Unions around the country representing the employees held votes over the past few weeks and the overwhelming majority voted in favor.
While the authorization does not mean there will be a strike, it does give GM employees the ability to strike if need be.
According to the General, the strike vote is a procedural process that occurs each contract. Incidentally, the current four-year contract with the union is primed to expire in just two weeks.
“The resounding ‘yes’ vote enables your elected bargaining committee to leverage for the best agreement possible,” the news outlet quoted Estrada as saying.
According to the Vice President, the UAW’s GM bargaining committee presented the General with workers demands and will meet over the next few weeks to hopefully work out an agreement.
“We remain committed to working with our UAW partners on an agreement that benefits employees and strengthens GM’s long-term competitiveness,” said a GM spokesperson.
It is the first year since 2007 that UAW workers can strike against General Motors.