The United Auto Workers (UAW) union and General Motors (GM) finalize an agreement, concluding the six-week strike among the Detroit Three automakers.
The UAW strike involved nearly 50,000 workers, costing billions over 40+ days.
Tentative deals for all three automakers, including Ford and Stellantis, have been achieved.
GM workers to resume duties after the official deal confirmation.
Reuters has reported that the United Auto Workers (UAW) union has successfully wrapped up negotiations with General Motors (GM), marking an end to a coordinated six-week strike that impacted Detroit’s three principal automakers. This resolution mirrors recent agreements UAW secured with Ford Motor and Stellantis. These advancements are seen as a substantial win for auto workers, particularly after prolonged periods of static wages and the notable concessions post the 2008 financial downturn.
Although specific details surrounding the GM agreement remain undisclosed, insiders hint that the UAW secured a similar wage increment package as with the other two manufacturers. This package reportedly boosts the maximum pay for seasoned workers by a third.
The strike, which began on September 15, saw participation from about 50,000 of the nearly 150,000 union members associated with the Detroit Three. The strategic, gradually intensifying strikes initiated by UAW caused significant financial strain, running into billions over a span exceeding 40 days.
The comprehensive strategy, designed by UAW President Shawn Fain, included simultaneous negotiations with all three automakers. The intention was to utilize potential strike threats at pivotal factories to expedite competitive offers from the companies to avert further walkouts. Now, the responsibility is on Fain to ensure the contracts gain endorsement from the UAW members at large.
Highlighting the significance of these developments, U.S. President Joe Biden applauded the provisional agreement. The Detroit automakers, however, expressed concerns that UAW’s stipulations might inflate costs, placing them at a competitive disadvantage, especially against non-unionized entities like Tesla and Toyota.