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Union says talks with GM have ‘taken a turn for the worse’

A top United Auto Workers (UAW) official said Sunday that negotiations between striking employees and General Motors management have taken a “turn for the worse” and the walkout will continue, according to CNBC.

UAW Vice President Terry Dittes reportedly said in a letter to union members that the most recent proposal from GM management “reverted back to their last rejected proposal and made little change.”

“The Company’s response did nothing to advance a whole host of issues that are important to you and your families!” Dittes wrote. “It did nothing to provide job security during the term of the Agreement.”

Dittes said the company made the latest offer in response to a proposal from the union that addressed worker concerns about issues including wages, pensions, profit-sharing, job security, transfer rights and signing bonuses.

On Friday, Dittes had said talks had made “good progress,” but warned of continuing issues on health care benefits and pathways to full employment for temporary employees.

In a statement to The Hill, a spokesperson for GM said on Sunday that the company continues “to negotiate in good faith with very good proposals that benefit employees today and build a stronger future for all of us.”

“We are committed to continuing discussions around the clock to reach a resolution,” the spokesperson added.

GM has pledged to continue workers’ health care benefits during the strike after initial reports they would be cut.  The company blamed those initial reports on “confusion,” but the union said GM only restored the benefits in response to public backlash over the cuts.

The strike recently entered its third week.

–This report was updated at 1:49 p.m.

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