While the specifics of this tentative arrangement aren't public yet, the deal reportedly uses last week's agreement with FCA US as a framework. Based on that contract, this could be the end of the two-tier pay structure at GM. "We believe that this agreement will present stable long-term significant wage gains and job security commitments to UAW members now and in the future," UAW President Dennis Williams said in a statement.
GM's side of the table reportedly wanted concessions in the contract to help lower labor costs, according to Reuters. The General was already carrying higher per-worker expenses than FCA because of significantly fewer tier-two employees. The automaker refused to agree to a deal that could have threatened its 10-percent operating profit margin in North America.
UAW National GM Council Leaders to Convene for Vote on Wednesday
Terms to be announced following Wednesday vote
Detroit, Mich. – The UAW-GM Bargaining committee announced at 11:43 p.m.Sunday that they have secured significant gains and job security protections in a proposed Tentative Agreement with General Motors.
The bargaining committee unanimously voted to send the proposed Tentative Agreement to local union leaders who make up the union's UAW National GM Council. The Council will meet in Detroit on Wednesday to discuss and vote on the agreement.
"We believe that this agreement will present stable long-term significant wage gains and job security commitments to UAW members now and in the future," said UAW President Dennis Williams. "We look forward to presenting the details of these gains to local union leaders and the membership."
UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada called the agreement transformative as it gives our members a clear path. "The significant gains in this agreement are structured in a way that will provide certainty to our members and create a clear path for all GM employees now and in the future. The agreement not only rewards UAW-GM members for their accomplishments, but it protects them with significant job security commitments."
Until the UAW National GM Council votes to approve the deal, it is classified as a Proposed Tentative Agreement. The contract language becomes a Tentative Agreement once the Council votes and they have requested details to be held until they review and vote on the proposal. Following Council approval, the UAW will release details of the Tentative Agreement to its membership and the ratification process will begin. A vote of the UAW-GM membership will decide whether or not the deal is finalized.
The union plans to make the details of the agreement available immediately after the UAW National GM Council votes on the tentative agreement Wednesday and will have no comment until that time.