Deal reached to end GM strike

Negotiators from General Motors and the United Auto Workers union have reached a tentative deal to end a 31-day strike by nearly 50,000 workers.

SPRING HILL, TN (WSMV) - General Motors employees continue to strike despite the announcement that an agreement deal is on the table.

The strike has been going at the Spring Hill and other GM locations for just over one month. A deal was reportedly reached on Wednesday, but the details of the agreement have not been released.

Companies impacted by the strike are breathing a preemptive sigh of relief, including auto mechanic shops that have gone without parts for General Motors vehicles.

"Unfortunately, GM makes a lot of exclusive parts," says William Vaughn, a mechanic with Midas on Charlotte Pike. “[It’s causing] big headaches, especially when [drivers] want to run up to the last day to get their tags and then they'll run in here and get it fixed and run it through, but there's no parts.”

Vaughn describes GM parts as scarce as the more than 49,000 employees are likely to stay on the picket lines a few more days until the United Auto Worker committee votes on the deal, perhaps as early as Thursday.

After the union committee approves the proposed deal, the rank-and-file UAW members would get to vote on the agreement.

Tim Stannard, UAW 1853 President, explained to News4 what was next.

“We have got a meeting in the morning with the chairman of the GM unit there and we’ve got a council meeting where we will go over the details and ask for our approval,” said Stannard. “They told us all along they wouldn’t come back with an agreement they weren’t proud of, we wouldn’t be proud of. I’m hopeful that’s what it is and I’m confident that’s what it is.”

A decision on when the strike will end will likely come out on Thursday after the meetings.

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Alexandria Adams joined the News4 team as a reporter in October 2017.

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Lauren Lowrey joined News4 as an anchor in December 2018.

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