Update: Following is a letter from UAW-GM Vice President Terry Dittes to Members

Dear Union Brothers and Sisters:

Today we enter the 4th day of our National Strike with General Motors. I can report to you that as of today, some progress has been made, but there are still many of our Memberships’ issues that remain unresolved. Your elected Bargaining Committee and the UAW International Staff have been working long hours each day for weeks negotiating on our Members’ behalf. The process of meeting in subcommittees and main tables will continue this weekend and beyond, if a Tentative Agreement is not reached.

I want to take this opportunity to thank you and the entire Membership for their loyal and passionate support as we take on their most crucial issues in this set of negotiations. It is the hard work, craftsmanship and dedication of our Members that has put General Motors in the position to become most profitable Auto Company in the U.S. and do not ever forget that!

This strike is for all the right reasons: to raise the standard of living of our Members and their families and for workers across this country, to achieve true job security, our fair share of the profits, affordable health care and a path to permanent seniority for temporary members.

On behalf of the entire staff of the UAW General Motors Department, “it is an honor to represent our Members and their families.”

Thank you, Thank you!

Terry Dittes
Vice President and Director
UAW General Motors Department