UAW looks to expand after record contracts
Thousands of auto workers signing union cards
The United Auto Workers union is smelling blood in the water. Riding its historic contracts with Ford, Stellantis, and GM, the union is calling out to all non-union autoworkers in America and asking them to join up.
The contracts the UAW ratified with the Detroit Three boost worker pay by 25 percent over four years and come with significant boosts to cost-of-living and other benefits. In response, several non-union automakers announced far smaller wage increases for their owne staff.
“It’s time for non-union autoworkers to join the UAW and win economic justice at Toyota, Honda, Hyundai, Tesla, Nissan, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Subaru, Volkswagen, Mazda, Rivian, Lucid, Volvo and beyond,” the UAW says on a site aimed at each of the non-UAW automakers.
Forming unions at all of those automakers could add 150,000 members to the UAW, it said. That would represent a doubling in the size of its membership.
“We’ve lost so much since I started here, and the raise won’t make up for that,” said Toyota Georgetown worker Jeff Allen. “It won’t make up for the health benefits we’ve lost, it won’t make up for the wear and tear on our bodies. We still build a quality vehicle. People take pride in that, but morale is at an all-time low. They can give you a raise today and jack up your health benefits tomorrow. A union contract is the only way to win what’s fair.”
The new UAW Detroit Three contracts expire on April 30, 2028. UAW President Shawn Fain has been enouraging unions in other sectors to set their contracts for the same date, setting the stage for much wider labour strikes across the country.