Three out of the four of the contested GM plants—including Lordstown, OH—will remain closed.
As a tentative contract has been reached in the United Auto Workers’ month-long strike at General Motors, the union has decided to keep its members out for another week as they vote to accept or reject the offer.
According to CNBC, the tentative deal “includes the closure of three U.S. plants, including a large assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio, according to the union.”
The plants, including two powertrain operations in Michigan and Maryland, had been earmarked in November to end production this year, but the Detroit automaker had to negotiate the closures as part of contract negotiations with the union. A parts distribution facility for GM in Fontana, California, also would close under the four-year deal.
Despite wage increases and a ratification bonus, WSWS.org is calling it a “sellout deal,” and urging UAW members to reject the tentative agreement stating that, among other things, will “set a new benchmark for exploitation for generations to come.”
“Based on the UAW’s summary alone, it is clear the contract is a betrayal of the month-long strike,” notes WSWS.org. “It accepts the closure of factories, maintains the hated two-tier wage system, and expands the number of low-paid temps GM intends to use as the model for its future workforce.”