UAW members ratify deal with GM despite some resistance

November 16, 2023

United Auto Workers (UAW) members who work for General Motors ratified the union’s deal with the automaker Thursday despite some resistance in pockets of the country. 

The UAW posted results of the voting on Thursday morning, with support from 54.7% of the nearly 36,000 autoworkers at GM who voted.

The deal had come under doubt on Wednesday, when some UAW members at GM plants in Tennessee, Michigan, Ohio and New York State voted against the proposed deal.

The UAW reached its tentative deals with each of the Big Three automakers—GM, Ford and Stellantis—separately, so each was being voted on separately.

The 45-day UAW strike against the Big Three began at midnight on September 15 and ended October 30 with tentative GM and Stellantis deals following a Ford deal the week prior.

The GM and Stellantis agreements are reportedly similar to the deal first struck with Ford, which includes a starting wage increase by 68%, to over $28 an hour over the life of the contract, according to the UAW. And the lowest-paid temporary workers would see pay rises of more than 150% over the period. The deal also includes improvements for current retirees, workers with pensions and workers who have 401(k) plans. And in a first for the UAW, the Ford deal includes a right to strike over plant closures.

Additionally, the UAW struck a deal with GM to bring all of that automaker’s electric vehicle (EV) battery plants under a national master agreement.

Voting by the UAW members on the Ford and Stellantis contracts are currently ongoing, but barring any major shifts in the current trend, or a swing in turnout, those deals are likely to pass as well, according to the union. 

PHOTO: UAW members on strike from GM plants in Lansing Michigan, October 25

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