The UAW has voted to ratify the General Motors contract proposal, with roughly 57% of union members voting in favor of the deal.
According to the Detroit Free Press, more than 38,000 UAW GM workers voted during the ratification process. GM employs around 46,000 UAW workers in total.
While neither GM nor the UAW has yet to officially comment on the results, tallies point to the proposal being narrowly passed. Voting closed at 4 p.m. ET and GM is expected to release a comment on the matter sometime tonight.
It’s not clear when UAW GM employees will return to work. However, with GM desperate to get its production lines back up and running, the automaker will be keen to see workers return to their respective manufacturing plants as soon as possible.
As per the contract, UAW members will receive an $11,000 ratification bonus for passing the proposal, while temporary workers will receive $4,500. They will also 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. GM also agreed to invest $7.7 billion in its US manufacturing operations under the deal, which will see the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant remain open for the foreseeable future. Lordstown Assembly in Ohio will remain closed under the deal, as will the automaker’s Warren and Baltimore Transmission plants.
The UAW strike against GM started on September 16 and has cost the automaker nearly $2 billion so far, as per analyst estimates. The strike lasted a total of 40 days, making it the longest GM employee strike since the union held a 67-day strike back in 1970.
GM and the UAW’s agreed-upon contract will now be used as the basis for the UAW’s contract negotiations with Ford Motor Company and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
Source: Detroit Free Press