UAW-GM talks progress but wage, job security issues remain

DETROIT (AP) — A top union negotiator says bargainers are making progress on a contract that could end a 19-day strike against General Motors.

United Auto Workers Vice President Terry Dittes said in a letter to local officials last Friday that talks have advanced on health care and a path for temporary workers to get full-time jobs.

But he says wages, job security, skilled trades jobs and pensions remain unsettled.

Dittes says they’ll keep working into the weekend in an effort to reach a tentative agreement.

About 49,000 UAW members walked off their jobs on September 16 when contract talks slowed. The strike has shut down GM production in the United States (US) and forced factories in Canada and Mexico to close.

Bob Pevec, right, a 20-year GM employee, pickets along with a co-worker outside the General Motors Fabrication Division. PHOTO: AP