Contract negotiations between General Motors and the United Auto Workers have led to a tentative agreement on a new labor deal, pending ratification by membership.

Specifics of the four-year contract, agreed upon last night at around 11:00 PM, have not been released, but in an official announcement on its website, the UAW says that the deal includes improvements in both health-care coverage and profit sharing for its 48,500 GM workers. UAW boss Bob King also said that the proposed contract will lead to the rehiring of laid-off workers, the creation of new jobs, and the repatriation of some jobs that had been moved offshore.

In its coverage of the GM/UAW labor agreement, Bloomberg says that it's not yet clear whether higher-than-usual signing bonuses will be used to help ensure the contract's acceptance by the union rank and file.

With General Motors out of the way, Bloomberg reports that the union will likely shift focus to Chrysler. It appears that Ford, which has not received a no-strike pledge from the UAW, will need to wait until the Chrysler contract is settled to work on its new deal with the union.

UPDATE: In a follow-up to its initial article on the new GM/UAW deal, Bloomberg reports that sources with knowledge of the contract's specifics say that pay for entry-level workers will rise by $2.00 to $3.00 per hour.

Furthermore, UAW members will reportedly be paid a signing bonus of $5,000 each if the tentative contract is ratified. That would be a new record signing bonus (workers received $3,000 each for signing the 2007 contract), but well short of the $8,000 to $10,000 number that had seen speculation last week.


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      olesprky
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have to sit back and laugh at all these people saying that the people in the plants don't work. I'm willing to bet money that 95% of those people sit at a desk all day long in front of a computer hitting buttons on a keyboard for a living and they call THAT work. I would LOVE to see you union bashers last 1 hour on an actual plant floor, preferably in july or august when it's about 90 degrees outside.... because it's about 115 inside the plant. NEXT I want to see you folks on the hood install jobs, and slinging one of those hoods every 50 seconds as the cars come to you, and then do that for a 10 hour shift. Wait, you'll be low senority so you'll be on afternoon shift, when the heat of the day REALLY gets the plant floor cooking hot. Try doing that BEFORE you make stupid *** comments about line workers not deserving anything. Now, close this window and go back to your Solitare.
        jamesa
        • 3 Years Ago
        @olesprky
        How about you get an education and let your work represent who you are. You can’t do anything by yourself that is why you need a union. UAW works believe they are entitled to things they haven’t worked for. Being fat drunk and stupid is no way to live your life. I never buy from a UAW made car. But I guess it is hard screwing a bolt for 8 hours that they need full benefits and $30.00 an hour. We should be grateful that they won’t leave their jobs and let the younger generation get work. You know the UAW made the middle class and they have also turned it into what it is today. The UAW will never allow the big 3 to ever be what it was. Represent those UAW jackets with pride scum bags.
          olesprky
          • 3 Years Ago
          @jamesa
          Then please let me know what company your work for so I can quit buying from them. People in these online forums wether it be here, yahoo, or wherever bitch and moan about how the US should worry about themselves and not afghanistan or Iraq or wherever but when it comes right down to it, the american PEOPLE themselves like you Mr James, are the reasons WHY so many jobs are going over seas. So if you would PLEASE oh PLEASE let me know who you work for, would love to see your bottom lines drop and YOU have to start giving up benefits and such for YOUR company to survive. Unless you have walked in the shoes of a plant worker, or whomever, don't sit in your damn desk chair and tell us what we do and do not deserve.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @jamesa
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          KDAWG
          • 3 Years Ago
          @jamesa
          "the american PEOPLE themselves like you Mr James, are the reasons WHY so many jobs are going over seas." Yeah, the UAW hasn't been forcing US automakers to build cars in foreign countries... /sarcasm
        • 3 Years Ago
        @olesprky
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          olesprky
          • 3 Years Ago
          Actually Dan I have worked in the plant doing exactly what I said up there, before the hood job it was hanging doors on the BIWs so yes I do live on earth.
        turbolump
        • 3 Years Ago
        @olesprky
        I've been to a couple of automotive plants. The work they are doing is not hard they have all sorts of equipment to assist with any lifting etc. Otherwise the lazy UAW workers will sue or try to go on disability. I grew up in an agricultural area. Many farm workers work for $10 an hour or less and bust their asses in the worst of conditions/weather and are happy to have a job.
          jamesa
          • 3 Years Ago
          @turbolump
          Let’s see olesprky you have no skills or education so by default you can only do manual labor. Manual labor jobs that require no skills should be minimum wage. Are you the only one who can do your job? Would it be an inconvenience if you were not there? I think not. I hope your telling your kids to follow in your footsteps and not go after an education; you would be a hypocrite to say otherwise.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      turbolump
      • 3 Years Ago
      This giving in to the unions really pisses me off. They don't deserve a signing bonus. Those unskilled workers are lucky to have a job. The fact that GM has not even paid back it's loans makes it even worse. I'm in the market for a new car for the wife and was leaning towards "buy American. " This pisses me off so much that it makes me want to buy an import instead. I hope Sergio sticks it to the UAW.
        WillieD
        • 3 Years Ago
        @turbolump
        I know exactly what you mean. I want to buy American, but I surely don't want to support unions. Look into Kia and Hyundai. They make cars in Alabama and Georgia, neither of which are run by unions. Of course there are other manufacturers that make their cars without unions, but those are the ones that I can think of.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @WillieD
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          Adrian
          • 3 Years Ago
          @WillieD
          Again, though, as I've mentioned to others, if you're "buying American" only on the premise of where it's finally assembled, that's ridiculous. Almost all of the engineering and educated jobs on Hyundai's/Kia's are done back in Korea. That's what's destroying American jobs.......you don't see people complaining about companies buying Boeing jets that are union-built and helping to provide thousands of jobs, right? I don't agree with the UAW's tactics, either, but the fact is they're just part of the large job creation mechanism that is the american automaker.
          darkness
          • 3 Years Ago
          @WillieD
          I won't buy anything made in the slave states now were even
        tinted up
        • 3 Years Ago
        @turbolump
        Do it do it! Buy a Mazda or something. Support Tsunami Victims!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      darkness
      • 3 Years Ago
      Those guys need trucker caps with fish hooks on them and some sleeveless t shirts.....its a more "conservative" look.
      JARROD
      • 3 Years Ago
      unions choke companies, they want to be paid more without providing anything more (a celebration of mediocrity) they get rewarded without deserving it. its unfortunate the actual quality workers are evenly compensated with the garbage employees. ford should just close there doors or move off shore, then we will see where this greed gets the uaw. the unions had there place when factories were taking advantage of people, but now they are all fat a bloated taking advantage of the companies, one employee makes more than the average combined dual income american house hold.
      rover'd
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, looks like they're doing some really strenuous work...
      Jason
      • 3 Years Ago
      So that's where the FatBoys have been all these years.
      jamesa
      • 3 Years Ago
      I hope in the new contract UAW workers have to wear some type of uniform. If the UAW scum are going to cry about everything at least make them look somewhat presentable.
      dragonrage1191
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love how people are making biased and unfair comments about UAW workers. Sure, I give it to you that the UAW isn't run properly, but don't blame the workers who just want decent benefits and a good standard of living. Believe it or not that's AMERICAN jobs there, and the better they're paid, the more they can do FOR America. Sure you can say the non-unionized workers are American jobs too, but I would love to see anyone feed a family for $10 an hour.
        DrEvil
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dragonrage1191
        There are people who are only "patriots" when it is convenient to be American. They beat anyone with an opposing view over the head with the constitution, and when the constitution doesn't support their cause, they are ready to shred it. They wear those ultra stupid little lapel flag pins, while they are working against what's good for America. I have no problem with the Capitalist at any cost ideology, but please take off the American flag. You should be wearing a green $$$ lapel pin. Other that it being forced upon them at sporting events (which annoys the piss out of me) Americans are the least patriotic people on the planet. My annoyance, comes from the fact that a large swath of the people in that crowd, would be all for ripping the Union of States apart, if they could make a little coin off of it. US Navy veteran.
        rover'd
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dragonrage1191
        Yeah, those better wages are really helping America, especially when they're spending it on weed and alcohol for their lunch breaks....
          Tim
          • 3 Years Ago
          @rover'd
          Right because autoworkers are the only ones who do that.
        Juffinstuff
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dragonrage1191
        I live pretty comfortably at $15/hour. Legacy UAW workers make WAAAAY more than that. New hirees make in the $14-17 range though, if I'm not mistaken. Far more realistic a salary given the low mark-up on the end product, and the level of skill required to operate a fairly simple machine.
      Hampton
      • 3 Years Ago
      Those guys are fat. A lot of the union guys I know are fat because they can get away with not working.Then they get off on disability because their knees go
        Adrian
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hampton
        Yes, because one picture represents every worker. Christ, Autoblog has become overrun with this kind of nonsense.
          darkness
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Adrian
          It's almost to the point of ignoring these clowns, I'm 6'4" and 240lbs am I fat ?
          tinted up
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Adrian
          Yes... you are fat.
          darkness
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Adrian
          Thanks Dr Oz
        MarlonJBT2
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hampton
        Maybe they're new. I've lost 50lbs on the line over at Jefferson North.
      budwsr25
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't understand how a couple of people and tell a huge corporation how it should treat its employees. The one thing I have never understood is Michigan is an AT-Will Employment state. Another thing I don't understand is if a person is laid-off they more or less loose their job because the job bank was eliminated. How are these people able via the UAW able to get their jobs back? Are all of the laid-off workers still paying the union dues? If they are still part of the UAW why are they able to get unemployment from the government why doesn't the UAW pay them while they are not working? One more thing correct me if im wrong. A person can only get unemployment for a set amount of weeks that is paid by the employer when those are up the state has to pay the unemployment. So that would mean after say 13 weeks the person has no tie to the company so the company has no reason to what them back or even talk to them. How can the UAW get a person their job back after the say 13 weeks? Also how can the UAW have that much power over a company and it's day to day operations?
        rover'd
        • 3 Years Ago
        @budwsr25
        UAW = Employees of company, Unfortunately unhappy employees can mean lower standards.
      Igotmine
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good for them! Let's see if this will help them sell more overpriced cars and pay back the tax payers for the bail out bucks. Let's see how much more money we'll lose on GM since we already lost more than $1.3Billion on Fiatsler.
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