GM`s provisional agreement includes 1,300 new training places, including at least 400 new apprentices, the first 200 of which would be added next year. GM artisans are not entitled to a $60,000 early retirement incentive, which GM will offer up to 4,000 eligible employees under the contract. The agreement includes a signing bonus of $8,000 for all workers and $2,000 for temporary workers. A majority of 55.4 percent of UAW GM workers voted in favor of the new deal earlier this month, but of that total, 58.3 percent of production workers supported it, while only 40.5 percent of artisans agreed. The UAW also encouraged new jobs, products and an additional $1.9 billion in new GM investments under the deal. The new investments will create and/or add more than 3,300 jobs at 12 sites, the UAW said. The IEB, a group of 14 members, including UAW officers and regional directors, met Friday afternoon. UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada said Friday night in a letter to union leaders and the store`s president that the board had found the contract had been ratified. “I would like to personally thank the local union leadership who supported the agreement,” Estrada wrote. “We believe this agreement will provide UAW members, now and in the future, with significant wage increases and stable, long-term commitments to job security,” said UAW President Dennis Williams. “We look forward to presenting the details of these achievements to local union leaders and members.” Gallery: UAW and GM officials get their hands on contract negotiations for 2015 The four-year deal, which went into effect Monday, came after two weeks of research into why artisans refused the deal while production workers approved it. The Detroit-based automaker and UAW agreed on a preliminary deal nearly a month ago. United Auto Workers ratified General Motors Co.`s contract agreement on Friday, after the union and GM agreed on a linguistic clarification of qualification classifications.
GM and the union have agreed on changes that allow locksmiths, mill builders, machine repairers and toolmakers to maintain their current classifications, although the parties have agreed that these workers could be trained through to allow the company to be flexible, according to two sources who are aware of the parties` agreement. . . .