As voting results for the General Motors UAW contract begin to trickle in, unionized workers appear to be split on the proposal.
Yesterday it was revealed UAW Local 160, which represents workers at the GM Warren Technical Center, voted yes on the contract. Workers from the engineering center that spoke to media indicated they wanted the strike to come to an end, but not all union members are on board with the proposal. UAW Local 668 members at the Saginaw Metal Casting Operations plant also voted in favor of the contract, with 73% of skilled-trades workers and 75% of production members approving it.
Employees at GM’s Spring Hill Assembly plant in Tennessee have rejected the contract in a narrow 51-to-49 percent vote. Workers at the plant, which builds the GMC Acadia, Cadillac XT5 and Cadillac XT6, are represented by UAW Local 1853. About 3,300 people are employed there.
An analyst at investment banking firm Evercore ISI said the results of the Spring Hill vote are “casting some market doubt over whether deal will be ratified by the Friday deadline,” as the plant is one of GM’s largest in the U.S.
Several large UAW Locals are expected to turn in their votes today, including Local 598, which represents the 4,800 employees at Flint Assembly in Michigan, along with Local 652 representing just under 1,400 employees at the Lansing Grand River Assembly and Stamping plant. Bowling Green Assembly is also expected to turn in its voting results today. The Corvette plant employs 888 union-represented workers.
The UAW had pushed GM to re-open the Lordstown Assembly plant in Ohio under the new contract, which shut down in March, and was hoping to keep the Warren and Baltimore transmission plants open, as well. Under the proposal, only Detroit-Hamtramck will remain open, which was formerly set to shut down in January 2020. GM plans on building electric vehicles at the plant based on its new BT1 EV platform.
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 ($4,500 for temporary workers).