Kristin Dziczek, vice president for industry, labor and the economy at the Ann Arbor Automotive Research Center, said the council should reconsider all the details of the proposed interim agreement and vote on whether the deal should be sent to members. The Council will also vote on whether members will remain on strike until a new treaty is ratified. The proposed interim agreement will be considered Thursday by the National Council, nearly 200 local union leaders who will meet Thursday at 10:30 a.m. .m in Detroit. If they agree, what will be formally a provisional agreement will be subject to ratification by GM personnel represented by the UAW. The General Motors Strike: `We Must Fight for what`s Right` If the treaty is ratified, UAW workers who were living on strike pay of $250 a week are expected to receive one-time signing bonuses as well as base wage increases. The union had also insisted that temporary workers at GM plants, who earned less than permanent UAW employees, have an easier path to full-time wages and benefits. Tommy Wolikov, a contributor to the Flint Assembly, said he was confident the proposed interim treaty would be good, but a key issue for him in being able to ratify it is whether it guarantees a new product from Mexico. “The devil is in the details,” Crawford said.
“I`m ready for a long strike, so if the contract is bad, I`ll vote no, and most of the people I talk to feel the same way.” In a brief statement on the deal, GM said: “We can confirm the UAW`s statement regarding a proposed interim agreement. More details will be announced in due course. Shares of General Motors rose about 2% after the announcement. However, the UAW must vote to end the strike before employees return to their workplaces. 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.