The national strike against General Motors Co. of United Auto Workers continued Saturday, the strike's 34th day, as 48,000 union members began to learn what is in the union's tentative agreement with the carmaker.

Members could start voting on the contract as early as Saturday since UAW wants ballots from local unions by 4pm on October 25. Local units have begun planning educational sessions on the new contract and voting times for ratification, many of which will take place next week.

The new four-year agreement with GM promises permanent jobs for temporary employees, record ratification bonuses and the elimination of a $ 1

2,000 profit sharing cap.

The the proposed contract would provide a 3% base salary increase in the second and fourth years of the contract and would pay 4% lump sum in the first and third years. A record $ 11,000 ratification bonus will be paid to permanent employees, while temporary workers will receive a $ 4,500 bonus.

It also allows GM to close three facilities: Baltimore Operations in Maryland, Lordstown Assembly in Northeast Ohio and Warren Transmission in southeast Michigan.

A lawsuit brought by the UAW against GM in February because the carmaker decided to stop production at three US plants before the previous contract expired will be dismissed with prejudice, which rejects the case permanently, under the 2019 contract. [19659009] Settlement of disputes and negotiation agreements. "width =" 540 "data-mycapture-src =" "data -mycapture-sm-src = "" />

Settlement of litigation and effects of negotiation agreement (Photo: United Auto Workers)