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

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

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

But he said wages, job security, skilled trades jobs and pensions remain unsettled. Dittes said 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 and forced factories in Canada and Mexico to close.

GM employees picket outside the General Motors Fabrication Division, in Parma, Ohio. PHOTO: AP