The United Auto Workers labor union, better known as the UAW, is expected to receive a contract proposal from General Motors tomorrow, September 7th, 2023. The proposal will arrive amid ongoing contract negotiations between the UAW and GM to hash out an agreement ahead of expiration of the current auto contract next week. UAW members have already voted overwhelmingly in favor of strike authorization.
According to a recent report from Reuters, which cites an anonymous source familiar with the matter, the UAW expects to receive a proposal from GM one week before the expiration of the current auto contracts on September 14th. The anonymous source also indicates that the UAW will receive a labor contract counterproposal on economic issues from Ford sometime today. The UAW is currently engaged in contract negotiations with each of the Big Three Detroit automakers, including GM, Ford, and Stellantis.
The current labor contract negotiations have been somewhat contentious, with the UAW recently filing an unfair labor practice charge against GM, accusing the automaker of using delay tactics as the current contract deadline approaches. UAW President Shawn Fain stated that little progress had been made thus far with regard to finding a new labor deal, and that GM was not bargaining in good faith.
In response to the charge, GM Executive Vice President, Global Manufacturing, Gerald Johnson said that GM was “surprised” by the charge, adding that it had “no merit and is an insult to the bargaining committees.” According to Johnson, negotiations are making progress, and the pace is determined on “how quickly both parties resolve nearly 1,000 UAW demands, including more than 90 presented [the final week of August].”
UAW President Fain concedes that while the union’s demands are indeed “ambitious,” the soaring profits realized by automakers in the past several years justify the high demands.
Meanwhile, President Biden has weighed in on negotiations on several occasions, urging in August for both sides to reach a fair agreement, and recently stating that he does not believe a strike will happen.