Here’s the UAW statement on the end of its strike against General Motors:
For Release: Wednesday, September 26, 2007
UAW recesses strike after reaching tentative agreement with General Motors
DETROIT — UAW negotiators reached a tentative agreement with General Motors at 3:05 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26.
The strike by union members was recessed at 4 a.m., and workers will report for work beginning with second shift today. Certain skilled trades workers may be notified to report to work earlier by management at their facilities.
“We’re proud of this tentative agreement and we look forward to getting into the field and discussing it with our membership,” UAW President Ron Gettelfinger said.
The UAW International Executive Board and the UAW GM National Negotiating Committee — made up of elected representatives from UAW GM locations throughout the country — have unanimously recommended ratification of the agreement.
“We reached this agreement because of the extraordinary solidarity of our membership, and through a tremendous amount of hard work by the committee they elected to negotiate a new contract,” said UAW Vice President Cal Rapson, director of the union’s GM Department.
Details of the agreement are being withheld pending ratification.
Going out on strike only highlighted the unions’ weaknesses vis a vis the U.S. auto industry, reminding the public that decades of excessive demands — and concessions by the industry — had damaged the automakers’ competitiveness. Without knowing the details of the agreement, we speculate that the UAW’s leadership realized they had overstepped the bargaining position and decided to fix things as soon as possible. If so, good.
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