GM strike talks continue, but slowly as suppliers feel impact – Detroit Free Press

CLOSE Tamara Sullivan, a GM paint plant worker, talks about the UAW strike and union solidarity. Eric Seals, Detroit Free PressA top UAW official told striking General Motors workers Thursday afternoon that “some progress has been made” in contract talks, but many issues remained unresolved. Meanwhile, the strike began to cause layoffs among suppliers.Terry Dittes, vice president…

GM strike talks continue, but slowly as suppliers feel impact – Detroit Free Press

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Tamara Sullivan, a GM paint plant worker, talks about the UAW strike and union solidarity.
Eric Seals, Detroit Free PressA top UAW official told striking General Motors workers Thursday afternoon that “some progress has been made” in contract talks, but many issues remained unresolved. Meanwhile, the strike began to cause layoffs among suppliers.Terry Dittes, vice president of the UAW’s GM Department, said in a letter that talks would continue “this weekend and beyond” if no agreement is reached sooner. Negotiating teams have worked into the evening each day since the strike started at 12:01 a.m. Monday.Bargainers are mum on the precise sticking points, one union local leader said. Dittes’ letter said talks were under way “in subcommittees and main tables.”As the strike reached its fourth day, rumors grew among strikers, including one that GM was hiring temporary workers at Arlington Assembly plant in Texas. Striking workers in several locations around the country said they had been told GM was paying strike-breakers $12 an hour to cross the picket lines and start building full-size SUVs.A GM spokesman said that was “absolutely false.” The UAW in Detroit also said it had debunked the rumor.[ Following the GM strike? Download our app for the latest news. ]Some suppliers were laying off employees for lack of work. A GM spokeswoman said local GM plants were not accepting deliveries due to the strike. Nexteer Automotive, a supplier of steering and driveline components, said it “faced the difficult conclusion to temporarily reduce our workforce in the coming days due to the disruption in GM production,” according to a statement from Dennis Hoeg, North America Division President of Nexteer.Automotive Component Carrier, a delivery service that GM uses for its facilities in Flint and Saginaw, laid off 107 drivers Monday, said Randy Ryerson, director of communications for Penske Logistics which owns ACC.ACC delivers automotive components to GM’s factories. GM has three factories in Flint: Flint Assembly, Flint Engine Operations and Flint Metal Center. GM also has Saginaw Metal Casting Operations.The drivers will be off for the duration of the strike, said Ryerson.“When the factories aren’t working, we’re not wo
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