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GM And UAW Reach Tentative Agreement To End National Strike

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The UAW GM National Council will vote on a new tentative deal Thursday, in a potential end to the national strike that has idled GM plants. Here, union members and their families rallied near the General Motors Flint Assembly plant on Sunday. Bill Pugliano/Getty Images hide caption

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The UAW GM National Council will vote on a new tentative deal Thursday, in a potential end to the national strike that has idled GM plants. Here, union members and their families rallied near the General Motors Flint Assembly plant on Sunday.

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General Motors and the United Auto Workers have reached a tentative agreement to end the strike that began one month ago, the labor union announced Wednesday. The UAW GM National Council will vote on the deal Thursday.

When the national council reviews the deal’s terms, it will also decide whether nearly 50,000 workers should remain on strike or if they should go back to work before the full membership ratifies the agreement.

In a short statement about the deal, GM said, “We can confirm the UAW’s statement regarding a proposed tentative agreement. Additional details will be provided at the appropriate time.”

Contract negotiations had been hung up on key issues, from workers’ wages and health care to profit-sharing and the carmaker’s reliance on temporary workers. The union had been seeking to win seniority rights for temp workers. Like GM, the union’s statement about the deal did not provide details about how those matters were resolved.

“The number one priority of the national negotiation team has been to secure a strong and fair contract that our members deserve,” said UAW Vice President Terry Dittes, director of the UAW GM department, in a news release about the breakthrough.

The UAW strike halted production at 33 GM manufacturing plants in nine states. It also affected more than 20 parts distribution warehouses. Industry analysts had predicted GM could lose as much as $50 million for every day the strike continued.

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Women’s group calls for Dems to pull MSNBC debate amid ‘culture of sexual abuse’ at NBC News

A prominent women’s group has called on the Democratic National Committee to pull its upcoming debate from MSNBC unless NBC News “cleans house” and launches an independent investigation into “allegations of a culture of sexual abuse” at the network.

UltraViolet Action, a leading national women’s organization, thinks the fifth Democratic presidential debate – which is currently scheduled to air on MSNBC next month – shouldn’t happen if NBC keeps its beleaguered leadership in place.

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“The DNC needs to make it clear that they support survivors of sexual abuse and cancel the upcoming 2020 Democratic presidential primary debate on MSNBC until Comcast and NBC News take clear steps to clean up the toxic culture that exists across their networks,” UltraViolet co-founder Shaunna Thomas said in a statement.

“The DNC needs to make it clear that they support survivors of sexual abuse and cancel the upcoming 2020 Democratic presidential primary debate on MSNBC until Comcast and NBC News take clear steps to clean up the toxic culture that exists across their networks.”

— UltraViolet co-founder Shaunna Thomas

The DNC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Ronan Farrow’s book, “Catch and Kill,” hit stores this week and details allegations that NBC refused to expose Harvey Weinstein as a sexual predator. The book also suggests the Peacock Network wasn’t truthful regarding knowledge of alleged sexual misconduct by former “Today” co-host Matt Lauer.

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Matt Lauer, Andy Lack and Noah Oppenheim.

Farrow reported that Weinstein leveraged information regarding Lauer to keep NBC off his back. Farrow’s former NBC News producer Rich McHugh, who is a key figure of the book, also penned a recent Vanity Fair column that said NBC News Chairman Andy Lack, and his top deputy Noah Oppenheim, breached “journalistic integrity” when they put the kibosh on the Weinstein story.

“Mounting reports show that NBC News executives – namely Noah Oppenheim – failed to hold sexual abusers accountable, failed to combat a toxic culture across newsrooms, and that the network’s so-called investigation into its culture was little more than a sham to provide cover for executives,” Thomas said.

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NBC famously told Farrow that his reporting on Weinstein wasn’t fit to print, so he took it to The New Yorker where it won the Pulitzer Prize and helped launch the #MeToo movement. “Catch and Kill” details Farrow’s side of the story and features additional accusations against NBC News bigwigs.

“Additional reports that MSNBC executive Phil Griffin showed staff graphic images of Access Hollywood personality Maria Menounos prove that this toxic culture is an epidemic that extends across nearly all newsrooms and networks at the company,” Thomas said. “Taken together, these initial reports demonstrate that NBC’s current leadership is either unable or unwilling to take appropriate steps to combat the culture of sexual abuse at the networks.”

After the Weinstein and Lauer bombshells were reported in 2017, NBC refused to hire an outside investigator to determine who knew about Lauer’s sexual misconduct and whether NBC executives looked the other way. NBC relied on in-house general counsel Kim Harris despite widespread calls for an outside law firm to conduct the review.

NBC eventually declared that management was completely oblivious to Lauer’s behavior and Harris’ high-powered colleagues were cleared by the network. Lack and Oppenheim remain atop NBC News.

“The DNC must stand with survivors and pull the upcoming democratic presidential primary debate from MSNBC until Comcast takes clear steps to clean house at NBC News.”

— UltraViolet co-founder Shaunna Thomas

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The UltraViolet founder said the ongoing issues “can only be solved by significant structural and cultural changes at MSNBC, NBC News and its parent company, Comcast,” and called on the DNC to stand with women and force necessary changes.

“The DNC must stand with survivors and pull the upcoming democratic presidential primary debate from MSNBC until Comcast takes clear steps to clean house at NBC News,” Thomas said.

MSNBC and NBC News did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

UltraViolet bills itself as “a powerful and rapidly growing community of people mobilized to fight sexism and create a more inclusive world that accurately represents all women, from politics and government to media and pop culture.”

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G.M. and U.A.W. Reach Tentative Contract Agreement

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The United Automobile Workers union and General Motors said Wednesday that they had reached a tentative agreement on a new labor contract that could end a monthlong strike that has idled G.M. plants across the Midwest and South.

Details of the contract terms were not released, although the union said it had “achieved major wins.” After the union’s announcement of the tentative accord, G.M. put out a two-sentence announcement of confirmation.

The move does not bring an immediate end to the strike. Contract terms still need to be approved by the union leadership, then ratified by a majority of the 49,000 U.A.W. members employed by G.M. The union had summoned officials of G.M. locals to a meeting on Thursday in Detroit.

“Out of respect for our members, we will refrain from commenting on the details until the U.A.W. G.M. leaders gather together and receive all details,” Terry Dittes, the union’s chief G.M. negotiator, said in a statement.

G.M.’s shares rose about 2 percent after the announcement.

The walkout, the first against a Detroit automaker’s nationwide operations since 2007, has left a mounting economic toll since it began on Sept. 16. It has cost the union, its members and G.M. itself hundreds of millions of dollars in lost dues, wages and revenue, as well as idling truckers and suppliers that serve the automaker.

The tentative agreement, if it becomes final, would solve the most immediate challenge facing G.M.’s chief executive, Mary T. Barra, and should provide certainty in calculating labor costs over the next four years. But she must contend with issues on other fronts, including a sales slowdown in the United States and China, and the need for big investments in electric vehicles and self-driving cars. And like other automakers, G.M. has continued to feel heat from President Trump over decisions on plant closings and foreign production.

The stakes were also high for the union. It faced discontent in its ranks over what members saw as a failure to win a fair share of the gains G.M. has made since its bankruptcy a decade ago.

The union was hoping to improve pay and benefits for temporary workers and more recent hires, who are on a pay scale that does not reach the top U.A.W. wage of $31 an hour. It pointed to G.M.’s record profits in North America and more than $10 billion in stock buybacks since 2015.

The union wanted G.M. to make firm commitments to producing future vehicles in United States plants, but said the company had resisted doing so.

G.M. entered the talks hoping to reduce its health care costs and limit increases in wages and benefits. It offered to invest $7 billion in United States factories.

If the General Motors contract is ratified, the U.A.W. will turn its focus to Ford Motor or Fiat Chrysler. Contracts with those manufacturers expired on Sept. 14, but workers have continued reporting to assembly lines while the union negotiated with G.M.

The U.A.W. is likely to try to hammer out similar terms with Ford and Fiat Chrysler, a standard practice known as pattern bargaining. The union chose G.M. as its target because the company has closed plants in the United States this year, and over the last several years has substantially increased production of vehicles at its four plants in Mexico.

Talks with Ford and Fiat Chrysler may be smoother because those companies have done less than G.M. to shift production south of the border. Ford, in fact, canceled plans to build a new plant in Mexico, and Fiat Chrysler has chosen to build a new Jeep factory in Detroit.

In the last five years, as American consumers flocked to high-margin trucks and sport utility vehicles, both G.M. and its unionized work force have prospered. In the last three years, G.M. has made $35 billion in profit in North America, and workers have been given annual profit-sharing checks averaging $11,000.

But even though G.M. was scaled down in bankruptcy, it still has excess production capacity. The company has enough plants to make about one million more vehicles than it is selling, according to the Center for Automotive Research, an independent, nonprofit group.

At the same time, G.M. is spending heavily to develop electric vehicles and self-driving technology, and its business outlook is uncertain. Auto sales have slowed in the United States, and some analysts expect a substantial decline in new-vehicle sales in 2020. Sales in China, the world’s largest auto market, have also softened.

Mark Wakefield, a managing director at AlixPartners, a consulting firm with a large automotive practice, said automakers were expected to spend some $225 billion over the next five years on development of electric and self-driving vehicles. “Industry profit is still good, but it’s down from its peak of a few years ago,” he said. The combination of heavy spending and slowing sales “has created some problems for them.”

That’s one reason that G.M. has been eager to retain flexibility in the size and deployment of its work force. Among the issues in dispute was the extent of G.M.’s use of temporary workers — now 7 percent of its head count — and their path to full-time status.

Marisol Gonzalez-Bowers worked for G.M. at Lordstown, Ohio, for about 24 years, most recently in “materials,” transporting parts to the assembly line. Relocating after the shutdown, she recently took a job at the company’s Lansing Delta Township plant in Michigan, where she was trained to assemble the insides of doors — the wires and plugs. Her trainers were almost all classified as temporary workers, she said, though they had been there four years.

“They’re working their butts off,” Ms. Gonzalez-Bowers said — and “making half my wages.”

[Watch the backstory of GM and its workers’ fight for survival in Lordstown, Ohio, on this episode of “The Weekly,” The Times’s new TV show.]

Most temporary workers earn $15 an hour, compared with roughly $31 an hour for workers hired before 2007. Most permanent workers hired after 2007, known as “in progression” workers, earn about $17 to $25 an hour.

Veteran workers are guaranteed pensions in retirement. In-progression and temporary workers have 401(k) accounts to which they contribute.

Robin Sweet, an employee at a Ford Ranger plant in Wayne, Mich., said workers were upset at both the automakers and the union for not doing more to make them whole after the concessions made during the last downturn. “We want that money back in our pay,” Ms. Sweet said in a text message.

The agreement with G.M., even if followed by accords with Ford and Fiat Chrysler, won’t end the strain on the U.A.W. president, Gary Jones, and several of his top lieutenants. A federal criminal investigation has yielded corruption charges against several union officials over the last four years, including a union vice president who was sentenced to 15 months in prison.

The scandal “is concerning to the membership,” said Kristin Dziczek, vice president for industry, labor and economics at the Center for Automotive Research. “It’s cast a shadow, and hangs over the union, and appears to ensnare high-ranking officials.”

The G.M. strike was the latest push by labor for a larger share of the billions of dollars in wealth created as the United States recovered from the recession of a decade ago.

On Saturday, about 3,600 U.A.W. members went on strike at Mack Truck plants in three states, demanding better wages and benefits.

Last year, teachers in West Virginia, Oklahoma, and North Carolina secured better working conditions after walking off the job. And grocery workers in Southern California narrowly averted a strike this month when the United Food and Commercial Workers union reached a deal with several California supermarkets. The new contract includes wage increases totaling $1.55 to $1.65 an hour over three years, as well as improved health care benefits and pension contributions.

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Women’s group calls for Dems to pull MSNBC debate amid ‘culture of sexual abuse’ at NBC News

A prominent women’s group has called on the Democratic National Committee to pull its upcoming debate from MSNBC unless NBC News “cleans house” and launches an independent investigation into “allegations of a culture of sexual abuse” at the network.

UltraViolet Action, a leading national women’s organization, thinks the fifth Democratic presidential debate – which is currently scheduled to air on MSNBC next month – shouldn’t happen if NBC keeps its beleaguered leadership in place.

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“The DNC needs to make it clear that they support survivors of sexual abuse and cancel the upcoming 2020 Democratic presidential primary debate on MSNBC until Comcast and NBC News take clear steps to clean up the toxic culture that exists across their networks,” UltraViolet co-founder Shaunna Thomas said in a statement.

“The DNC needs to make it clear that they support survivors of sexual abuse and cancel the upcoming 2020 Democratic presidential primary debate on MSNBC until Comcast and NBC News take clear steps to clean up the toxic culture that exists across their networks.”

— UltraViolet co-founder Shaunna Thomas

The DNC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Ronan Farrow’s book, “Catch and Kill,” hit stores this week and details allegations that NBC refused to expose Harvey Weinstein as a sexual predator. The book also suggests the Peacock Network wasn’t truthful regarding knowledge of alleged sexual misconduct by former “Today” co-host Matt Lauer.

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Matt Lauer, Andy Lack and Noah Oppenheim.

Farrow reported that Weinstein leveraged information regarding Lauer to keep NBC off his back. Farrow’s former NBC News producer Rich McHugh, who is a key figure of the book, also penned a recent Vanity Fair column that said NBC News Chairman Andy Lack, and his top deputy Noah Oppenheim, breached “journalistic integrity” when they put the kibosh on the Weinstein story.

“Mounting reports show that NBC News executives – namely Noah Oppenheim – failed to hold sexual abusers accountable, failed to combat a toxic culture across newsrooms, and that the network’s so-called investigation into its culture was little more than a sham to provide cover for executives,” Thomas said.

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NBC famously told Farrow that his reporting on Weinstein wasn’t fit to print, so he took it to The New Yorker where it won the Pulitzer Prize and helped launch the #MeToo movement. “Catch and Kill” details Farrow’s side of the story and features additional accusations against NBC News bigwigs.

“Additional reports that MSNBC executive Phil Griffin showed staff graphic images of Access Hollywood personality Maria Menounos prove that this toxic culture is an epidemic that extends across nearly all newsrooms and networks at the company,” Thomas said. “Taken together, these initial reports demonstrate that NBC’s current leadership is either unable or unwilling to take appropriate steps to combat the culture of sexual abuse at the networks.”

After the Weinstein and Lauer bombshells were reported in 2017, NBC refused to hire an outside investigator to determine who knew about Lauer’s sexual misconduct and whether NBC executives looked the other way. NBC relied on in-house general counsel Kim Harris despite widespread calls for an outside law firm to conduct the review.

NBC eventually declared that management was completely oblivious to Lauer’s behavior and Harris’ high-powered colleagues were cleared by the network. Lack and Oppenheim remain atop NBC News.

“The DNC must stand with survivors and pull the upcoming democratic presidential primary debate from MSNBC until Comcast takes clear steps to clean house at NBC News.”

— UltraViolet co-founder Shaunna Thomas

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

The UltraViolet founder said the ongoing issues “can only be solved by significant structural and cultural changes at MSNBC, NBC News and its parent company, Comcast,” and called on the DNC to stand with women and force necessary changes.

“The DNC must stand with survivors and pull the upcoming democratic presidential primary debate from MSNBC until Comcast takes clear steps to clean house at NBC News,” Thomas said.

MSNBC and NBC News did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

UltraViolet bills itself as “a powerful and rapidly growing community of people mobilized to fight sexism and create a more inclusive world that accurately represents all women, from politics and government to media and pop culture.”

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Ronna McDaniel: Fourth Democratic debate was another win for President Trump and GOP

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RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said Wednesday that Tuesday’s fourth Democratic primary debate was another win for President Trump.

Appearing on “America’s Newsroom” with host Bill Hemmer, McDaniel said that “Democrats continue to lurch further and further left and out of the mainstream of what the American people want.”

Rising Democratic co-frontrunner Sen. Elizabeth Warren came under attack from all sides during Tuesday night’s presidential debate, as former Vice President Joe Biden defiantly defended his son’s business practices overseas and vehemently denied any wrongdoing.

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All of the 12 Democrats onstage in Westerville, Ohio, backed the ongoing impeachment inquiry against Trump. The debate marked the first time the candidates met since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s news conference last month at which she unilaterally declared the inquiry had begun — a move that the White House has said is legally insufficient.

“Joe Biden continues to stumble and bumble through these debates. Bernie Sanders came in strong. Elizabeth Warren was treated as the frontrunner,” McDaniel said.

“I don’t think you’re going to see any of this narrowing down to one candidate any time soon which is great for us. And, again, the president won because he was the main topic of discussion,” McDaniel argued.

In addition, she said that Democrats were dishonest about the positive results of the Trump presidency, citing a strong economy.

“They continue to ignore the facts,” she told Hemmer. “We came out as big winners last night.”

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McDaniel said “there is no doubt” that the energy within the Democratic party is within “the socialist wing.”

After the debate on Tuesday, three members of the so-called far-left freshman “Squad” — including controversial New York Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — announced that they would back Senator Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in 2020. CNN reported that Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., will endorse Sanders as well.

“With this endorsement of Bernie Sanders, every American should be paying attention,” she warned. “They will bankrupt this country. They have no answer for how much this is going to cost the American people.”

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McDaniel said this is a “frightening” time for the American people and that “everybody needs to recognize this is going to be a choice between socialism and freedom.”

“President Trump is on the side of freedom and that’s where the American people will be,” she stated confidently.

Fox News’ Gregg Re, Paul Steinhauser, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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GM And UAW Reach Tentative Deal To End Massive Strike

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The United Auto Workers union announced Wednesday that it reached a tentative agreement with General Motors that could end a monthlong strike by nearly 50,000 workers.

A union council still needs to sign off on the package brokered by top union negotiators before the longest auto strike in a generation is called off. If the council approves it, it would go to the full membership for a ratification vote.

The strike could end as early as Thursday, when the council is set to meet. But union leaders may decide to continue the work stoppage until members officially ratify the proposal, which could take days.

GM employees walked off the job on Sept. 16, shortly after their previous contract with the company expired. Since then they have forgone hundreds of millions of dollars in wages, while GM lost more than an estimated $1 billion in profits due to the work stoppage. The workers have maintained picket lines day and night at every unionized GM facility in the U.S.

By presenting an offer to the council for approval, the union’s negotiating team may feel they have moved the company as far as they can. Indeed, previous updates from the union and GM suggested they had made progress on key sticking points, including a pathway to permanent employment for temporary workers.

The two sides had been hung up for weeks on the pay scale for newer GM workers and a commitment to keep work inside U.S. plants, according to letters the UAW sent to members in October.

But the fact that the negotiating team has reached a possible deal does not mean the workers will approve it. In 2015, UAW members rejected a tentative four-year deal reached with Fiat Chrysler, which, like GM now, was the first of Detroit’s Big Three to bargain that year with the union. The no vote forced the union back to the bargaining table to secure a better agreement that pleased members.

The UAW may decide to keep the strike going until ratification is complete, just to avoid a messy situation in which the work stoppage ends but workers reject the proposal.

Many workers told HuffPost they still remembered the sacrifices the union made a decade ago when GM was facing bankruptcy, and they expected a larger share of the pie now that GM was doing so well. The company had pre-tax profits of nearly $11 billion last year.

As for GM, the company was intent on keeping labor costs down as U.S. auto sales slow and it makes investments in electric vehicles. The company infuriated workers late last year when it announced plans to idle four U.S. assembly and transmission plants, leading to layoffs or relocations for thousands of employees ― a move widely seen as an opening shot in this year’s labor negotiations.

Reaching a deal with GM would make it likely the union could also firm up agreements with Fiat Chrysler and Ford relatively soon. The UAW engages in “pattern” bargaining with the three automakers, a system in which the first contract tends to set the general terms of the other two that follow. The union represents roughly 150,000 hourly workers at all three companies.

This story is developing and will be updated.

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Another Man Arrested In Probe Of Rudy Giuliani Associates

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NEW YORK (AP) — A Florida man wanted in a campaign finance case involving associates of Rudy Giuliani is in federal custody.

Federal authorities say they took David Correia into custody Wednesday at Kennedy Airport in New York City.

Correia is named in an indictment with two Giuliani associates arrested last week on charges they made illegal contributions to a congressman and a political action committee supporting President Donald Trump.

Giuliani is Trump’s personal lawyer. He says he had no knowledge of illegal donations.

Prosecutors say Correia conspired with other defendants to make political donations with the aim of trying to get support for a new recreational marijuana business.

Four defendants are expected to appear Thursday in federal court in Manhattan.

A lawyer for Correia is not yet listed in court records.

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GM And UAW Reach Tentative Deal To End Massive Strike

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The United Auto Workers union announced Wednesday that it reached a tentative agreement with General Motors that could end a monthlong strike by nearly 50,000 workers.

A union council still needs to sign off on the package brokered by top union negotiators before the longest auto strike in a generation is called off. If the council approves it, it would go to the full membership for a ratification vote.

The strike could end as early as Thursday, when the council is set to meet. But union leaders may decide to continue the work stoppage until members officially ratify the proposal, which could take days.

GM employees walked off the job on Sept. 16, shortly after their previous contract with the company expired. Since then they have forgone hundreds of millions of dollars in wages, while GM lost more than an estimated $1 billion in profits due to the work stoppage. The workers have maintained picket lines day and night at every unionized GM facility in the U.S.

By presenting an offer to the council for approval, the union’s negotiating team may feel they have moved the company as far as they can. Indeed, previous updates from the union and GM suggested they had made progress on key sticking points, including a pathway to permanent employment for temporary workers.

The two sides had been hung up for weeks on the pay scale for newer GM workers and a commitment to keep work inside U.S. plants, according to letters the UAW sent to members in October.

But the fact that the negotiating team has reached a possible deal does not mean the workers will approve it. In 2015, UAW members rejected a tentative four-year deal reached with Fiat Chrysler, which, like GM now, was the first of Detroit’s Big Three to bargain that year with the union. The no vote forced the union back to the bargaining table to secure a better agreement that pleased members.

The UAW may decide to keep the strike going until ratification is complete, just to avoid a messy situation in which the work stoppage ends but workers reject the proposal.

Many workers told HuffPost they still remembered the sacrifices the union made a decade ago when GM was facing bankruptcy, and they expected a larger share of the pie now that GM was doing so well. The company had pre-tax profits of nearly $11 billion last year.

As for GM, the company was intent on keeping labor costs down as U.S. auto sales slow and it makes investments in electric vehicles. The company infuriated workers late last year when it announced plans to idle four U.S. assembly and transmission plants, leading to layoffs or relocations for thousands of employees ― a move widely seen as an opening shot in this year’s labor negotiations.

Reaching a deal with GM would make it likely the union could also firm up agreements with Fiat Chrysler and Ford relatively soon. The UAW engages in “pattern” bargaining with the three automakers, a system in which the first contract tends to set the general terms of the other two that follow. The union represents roughly 150,000 hourly workers at all three companies.

This story is developing and will be updated.

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Another Man Arrested In Probe Of Rudy Giuliani Associates

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NEW YORK (AP) — A Florida man wanted in a campaign finance case involving associates of Rudy Giuliani is in federal custody.

Federal authorities say they took David Correia into custody Wednesday at Kennedy Airport in New York City.

Correia is named in an indictment with two Giuliani associates arrested last week on charges they made illegal contributions to a congressman and a political action committee supporting President Donald Trump.

Giuliani is Trump’s personal lawyer. He says he had no knowledge of illegal donations.

Prosecutors say Correia conspired with other defendants to make political donations with the aim of trying to get support for a new recreational marijuana business.

Four defendants are expected to appear Thursday in federal court in Manhattan.

A lawyer for Correia is not yet listed in court records.

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President Trump says Turkey’s invasion of Syria is ‘not our problem’

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President Trump on Wednesday once again defended his decision to remove U.S. military forces from northern Syria, saying before a meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella at the White House that Turkey’s invasion of Syria is “not our problem.”

Trump’s comments come amid widespread, bipartisan criticism of his decision to withdraw from the region and ahead of a planned trip by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence to press Turkey for a cease-fire in its attack on Syrian Kurdish fighters.

“We are not a policing agent,” Trump said. “It is time for us to go home.”

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Trump’s decision to move U.S. forces out of Syria effectively abandoned the Kurdish fighters, long allied with the U.S., and cleared the way for Turkey’s invasion. After heavy criticism at home, Trump sought new leverage with Turkey by imposing economic sanctions.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has so far defied U.S. threat of sanctions, saying the only way its military offensive would end was if Syrian Kurdish fighters leave a designated border area.

As he met Wednesday with Italy’s president, Trump said: “If Syria wants to fight to take back their land, that’s up to them and Turkey.”

Trump added: “There’s a lot of sand that they can play with.”

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But as Trump defends removing troops from northeastern Syria, he’s also talking up his recent decision to send more troops to Saudi Arabia to help the kingdom defend itself against Iran.

Trump says the U.S. is sending missiles and “great power” to the Saudis, and added: “They’re paying for that.”

Russia has moved quickly to entrench its leadership role and fill the void after Trump ordered the pullout of American forces in northeastern Syria. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in remarks carried by Russian news agencies that Moscow is committed to mediating between Syria and Turkey.

Following the U.S.’s withdrawal from northern Syria, Russia has sent troops to the war-torn region to mediate a resolution between Turkey and the Kurds.

Erdogan also said he had “no problem” accepting an invitation from Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit Russia soon to discuss Syria. He then threw into doubt a planned Nov. 13 meeting with Trump, citing anger over the sanctions that Washington imposed Monday on the NATO ally.

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Washington’s abrupt withdrawal of its troops pushed the Kurds to strike a deal with the Russia-backed government of Syrian President Bashar Assad, allowing his forces to return to regions of northern Syria they abandoned at the height of the eight-year civil war.

It has also allowed Moscow to take a more prominent role as an interlocutor among Assad, the former U.S.-allied Kurds and Turkey.

Russia announced it has already deployed troops outside the flashpoint town of Manbij to keep apart the Syrian military and Turkish-led forces. Syrian forces took control of Manbij as U.S. troops completed their pullout from the town Tuesday. The Syrian and Russian deployments appear to have thwarted Turkey’s hopes to capture the town, located just west of the Euphrates River.

Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister,  also said Moscow will continue to encourage Syria’s Kurds and the Syrian government to seek rapprochement following the U.S. withdrawal. The Kurds are hoping to reach a deal with Damascus that preserves at least some degree of the autonomy they seized for themselves during the civil war.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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