UAW locals at Lordstown were prepared for a walkout

LORDSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – UAW Local 1714 President Robert Morales confirmed Sunday night that a tentative agreement had been reached between the UAW and General Motors regarding a new contract.

Union leaders from locals 1112 and 1714 at the Lordstown plant will meet Wednesday in Detroit to vote on the tentative agreement. If its approved, Morales says it could be days to a couple of weeks before hourly workers have a chance to vote on the agreement.

“You know it was just a matter of sitting down at the bargaining table and just trying to work things out,” said Morales. “That persistency paid off in this case.” Negotiations between U-A-W and G-M started in July.

Morales also says its important for people to know that auto workers are committed to providing the best vehicle for customers.

The automaker and union had to agree on a new contract or there could have been a strike, possibly affecting the Lordstown plant and its thousands of union members.

They had prepared for a strike, having assigned duties for up to three days, including picketing, working in the kitchen, or transporting protesters from the union hall to entrances of the plant.

Morales says they’ve been preparing for this for five to six weeks now.

“This would be a last ditch effort on the International’s part to bring attention to what the UAW has given up in the past to make General Motors feasible and competitive again,” he said.

GM released this statement about the union’s deadline of 11:59 p.m. Sunday to agree on a new contract:

“GM confirms that we have received a negotiations deadline from the UAW. We are working with them to address the issues and remain committed to obtaining an agreement that is good for employees and the business.”

Most of the union members who work at the Lordstown plant had been given flyers with information about the strike.

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