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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United Auto Workers union reached a preliminary agreement on Thursday on a new contract for 850 Aramark employees working in maintenance at General Motors plants in Ohio and Michigan, two sources familiar with the matter said. The steps first introduced in 2015 will be extended to the 2019 provisional agreement. Those working at four GM Components Holdings (GMCH) plants start at $16.25 an hour and maximize at $22.50 after eight years; Parts Handling Systems (CCA) start at $17 per hour. The UAW and GM on Wednesday announced a preliminary agreement on a 31-day strike that paralyzed the automaker. Nearly 49,000 union members began the GM strike on September 16. Until 2015, the main demand of workers was to buy wages and social benefits from wages and social benefits committed before 2007 (legacy workers). When this year`s provisional agreement did not allay their concerns, workers voted against it and forced negotiators back to the table. The following agreement called these workers “progression” and set an eight-year salary scale (although the contract is still only four years). It missed Chrysler, but it barely made GM and Ford cringe.

No details of the proposed agreement with Philadelphia-based Aramark were immediately available. The Aramark contract with UAW expired more than a year ago and has been extended until September 15. And whatever the carrots of the preliminary deal — including a deal to hire 400 apprentices for craft programs, maintain current health care costs, and grant 3 percent wage increases for two of the four years — they`re meagre given GM`s profits. Salary increases, signing bonuses, lump sum payments and profit-making are always below what is an additional cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). Without COLA (which guarantees that inflation will not fit into wages), remuneration will effectively remain flat. (16.10.2019) – Striking Aramarian workers at General Motors watched with frustration and hope as their brothers and sisters in the United Auto Workers learned of a preliminary agreement. Perhaps up to 40% will vote against the agreement. The question is whether they can become a core capable of challenging concessions. If so, autoworkers, in as yet unins organized transplants like Volkswagen, would have a leadership model that would allow them to change their own working conditions.

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