September 21st, 2011: The United Auto Workers and General Motors are wrapping up contract negotiations following their previous contract’s expiration on September 14th.
The UAW has released only an outline of the new contract’s features, lauding the contracts “improvements in health care benefits,” pensions, and “improved profit-sharing” between owners and employees.
Union leadership has also emphasized the job creation the new contracts will bring, which reportedly will guarantee at least 6,400 jobs will be added or retained for GM workers – most of which will only pay “second tier” wages of $16/hour.
“In these times, in these conditions, to get an agreement of this status is just a miracle job,” said Jerry Gillespie, president of the UAW local 1260 in Warren, Michigan. “This is an agreement that has no concessions in it.”