"Just because there was a GM strike doesn`t mean the other two are slipping," said Kristin Dziczek, vice president of the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor. Workers could be back in the factories by Saturday. Picket lines that have been occupied 24 hours a day by workers at GM`s West Virginia, Texas plants in the six weeks since the strike began on September 16 will end. There is still much to discuss new contracts to end the auto strike, which has nearly 50,000 U.S. workers idling. GM pulled out of the road 12 days after the strike and said it would continue to cover health care. "The devil is in the details," Crawford said. "I`m ready for a long strike, so if the contract is bad, I`ll vote no, and most people I talk to feel the same way." On October 1, GM`s Silao Assembly in Mexico, which builds the highly profitable Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups, was forced to close due to a shortage of parts, bringing to at least 10,000 workers laid off due to strike action in North America. In a statement, GM said it was generating future investment opportunities and job growth in Ohio`s Mahoning Valley. These investments are outside the national agreement: strikers at several sites temporarily detained non-unionized workers, including GM employees and contractors, who were to work in the empty strike plants during the first days of the interruption. While the teamsters honored the UAW`s strike lines and said they would not provide finished vehicles to dealers, non-teamster truckers were doing the work in the premises and outside the strikers.
The five-week strike against General Motors appears to have been resolved, as confirmed today by UAW chief negotiator Terry Dittes. Union leaders from across the country will meet in Detroit on Thursday for a meeting that had already been announced earlier in the week. You must approve the agreement and then full-fledged union membership will vote. Details of what the new treaty might contain are not yet available. The strike cost the company $450 million a week, the Center for Automotive Research estimated, halted production of key vehicles and will delay delivery of 2020 Midengine Corvette Stingray.