He said GM made a comprehensive offer to the union this past Monday which included improved wages, a way for temporary employees to become permanent employees, maintaining the current health care coverage and commitments to invest billions of dollars in United States plants to create thousands of new USA jobs. The plant is among four GM facilities in the US that were to be idled.
"Our offer commits to thousands of new jobs right here in the USA and billions of dollars in new investments in our communities".
But the company, in a Thursday letter to Dittes, said that GM expected the union to move more quickly and respond to the larger offer before the committee work is done.
"The pain is beginning to set in on both sides and they'll realize that sooner or later", Masters said in an interview.
Details of the Wednesday meeting between Barra and top union bargainers were disclosed in the letter, which was obtained by The Associated Press. Analysts have estimated lost production has cost the carmaker at least $1 billion of lost profit, and its credit ratings may be at risk. GM's production of trucks and sport-utility vehicles in Mexico has drawn anger among union workers.
General Motors millwright Jessica Merz was at Friday's demonstration outside the company's Warren Technical Center. In it, Dittes said the union would respond to the company's offer once various negotiating committees working on specific issues work out their differences.
"Let's do something to show our brothers and sisters in the UAW that we stand with them and we're going to have their backs in their fight for fair and just contract", said Bieber.
Demonstrators said Friday they will strike for as long as they need to. Labor experts say workers start at $1.90 an hour in GM's factories in Mexico. Three - an assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio, and transmission plants in Baltimore and Warren, Michigan - have already been shut, and another assembly plant in Detroit is due to close early next year. "I worked directly across the line from a woman who made $28". So when it comes to ratification of a contract, job security is important to those workers, said a person close to the negotiations.