GM, UAW Still at the Table

Deal unlikely to be reached today
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 15, 2007 5:24 PM CDT
Dave Green, left, president of United Auto Worker Local 1714, tells some of union members what he knows about the possibility of a strike, at the local hall in Lordstown, Ohio, early Saturday, Sept. 15,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – GM is back at the bargaining table with UAW reps today, but  agreement on the billion-dollar issues is not imminent, the AP reports. The UAW is said to be seeking job guarantees at US plants in exchange for agreeing to take over union members' health care liabilities via a trust to be funded in part by GM. Analysts say GM has offered to pay roughly two thirds of the $90 billion needed for health coverage.

Talks are still on an hour-by-hour basis since the contract expired at midnight last night; a new deadline may be set to formally extend the bargaining period. The UAW picked GM as the lead in negotiations this year, and hence the strike target. If a GM settlement is reached, the UAW will try to impose the same terms on Chrysler and Ford.