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UAW leader slams ‘insulting’ General Motors wage offer as strike threat looms

General Motors’ first wage-and-benefit offer to the United Auto Workers on Thursday fell far short of the union’s initial demands.

The offer comes just a week before the UAW’s national contracts with GM, Stellantis and Ford expire, and even though both sides are far apart, it’s a sign of movement on economic issues.

Still, union President Shawn Fain called the offer “insulting.” He is threatening to strike against any automaker that hasn’t reached a tentative agreement by the time contracts expire at 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 14. A strike against one or more automakers by up to 146,000 autoworkers is a real possibility.

In an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday, Fain conceded that the union won’t get all of its demands in bargaining. He said the UAW would go on strike next week against any of the three automakers that have not reached a tentative contract agreement.

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