According to a recent poll, a majority of Americans view the latest GM contract offer to the United Auto Workers (UAW) to be a fair deal. The new poll results were released last week, with the UAW strike against the Big Three Detroit automakers (GM, Ford, and Stellantis) currently entering its fifth week. GM’s latest contract offer to the UAW includes a 20-percent wage increase over the life of the contract, the inclusion of cost of living allowance (COLA), healthcare benefits, and more.
The new poll, released by The Harris Poll, was conducted online within the U.S. on behalf of KRC Research between October 4th and October 6th, 2023, and included a sample size of 2,074 U.S. adults ages 18 and older. The poll results indicate that a majority of Americans (56 percent) believe that GM’s latest offer to the UAW is fair, while 14 percent believe it is unfair. Poll results are accurate within ± 2.7 percentage points with a 95 percent confidence level.
The poll results include 28 percent of poll respondents indicating that the General Motors offer is Completely Fair, while 28 percent indicate that it is Somewhat Fair. Thirty percent indicate a neutral stance, while 14 percent indicate it is either Completely Unfair or Somewhat Unfair.
“These findings contradict prior public opinion surveys because unlike prior polls which simply asked about support for the UAW, the KRC/Harris Poll survey shared what the average UAW-represented team member of a ‘Big Three’ automaker makes today and what they stand to make under GM’s proposed offer,” The Harris Poll states.
The Harris Poll lays out GM’s latest offer to the UAW, which includes $82,000 in wages, $33,000 in bonuses and profit sharing, $23,000 in healthcare benefits, and $12,000 in company-paid retirement contributions, bringing the grand total to $150,000 annually. The previous total compensation is stated as $134,000 a year, including $67,000 in wages, $33,000 in bonuses and profit sharing, $22,000 in healthcare, and $12,000 in company-paid retirement contributions.
In a video update posted October 19th, the Executive Vice President, Global Manufacturing and Sustainability, Gerald Johnson laid out General Motors’ latest offer to the UAW. Highlights include a 20-percent wage increase over the life of the contract, with an immediate wage increase to $35.55 per hour for 88 percent of team members, with annual wage increases every year after, with the majority of workers earning $39.24 per hour by the end of the contract. Cost of living allowance will help to offset inflation.
The contract also includes company-paid healthcare with zero monthly employee contributions, no deductibles, full dental and vision coverage, and 100-percent coverage for all medically necessary hospital, surgical, and medical care. On retirement, the General Motors offer includes 8 percent contribution on eligible earnings and a 25-percent increase to cover healthcare costs. Finally, the offer includes up to five weeks vacation time, two weeks of paid parental leave, and between 17 and 20 paid holidays.