But even the increased possibility of branch negotiations has sparked a valuable debate on how to better protect workers. In a recent speech, Mary Kay Henry, president of the large Employees International Union department, called for branch negotiations. But even when the law created a process in which workers could negotiate through their unions, the law also limited the scope of conflict. Instead of broad national economic issues, U.S. labour law limited contract negotiations to purely reloading issues in a particular company: pay, hours, benefits, etc. «I don`t think they took a step backwards,» he said. «I think they took a step forward. These are great successes of the union`s bargaining team. I think my goal is that they pushed him as far as possible. They did not want to make sure of who they wanted. They do not have to consider in the preliminary agreement more than 48,000 members this week.
But they will receive increases and bonuses that exceed current inflation, the removal of the $12,000 cap on profit distributions and a record $11,000 bonus — a much more lucrative contract than their agreement four years ago. That was understandable. The fault lies not with Reuther, but with the way labour law had limited the scope of collective bargaining. The table has proven to be a bad place to advance citizens` rights. Instead, big profits for blacks have come elsewhere – to Densit-Ins at noon, to the court and Congress. The UAW sued GM over its restructuring plan and said it was violating a 2015 collective agreement. At the time, automakers generally limited their black employees to the dirtiest and lowest paid jobs with little hope of ascension. And employers were not interested in opening contract negotiations to deal with civil rights. The parties are on the verge of reaching an agreement following the arrival of Barra and GM President Mark Reuss at the negotiating table. And that`s radically different from the corporate bargaining we see today in the United States. The longest and largest auto strike in decades ended this week, when UAW members were employed by General Motors Co.