DETROIT - The UAW responded late Friday to General Motors' contract proposal from early last week. Negotiations have continued and neither side on Monday issued any updates.
The union's new offer addressed all of the issues that remain unsettled, Terry Dittes, vice president of the UAW-GM department, told members in a letter over the weekend. The letter did not provide any details about the counterproposal.
"We will continue to work, again, over this weekend to reach a Tentative Agreement on your behalf," Dittes wrote.
Monday marked the 29th day of the strike.
GM offered no public response to the UAW's counterproposal.
The nearly 50,000 striking General Motors and Aramark workers will receive an incremental pay raise as they continue to walk the picket line, the UAW said in a statement Saturday. And as long as they perform their picket duty, workers are allowed to take part-time jobs during the strike without reducing their pay.
The $25 pay bump -- bringing them to a pretax payment of $275 per week -- and authorization for part-time work will be effective Sunday.
“This action reflects the UAW commitment and solidarity to all of our members and their families who are taking a courageous stand together to protect our middle-class way of life,” Gary Jones, president of the UAW, said in the statement.
The union in March approved a strike pay increase to $275 a week, but it was not scheduled to take effect until Jan. 1.
Until the changes approved by the UAW board Saturday, striking workers earning at least $250 a week from another job were not eligible for strike pay from the union.
The UAW on Saturday also announced a strike by 3,600 members at Mack Truck plants in Allentown and Middletown, Pa.; Hagerstown and Baltimore, Md.; and Jacksonville, Fla.
Also Saturday, details of a revised GM contract offer emerged, with a person briefed on the matter telling Reuters that GM had boosted its proposed ratification bonus by $1,000 to $9,000.
GM has proposed 3 percent pay raises in the second and fourth year of the four-year-contract and 3 percent and 4 percent lump sum payments in the first and fourth year respectively, the person confirmed to Reuters. The company would agree to make temporary workers permanent with three years of service and they would get a $3,000 bonus upon ratification of the contract.
About 7 percent of GM's hourly workforce are temporary workers.
Details of the revised GM contract offer made earlier this week first emerged in a screen shot posted on Facebook by an ABC-TV affiliate in Flint, Mich. It's not clear if GM has since revised any proposals.
The Monday offer also bolstered the amount GM plans to invest directly in its U.S. plants to $7.7 billion, up from $7 billion in its initial offer, a person familiar with the offer told Automotive News.
GM may also invest in a potential battery plant near the Lordstown, Ohio, plant that has been idled. Investments in potential joint ventures, such as the battery facility, will not be included in the UAW contract, the person said. If GM ends up making those investments, there will be a separate contract, the person said.
Since making its initial contract offer shortly before the Sept. 14 expiration of the previous labor agreement, "we've done even more to address the issues the UAW has brought forward," Gerald Johnson, GM's executive vice president of global manufacturing, wrote to workers Friday morning.
The offer GM made this week "achieved our mutual objective," Johnson said, and included adding thousands of jobs in the U.S.
"We have advised the Union that it's critical that we get back to producing quality vehicles for our customers," Johnson said. "Our success depends on one another."