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GM urges UAW to agree to 'around-the-clock' bargaining

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GM urges UAW to agree to 'around-the-clock' bargaining
General Motors assembly workers picket outside the General Motors Bowling Green plant during the United Auto Workers (UAW) national strike in Bowling Green, Kentucky, U.S., October 10, 2019. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston   -   Copyright  BRYAN WOOLSTON(Reuters)
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – General Motors Co <GM.N> late on Thursday urged the United Auto Workers (UAW) union to agree to around-the-clock bargaining to try to resolve a 25-day U.S. strike that has cost the company more than $1 billion in profits, according to a letter seen by Reuters.

The largest U.S. automaker expressed frustration after presenting the union with a comprehensive new contract offer on Monday without getting a formal counteroffer.

The UAW said in a letter earlier on Thursday that work to resolve issues by five committees must be completed first before it will make a comprehensive counterproposal.

“We should engage in bargaining over all issues around-the-clock to get an agreement,” wrote GM Vice President Scott Sandefur in the Thursday letter to the UAW.

(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Tom Hogue)

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