A General Motors representative told Business Insider on Tuesday that the White House "has no involvement" in the automaker's negotiations with the United Auto Workers — the union that represents manufacturing employees at GM, Ford, and Fiat Chrysler.
The statement comes two days after President Donald Trump urged GM and the UAW to reach an agreement.
The 49,000 GM employees represented by the UAW have been on strike since Sunday evening, after the union's contract with GM expired.
Ford and Fiat Chrysler agreed on short-term extensions to their contracts with the union.
The UAW had designated its new agreement with GM to serve as the template for new deals with Ford and Fiat Chrysler, but the union has been at odds with GM over health benefits, pay for temporary workers, and factory closures.
New York (CNN Business) - The United Auto Workers union and General Motors are locked in difficult labor negotiations, and a late night Saturday deadline looms for a new contract -- or a strike.
UAW President Gary Jones was directly implicated late Thursday in a growing scandal involving the union and its finances, the Detroit News reported.
The allegation against the UAW president, even if only in a news report, could be bad news for GM in its hope of reaching a deal with the union at a difficult time for the industry, said Kristin Dziczek, vice president of industry labor and economics for the Center for Automotive Research, a Michigan think tank.
In fact, the union generally extends the contract with two of the automakers as it tries to reach a deal with a "target" selected among the three.