GM tells workers it's time for the strike to end


"During this meeting, (Barra) requested all committees work to resolve their open issues simultaneously so the company could receive a comprehensive proposal from the union", a letter to GM from UAW Vice President and Director of UAW General Motors Department Terry Dittes says.

"The strike has been hard on you, your families, our communities, the Company, our suppliers and dealers", it read, saying the latest offer increased compensation and profit-sharing, promised a path to full-time jobs for temporary workers, leaves health-care benefits intact with no cost increases to workers, and invests in the company's US manufacturing operations.

"We expect that the long-term strategic benefits of obtaining a UAW contract ... will outweigh the costs of enduring a protracted strike that might last into November", Moody's added.

Of the new total, $7.7 billion would be invested directly in GM plants, with the rest going to joint ventures including a potential battery plant near the Lordstown, Ohio, factory that has been idled, the source said.

"At every step of the way, GM has attempted to undermine the ongoing, good-faith efforts the UAW has made to end this strike", the union said.

"We have advised the union that it's critical that we get back to producing quality vehicles for our customers", he wrote. And since that offer, we've done even more to address the issues the UAW has brought forward. And the offer gives temporary workers a clear path to permanent status, Johnson said. Our success depends on one another. "(.) Our offer builds on the winning formula we have all benefitted from over the past several years".

USA president Donald Trump and many lawmakers have also waded in, urging GM to build more vehicles in the United States and shift work from Mexico.

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The letter was sent to all hourly and salaried employees.

The UAW did not immediately respond to FOX Business' request for comment.

Earlier this week, the UAW informed membership that one of the key issues was a lack of commitment by GM to build vehicles at US factories.

The UAW on Friday morning called for top union and company representatives to gather for an 11 AM "main table" meeting at Detroit Renaissance Center - in part to object to recent negotiating tactics by the Big Three automaker, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. Barra was reportedly hoping to move talks along as GM had not gotten a formal response from the union on a proposal in sent to them on Monday. "We have made it clear that there is no job security for us when GM products are made in other countries for the goal of selling them here in the United States of America". Now they want GM to return the favor. The only negotiations since Monday have been smaller committees working on specific issues, such as sourcing of work and technological progress, not the more comprehensive discussions needed to reach a final agreement.

Talks are expected to continue Friday.

GM has announced plans to close four USA plants.