UAW GM Workers react after an unsuccessful weekend of negotiations

After 22 days, The UAW said this weekend’s negotiations took a turn for the worst.

Posted: Oct 7, 2019 11:52 PM
Updated: Oct 8, 2019 10:51 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - There are a lot of things keeping the UAW and General Motors divided, but one of the major talking points is the status of temporary workers like Tyler Anderson.

"We definitely want to work for you guys. When it comes down to it, it's hurting all of us," Anderson said.

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Tyler has been on the job for about a year and a half.

He and 49,000 other workers went on strike on Sept. 16.

MORE: UAW ON STRIKE AGAINST GM 2019 FULL COVERAGE

Fair wages, job security, and healthcare are all big concerns for union members.

On Sunday, the UAW Vice President, Terry Dittes, sent a letter to members saying negotiations had taken a turn for the worse.

"The fact that all this work is going in, and nobody is doing anything about it in the negotiations, it hurts," Anderson added.

The Union submitted a proposal to GM on Saturday night, but according to Dittes, General Motors responded by going back to its last rejected proposal and made little change leaving workers like Tyler worried.

"I want to see negotiations pushing farther and farther,and it worries me. We have nothing else to do, especially with me being one of the head of the household trying to help my family, and everything with my sick aunt. With what we're doing here, we just don't have what we need to do such," he explained.

20 year employee Tim Bean said as long as the company does what it has to do, the workers will do the same.

"I'm certainly ready for it to be done, but i'm willing to stay out here as long as it takes," Bean said.

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