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GM ‘open’ to union concerns, CEO says

Posted Wednesday, May 6, 2009, 1:29 pm in Employee News

General Motors Corp. boss Fritz Henderson said Tuesday the company is open to modifying planned production cutbacks when it meets with union negotiators this week, The Detroit News reported.

The olive branch was extended as the United Auto Workers sent a letter to senators, complaining about GM’s most recent restructuring proposal, the paper said. The automaker said last month it would cut production and jobs deeper than previously planned under a proposal designed to satisfy the Obama administration, the News reported. The White House, which is considering additional aid to GM, was concerned that its earlier restructuring proposal was not aggressive enough, the paper said.

According to the News, GM and the union are to begin negotiations this week on the production and job cuts and other issues, including the company’s obligations to a UAW-run fund for retiree health care. Henderson did not offer specifics for what the company might modify. But he said he did not consider any issue off the table in talks with the union, the story said. (The Detroit News)
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