DETROIT (PM) — The United Auto Workers union prepares to strike against General Motors following the two sides not striking a tentative deal before a Saturday night deadline.
UAW Vice President Terry Dittes, who oversees the union’s GM unit, made the strike announcement during a press conference Sunday morning in Detroit. The strike will take effect at 11:59 p.m Sunday night.
The union, according to Dittes, did not make this decision lightly. He described the strike as the union’s “last resort.” He did not take questions after the remarks.
Brian Rothenberg, a spokesman for the union, said the union does not believe a deal will be reached to avoid a strike. He said upward of 200 or so local union leaders collectively voted for the strike.