Ok I just put my tin foil hat. As I see it the union officials seem to have two main income flows charities and the companies. Now outside of the FBI what do they hate to see? I’ll tell you they don’t want to see their contract turned down by the membership. It looks bad on them and the companies probably get pissed.
That being said, I don’t see how they weren’t going to strike. They needed to punch the membership in the mouth. The companies have made a lot of money and the membership wants to recoup what they gave up in the past. There was a contract that was turned down last time that was a big surprise to the bargaining parties. Now they definitely don’t want that to happen again! So a strike was inevitable. The company is definitely not going to go back to one tier and get rid of the abuse of temps. So where does that leave us? Walking the picket line.
So now the “real bargaining” 😉 😉 can begin. Isn’t it funny that GM put that out there details of the negotiations? Then the union is like oh we received that offer so late . It’s actually pretty good and we would have thought about bringing it to the membership. Which contained the usual allocations for plants and 8000 grand. Then the medical benefits talk comes out. They are just throwing out bread crumbs for the membership to chew on.
Now after however long the DEAL will come out. It will be SWEETER than the reported details of the previous offer. The membership will have spent some time off work contemplating being on strike. It will not include HUGE gains closing the gap between the tiers and not a fundamental change in temps position in the company. It will probably have that big 10,000$ number and the insurance will be left mostly intact. Contract will not be turned down and the company and union can wipe their brows and go back to business as usual.Except for the FBI that is.