UAW-GM negotiations hit a wall over job security

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Job security is a top concern in negotiations between General Motors and the UAW.

Union reps want a commitment from the automaker.

The UAW is demanding new products at American plants to guarantee jobs.

News 10's Cryss Walker went to the Grand River Assembly plant where workers are still pounding the picket line.

Ben skoczylas, uaw member on strike

“It's pretty tough,” said Ben Skoczylas, a member on strike.

“You know we're working off of $250, which is a week, which is a portion of our pay.”

In the latest round of negotiations the union released a letter stating there's "little to report" on their top agenda items.

“We're still staying strong, you know solidarity and you know we just have to believe in our negotiating, bargaining group and stick strong with that,” Skoczylas said.

The UAW wrote in the letter stating positions are not protected when GM products are made in other countries and sold in the U.S.

“General Motors has gotten a lot of profits off of the get backs we gave back in 2008 and they want to keep those,” Skoczylas said.

The union continues by stating GM vehicles that are sold here should be built here.

Analysts say GM is also feeling the impact with the strike costing the company 165,000 vehicles.

Experts also say GM has passed the point where it can make up for the lost volume, even though dealers say they currently have enough inventory for several weeks.

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