With contracts set to expire in September 2023, the United Auto Workers (UAW) labor union has been dialing up the pressure on the Big Three – General Motors, Ford and Stellantis – to pay up and agree to higher salaries and better benefits for unionized workers. Now, the labor union has released another video highlighting the discrepancies within the three automakers.
In a video posted online, the UAW states that the Big Three made over a quarter of a trillion dollars over the last decade, and gave executives extensive benefits. However, during the same time period, the labor union claims that workers were neglected.
“Big Three executives have lavished themselves with fat salaries while auto workers continue to live paycheck-to-paycheck, and can’t even keep up with inflation,” UAW Vice President Rich Boyer was quoted as saying. “Remember that the next time you hear them say ‘we are family.’ We are not family.”
As background, with contract negotiations heating up, the UAW is striking an aggressive stance as it makes demands for increased benefits and wages. In fact, this isn’t the first jab the labor union has struck at General Motors and company. As GM Authority previously reported, the UAW recently released a video criticizing The General for its handling of the Kokomo, Indiana plant operations, and has also released several statements that allude to a combative future.
“We are clear about what we want,” Secretary-Treasurer Margaret Mock was quoted as saying. “We want to end tiers that have been eating away at our union and causing undue hardship for thousands of our members hired since 2007. We want COLA to be re-established so that our wages can keep up with inflation. We want strong job security guarantees that protect our work, families, and communities.”