UAW threatens strike if no pact with GM workers by late Sunday

DETROIT — The United Auto Workers union says its workers at General Motors will strike if it can’t agree on a new contract with the company by 11:59 p.m. today.

Both sides are still negotiating, however.

The union made a similar threat in recent discussions with Fiat Chrysler before agreeing to a new four-year contract.

GM said Saturday it is working with the UAW and remains committed to reaching “an agreement that is good for employees and the business.”

UAW President Dennis Williams said after the Fiat Chrysler deal that General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. make more money and should be able to pay more. That conflicts with company goals of cutting labor costs, bringing them closer to foreign automakers with U.S. factories.

Job security, wages, entry-level employee pay and benefits, and health care are the main issues, said Robert Morales, president of United Auto Workers Local 1714, which represents about 1,400 employees at the GM Lordstown Complex fabricating plant.

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