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UAW sends tentative contract with GM to membership for ratification vote

Workers' strike will continue during vote

Leadership with the United Automobile Workers union sent a tentative contract with General Motors to its members Thursday for a ratification vote, Local 4 has learned.

The national workers' strike will continue during the vote, officials said.

Brian Rothenberg, the director of public relations for UAW, provided an update at 5 p.m. Thursday.

"The UAW GM council has voted to recommend for ratification of the contract," Rothenberg said. "However, they have also recommended that we remain on the strike line until the vote on ratification."

Ratification meetings will begin Saturday, and ballots are expected to be turned in by Oct. 25, Rothenberg said.

You can watch his full comments below.

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UAW leaders from all over the country met Thursday at the Renaissance Center to learn the details of the proposed agreement. 

UAW members are cautiously optimistic and believe the agreement could lead to the end of the strike. 

It is still unknown if the agreement will pass.

A summary of the tentative agreement can be found on the UAW's official website here.


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The tentative agreement includes a $9,000 signing bonus, a 3-4 percent raise and a streamlined path for temporary workers. Workers will maintain their current health care, and the Detroit-Hamtrmack Assembly Plant will remain open.

The Hamtramck Transmission Plant will still close as previously announced.


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