UAW, GM agreement specifics still unknown - WNEM TV 5

UAW, GM agreement specifics still unknown

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

A sigh-of-relief felt around the state after the UAW and General Motors narrowly avoided a strike.

The two sides agreed to the deal at 11:43 last night, just 16 minutes before the union would have authorized a strike that could have cost GM billions.

Gino Bowyer works at GM.

"I haven't heard anything about it yet. I'm just waiting to go into work and find out what's going on," Bowyer said.

He's like a lot of UAW members wanting to know the details in the new tentative agreement reached between the UAW and GM. So far neither party is commenting on specifics, but according to the Detroit Free Press, workers would make up to $29 per hour, it would eliminate the two-tier wage system and it would also include signing and performance bonuses for workers.

"I think that would be awesome. That way everybody can make the same you know? If you do the work you should be able to make what the guy makes next to you," Bowyer said.

UAW president Dennis Williams said he believes the agreement presents significant wage gains and job security commitments to UAW members.

Meanwhile, GM spokeswoman Cathy Clegg said the two sides developed constructive solutions that benefit employees and provide flexibility for the company. 

The four-year deal covers more than 52,000 works and 63 GM facilities across the country.

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