According to UAW Local 598’s Facebook page, which represents the 4,800 hourly workers at the plant, 60.9% of Flint Assembly employees voted in favor of the contract proposal, while 39.1% were against it. The Flint UAW branch is the second largest in the United States, so the voting results bode well for GM which wants to see the contract approved so it can get its production lines back up and running. ABC affiliate WXYZ Detroit says the Flint result is a strong sign the contract will be passed.
Voting results continue to be a mixed bag, however. UAW Local 2164, which represents workers at Bowling Green Assembly in Kentucky, shot down the proposal, with 56 percent of workers voting against it and 44% voting in favor. The Bowling Green plant, which builds the Chevrolet Corvette, only employs around 900 workers, though, so it is much smaller than Flint.
According to The Detroit News‘ UAW vote tracker, the ‘Yes’ vote is currently leading the way over the ‘No’ vote by roughly 60%. Many plants still have to turn in their ballots, though, with GM only receiving results from eight plants so far, with another 27 outstanding. All ballots must be turned in by Friday, October 25th at 4 p.m. ET.
The Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant in Metro Detroit is expected to submit its voting results today. The new contract will allocate production of GM’s upcoming BT1-based electric vehicles to the plant, which will allegedly include an electric GMC pickup, electric Hummer SUV and electric Cadillac crossover. This would result in about 2,225 jobs being retained at the plant, which could produce as many as 80,000 vehicles per year by 2024.
If ratified, the contract will see UAW workers will receive a 3-percent wage increase and 4-percent lump-sum payment on alternating years of the four-year contract, along with the same healthcare plan and an $11,000 ratification bonus for full time workers. Temporary workers will receive a $4,500 ratification bonus.
The UAW had previously said it would not accept a contract that didn’t include new products for both Detroit-Hamtramck and Lordstown Assembly, but the Lordstown facility will remain closed under the proposal—which is likely a major contributing factor in UAW members’ indecision.