With voting nearly complete, long-time workers should soon see pay rise by about 33%, while some newer workers and temps will see their pay more than double. Final tallies are expected this weekend.
Even with pay raises of 25% and other improvements on the table, a large share of General Motors autoworkers are voting to reject the contract reached after a nearly seven-week strike.
Big 3 autoworkers are voting on the record contracts that emerged after the six-week auto strike. While the overall tallies so far favor the deals, a majority voted no at two major truck plants.
After a six-week strike, the United Auto Workers union reached record contract deals with Ford, General Motors and Stellantis. But as workers vote on the deals, some say it's not enough.
Five weeks into the autoworkers' strike against Ford, General Motors and Stellantis, the automakers have significantly increased their offers but UAW leader Shawn Fain says there's still room to move.
The deal recognizes employee contributions with significant pay and benefit increases and additional job security, the automaker said.
UAW workers at 38 GM and Stellantis faciilties across 20 states walked off their jobs, though Ford was not hit with new strikes. President Biden is set to attend a picket line next week.
Driving the UAW's tough stance in negotiations with the Big Three automakers is the sense that the union is owed a long-overdue redressal for all the concessions workers made in 2007.
For the first time, the UAW is on strike against the Big 3 U.S. automakers at once. Workers at three plants have been called out so far, with more to follow Friday if there's no progress on a deal.
There are several ways the unprecedented United Auto Workers strike could hit the economy, but it will depend on how long the strike lasts and how many plants are affected, among other factors.
Bold union demands, bolstered by a tight labor market and frustration throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, are paying off in some sectors with significant raises for workers.
Less than two hours before the strike deadline, United Auto Workers revealed the first wave of plants to be targeted if the union and the Big 3 automakers fail to reach a deal just before midnight.
The popular electric vehicle was released in the 2017 model year and had to be recalled twice due to battery issues. General Motors plans to only make electric vehicles by 2035.
Also under an agreement between the two companies GM will adopt Tesla's connector, the plug that links an electric vehicle to a charging station. Ford recently made a similar announcement with Tesla.
General Motors CEO Mary Barra said the company would halt production on small EV at the end of the year — shifting the plant in Orion Township, Mich., to make two new electric truck models instead.