Sources said that early in the talks, GM offered to build an all-electric truck in Detroit-Hamtramck and batteries for electric vehicles in the Lordstown area. The plant continues to build engines for the Ramos assembly plant, which is still operating, but GM previously laid off 6,000 workers in Mexico at a separate facility in Silao, Mexico.
Talks to end a three-week strike at General Motors Co. stalled Sunday on the union's request for more investment in US factories, slowing progress made in recent days on other key issues.
GM leads all companies in automobiles produced in Mexico at just over 833,000 previous year, according to LMC and the Center for Automotive Research, a think-tank based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The letter says an extensive proposal was given to the company on Saturday evening, and on Sunday, the company responded by saying the offer "did nothing to provide job security during the term of this agreement".
The letter from UAW Vice President Terry Dittes casts doubt on whether there will be a quick settlement in the contract dispute, which sent 49,000 workers to the picket lines on September 16, crippling GM's factories. "We are committed to continuing discussions around the clock to reach a resolution", GM said in a response statement.
Dittes wrote that while both sides had made progress on important issues two days ago, the talks now "have taken a turn for the worse".
Almost 50,000 workers hit the picket lines on September 16th.
The pressure for a deal has been increasing, on all sides, and the issues are surprisingly complex.
The letter named wages, signing bonuses, job security, pensions, skilled trades, profit sharing, and transfer rights as some of the major issues GM has, in the UAW's view, failed to address in its proposals. "They will have to sell it", she said. UAW local leaders nationwide will convene in Detroit to decide whether to remain out of work until that ratification vote is completed. Those two closings affect about 2,500 workers.
For temporary workers, negotiators have discussed a path to full-time employment after three years.
"GM has backed away from a commitment to American workers", one source said.