By ROB GILLIES/Associated Press

TORONTO (AP) – The head of the Canadian Auto Workers says General Motors is waiting for a counter-proposal from the union and he says there has been significant progress toward a new labor deal.

READ MORE: Two People Killed After Car Attempts To Outrun Amtrak Train in Detroit

CAW President Ken Lewenza said late Tuesday they will make the offer Wednesday. He also says they’ve made progress with Chrysler.

READ MORE: Biden Announces Nearly $3 Billion To Address Food Shortages

The union decided Monday to keep working past a midnight strike deadline after reaching a tentative deal with Ford and extending its contracts with GM and Chrysler.

Workers are staying on the job as talks continue, but can go on strike after giving GM and Chrysler 24 hours’ notice. Both companies asked for more time to study the deal with Ford. The CAW wants the Ford contract to serve as a template for the other two companies.

MORE NEWS: 'These Cases Are Not Over': Michigan Solicitor General Reacts To Court's Ruling In Flint Water Crisis Indictments

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)