But the union's leadership decided that the nearly 50,000 members would not return to work ahead of the ratification vote on the four-year preliminary agreement. This means that the strike, which started on September 16, can last for another eight days.
The union's negotiating committee recommended management to accept the proposed agreement, which would provide members with salary increases, protected their health insurance coverage without salting them with the additional payments that management has sought, and provide a way for temporary workers to become better-paid permanent employees.
However, the agreement does not include any change of vehicles now being built in Mexico back to US facilities. And it did not save three of the four plants that GM announced plans to close in November last year ̵
In a statement, General Motors said: "We urge UAW to move as quickly as possible through the ratification process so that we can continue operations and return to producing vehicles for our customers. Our goal during these negotiations was to ensure that The future of General Motors is one that works for our employees, dealers, suppliers and the communities in which we operate. The agreement reflects our commitment to American manufacturing by creating new jobs and increased investment. "
Asked what the union got in the contract that made them willing to give up bringing the product lines back from Mexico, said UAW spokesman Brian Rothenberg: "We are strongly against allocating the facilities and will continue to fight for these jobs in America. They [UAW negotiators] did everything they could to rectify the situation. "
The strike has been the largest in a US business since the last strike at GM in 2007 But the strike Ken was over within three days. This has been the longest major strike in the automotive industry in more than 20 years.