GM talks have 'taken a turn for the worse,' union says

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Contract talks aimed at ending a 22-day strike by the United Auto Workers against General Motors continued Monday after United Auto Workers union bargainers rejected a company offer on Sunday.

Terry Dittes, vice president of the GM Department for the UAW, chastised GM for not offering any reason for rejecting the union's latest proposal.

In a sign of how tense the talks have gotten on Sunday, Dittes sent a letter to Scott Sandefur, vice president of Labor Relations for GM North America, to scold him for a lack of response to the union's offer. GM responded on Sunday with a counteroffer that UAW that was reportedly nearly identical to a previously-rejected offer.

Monday marks the 22nd day of the nationwide strike, with some 46,000 workers walking picket lines rather than working on assembly lines and other jobs inside GM plants.

"GM is reluctant to make commitments on other plants". But there is no promise for GM's idled compact vehicle plant in Lordstown, Ohio. Those issues include corruption investigations of union leaders; the move from traditional engines in favor of electric ones; and the possibility that the economy could flip into recession with damage of a longer strike at a company like GM.

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The future of Detroit-Hamtramck workers remains uncertain. Those two closings affect about 2,500 workers.

GM, meanwhile, fell back on language that it has used to cover the company's position since the strike began on September 16. The two sides debated whether a temp who was laid off could claim the accumulated time once called back, one of the people said.

In addition, to the demands for a pay increase, reduction in the use of temporary workers and shorter waiting-time for new employees to reach top wages which still remain on the table, GM's plans for future investment also have become a major sticking point, according to sources familiar with the talks.

Dittes released an additional letter on Sunday afternoon regarding the rejection of a package proposal.

GM says it is committed to talking around the clock to resolve the dispute.

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