Washington (Gray DC) -- The United Auto Workers' union has reached a tentative deal with General Motors that could end the 31-day strike.
Picketers carry signs at one of the gates outside the closed General Motors automobile assembly plant, Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, in Lordstown, Ohio. A strike by over 49,000 United Auto workers that brought more than 50 General Motors factories and parts depots to a standstill in the U.S. could have been averted had the company made its latest offer sooner, the union's top negotiator said in a letter to the company. The automaker also offered to open an electric vehicle battery plant in Lordstown, Ohio, where it has a huge factory that has already stopped making cars and will be closed. The new factory would be in addition to a proposal to make electric vehicles for a company called Workhorse, according to a person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Gray DC spoke to several lawmakers about the news of a potential end to the strike.
The proposed deal includes a closure for a production plant in Lordstown, Ohio but GM told the union it plans to expand battery production into the region instead. A plant in Detroit, Michigan that was planned for closure has been saved in the proposed deal.
Local UAW leaders still need to sign off on the proposed deal before negotiations, and the strike, can officially come to a close.
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