Now that the United Auto Workers union has called for a national strike against General Motors, the automaker is going on the defensive. Just minutes ago GM issued a statement outlining the offer it made to the UAW, which includes $7 billion in investments and 5,400 new jobs.
“We presented a strong offer that improves wages, benefits and grows U.S. jobs in substantive ways and it is disappointing that the UAW leadership has chosen to strike at midnight tonight. We have negotiated in good faith and with a sense of urgency. Our goal remains to build a strong future for our employees and our business,” GM said in the statement.
The statement included bullet points of all of GM’s supposed concessions within the proposed new contract. Those concessions include adding 5,400 new jobs and finding solutions for “unallocated plants in Michigan and Ohio,” suggesting GM is offering a future for some of its idle plants.
GM also confirmed plans to have its upcoming battery-electric trucks produced by UAW workers and offered the UAW to represent the first battery cell production facility.
GM’s statement has a separate section regarding wages for UAW members. In this section the company says it proposed wage increases for all four years of the proposed new agreement, improved profit sharing, ratification payment of $8,000 and additional health care benefits.
At the time of publish the UAW has not directly responded to GM’s statement.