Negotiators for the United Auto Workers (UAW) and General Motors (GM)
have reached a tentative contract agreement and, as a result, the union
will suspend its strike and workers will return to their jobs today.
According to a UAW statement, workers will report to work no later than
the start of the second shift this afternoon. "We are proud of this
tentative agreement and we look forward to getting into the field and
discussing it with our membership," says Ron Gettelfinger, the UAW's
president. UAW negotiators have, according to the union, unanimously
recommended that its 74,000 members ratify the new agreement. A GM
statement says the new agreement "paves the way for GM to significantly
improve its manufacturing competitiveness, providing the basis for
maintaining and strengthening its core manufacturing base in the United
States." Details of the agreement were not released pending
ratification. The contract is expected to serve as a basis for the
union's negotiations with Ford and Chrysler in the coming weeks.
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