A tentative agreement was reportedly reached between General Motors (GM) and the United Auto Workers (UAW) union Wednesday morning according to a letter written by UAW International Vice President Terry Dittes. Union leaders from across the country — including those from Spring Hill — will head to Detroit to evaluate the agreement details tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. EST.
The news of an agreement comes 31 days after the UAW strike first began on Sept. 16. While the specifics on negotiations between GM and UAW workers are scarce, generally UAW leadership cited affordable health care, better job security and protection for temporary workers as main reasons for launching the strike, which at this point has become the longest UAW strike in more than 20 years.
Union representatives from the Spring Hill GM Plant will be Chairman Mike Herron and Spring Hill UAW President Tim Stannard, who have already departed for Detroit ahead of negotiations Thursday.
“We’re headed up there to find out the details, then there’ll be ratification meetings that will be scheduled,” Herron said. “[I’m] cautiously optimistic — I want to see it first. The details will determine whether the members’ wants and needs are met.”
The picket lines will continue Wednesday into Thursday morning, with Dittes letter instructing union members to await further instructions after negotiations Thursday.