GM confirmed the provisional deal, but declined to give further details. If the National Council reviews the terms of the agreement, it will also decide whether nearly 50,000 workers should remain on strike or whether they should return to work before full membership ratifies the agreement. The UAW strike halted production at 33 GM production sites in nine states. More than 20 coin distribution camps were also affected. Industry analysts had predicted that GM could lose up to $50 million for each day the strike continued. Details of the four-year contract have yet to be published. « It`s more painful, but it might be wiser to continue the strike in case it is not ratified, » she said. « If there is the idea that members could not vote massively for this, they will retain their influence in the event of a strike while considering the provisional agreement. » After negotiations stalled last month, the union declared the first nationwide strike against a Detroit automaker since 2007. The talks seemed to get upset on an episodic basis when the union`s negotiator said this month that the United Union « couldn`t be more disappointed with General Motors. » G.M Executive Director Mary T.
Barra has twice been directly involved in the discussions over the past week. The negotiations took place under a cloud launched by a corruption investigation that resulted in nine convictions of union and auto officials. Days before the contract expired, Regional Director Vance Pearson was accused of spending union funds for himself and court documents implicated UAW President Gary Jones in the case. Pearson was put on leave two weeks after the strike. The Center for Automotive Research (CAR) has estimated the cost of the strike at about $450 million a week for GM and $12 million a week for the UAW, which has a fund to pay workers $250 a week a week during the strike. The next day, GM ended the strikers` health care and threw those costs into the union`s strike fund, which contained nearly $800 million for costs such as health care and strike money of $250 a week. While the union expected to cover health care costs, it said it was blind to GM`s announcement. The strike began last month, after the union`s previous four-year contract with GM expired. This is the first stop since 2007, when there were two days of stoppage. About 40 days after the departure of United Automobile Workers, the strike at General Motors plants and the halt to sanding work, union members ratified the preliminary agreement reached by their representatives with the automaker earlier this month. The UAW announced approval of the deal after Friday`s vote ended. Strikers at several locations at the start of the work stoppage temporarily arrested non-unionized workers, including GM employees and employees with contractors who were to work in non-striking companies.
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