United Auto Workers will not strike after General Motors Co.'s contract expires after 11:59. Saturday. Instead, the union will work without a contract with the main board and the council will meet on Sunday to decide the next course of action, UAW said Saturday night.

The Federation's international executive board meets at midnight. The UAW-GM Council, composed of local union presidents and store presidents, will then meet at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Marriott Renaissance Hotel, to be followed by a press conference.

UAW Vice President Terry Dittes sent a letter Saturday night to Scott Sandefur, Vice President of Labor Relations at GM, stating that workers will report to work Sunday on their usual shifts, although no preliminary agreement is reached Saturday night.

Without a contract in place, UAW management could potentially order any or all of the 46,000 GM workers hourly to strike immediately after the Sunday meeting at 1

0am.

"As we fight for better wages, affordable quality healthcare and job security, GM refuses to put hard-working Americans ahead of their record $ 35 billion in North America over the past three years," said Dittes, director of UAW GM- department, in a statement. " We are united in our efforts to reach an agreement our members and their families deserve. ”

Yours wrote while there have been "some progress in this negotiation set," it remains agreement on health care, salaries, temporary employees, job security and profit sharing.

Kristin Dziczek, vice president of industry, labor and economics at the Ann Arbor-based Center for Car Research, said "These are the very difficult problems to solve."

GM said in a statement on Saturday night: “We continue to work hard on solutions to some very difficult challenges. We are prepared to negotiate around the clock because there are thousands of GM families and their communities – and many thousands more at our dealers and suppliers – who trust us for their livelihoods. Our goal is to continue to build a strong future for our employees and our business. ”

UAW's measures not to extend the contract seem confusing to Dziczek.

"If workers are to work under the same conditions," she said, "why don't they extend?"

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