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UAW Calls Strike Notification in GM Negotiations

Written by Sandy Williams

The United Autoworkers set a strike deadline of 11:59 Sunday, Oct. 25 for General Motors.

VP and Director Cindy Estrada at the UAW General Motors Department sent GM the following notice:

“In accordance with the parties’ September 14, 2015 Memorandum of Understanding extending the termination date of the September 16, 2011 National Agreement and Salaried Master Agreement, this letter shall serve as formal notice provided by the International Union, UAW of the Union’s termination of the aforementioned agreements, to be effective at 11:59 p.m. this Sunday, October 25, 2015.”

GM confirmed in a statement that they had received the negotiations deadline. “We are working with them to address the issues and remain committed to obtaining an agreement that is good for employees and business.”

The two sides have been in talks since Thursday and are expected to continue until the deadline tonight.

Most analysts think a strike is unlikely. The same strategy was employed with FCA to put pressure on negotiations. A tentative agreement was reached with FCA on Oct. 7 just twenty minutes before the deadline.

Final negotiations with Ford will not start until the USW has a ratified agreement with General Motors.

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