brief statement confirming the tentative agreement.
"We can confirm the UAW's statement regarding a proposed tentative agreement," GM's statement said. "Additional details will be provided at the appropriate time."
The strike impacts about 23,000 workers in Michigan and nearly 50,000 nationwide at 31 GM factories and 21 other facilities in nine states.
“Our more than 48,000 members standing their ground have captured the hearts and minds of people across this country," UAW President Gary Jones said in a statement. "I could not be prouder of our brothers and sisters, our National Negotiators, and the National Council as they continue to fight one day longer to secure the best deal for our members.”
The strike will continue until Thursday when local union leaders will vote on the proposal and decide to either continue the strike until the agreement is ratified or return to work.
The press release stated the agreement would not be ratified until the UAW-GM National Council votes to approve it, and then GM’s membership across the United States votes to approve it.
The UAW's national council will meet at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday in the Ambassador Ballroom of the Marriott Hotel at the Renaissance Center.