GM employees expected to strike at midnight

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Negotiations have stalled between General Motors and the United Auto Workers union, and if an agreement can’t be reached, GM workers nationwide will strike at midnight.

“We presented a strong offer that improves wages, benefits and grows U.S. jobs in substantive ways and it is disappointing that the UAW leadership has chosen to strike at midnight tonight,” said Dan Flores, manager of GM Corporate News Relations.

“We have negotiated in good faith and with a sense of urgency. Our goal remains to build a strong future for our employees and our business,” Flores said.

The offer includes $7 billion in investments and more than 5,400 jobs, Flores said.

The offer details are:

  • Solutions for unallocated assembly plants in Michigan and Ohio.
  • Investments in eight facilities in four states.
  • Introduction of all-new electric trucks.
  • Opportunity to become the first union-represented battery cell manufacturing site in the U.S.
  • Additional new vehicle and propulsion.

Wage and benefit details are:

  • Wage or lump sum increases in all four years.
  • Improved profit sharing formula.
  • Ratification payment of $8,000.
  • Retain nationally-leading health care benefits.
  • New coverage for autism therapy care, chiropractic care and allergy testing.

Local UAW representatives told WNKY earlier this month if talks stalled, they were prepared to strike at the Corvette Assembly Plant here in Bowling Green.