He also announced a preliminary agreement with Aramark, the company that offers janitors for genetically modified plants. Under the proposed agreement, employees of General Motors Components Holding (GMCH), a sub-division of GM, will earn $6 less per hour than workers at other GM plants. Under the preliminary agreement, operators in Rochester, one of the four GMCH plants, will limit their maximum hourly wages to $23 per hour, $5 less per hour than gmCH employees prior to the 2009 auto rescue. In a remarkable passage, GM, GMCH and UAW state that “it is important to maintain strong relationships with existing non-GM customers and potentially develop the business.” Therefore, it is stated that “strikes of any kind are prohibited and that neither the Union nor any member of the GMCH staff will initiate, encourage, accept or participate in a slowdown, picket or work stoppage during the duration of the agreement.” And with respect to discipline, as stated in the agreement, the company will retain paragraph 64 of the 2015 master`s contract, which states that “management will not take into account previous violations that occurred more than two years ago.” UAW employees will begin voting on Saturday on a tentative agreement with General Motors. The vote will last until Friday, meaning there will be at least another week of strike action. Not all workers would be paid in the same way under a new interim agreement that will be voted on by 52,600 members of the united auto workers with General Motors Co. The proposed interim agreement makes some improvements. It reduces the time for workers to leave the system at two speeds. It eliminates caps on incentive cheques, which can often be between $7,000 and $10,000 per year. It grants workers a 3 to 4 percent pay increase each year of contract, without requiring them to pay more for health care. The different pay levels under the GM agreement are similar to the union`s recently ratified four-year contract with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and a previous preliminary agreement, which was cut down by 65 percent of the company`s 40,000 members with the automaker. “General Motors has reached a preliminary agreement with the UAW. We encourage the UAW to move as quickly as possible in the ratification process, so that we can resume business and re-produce vehicles for our customers.
Our goal in these negotiations was to secure the future of General Motors, which works for our employees, dealers, suppliers and the communities in which we operate. This agreement reflects our commitment to U.S. production by creating new jobs and increasing investment. While the contract is not ideal, General Motors has added a sweetener. If workers vote in favour of ratifying the agreement, they will receive a signing bonus of $11,000 for permanent employees and $4,500 for temporary workers.