Workers at the GM Spring Hill plant in Tennessee have voted against ratification of the recent tentative agreement between the United Auto Workers (UAW) and General Motors. The new UAW tentative agreement was reached late last month after a 46-day strike. Ratification voting results have been a mixed bag, with estimates placing the total vote tally near 50/50.
Per a report from The Detroit News, 67.5 percent of UAW members at the GM Spring Hill facility (UAW Local 1853) voted against the new contract, while 32.5 percent voted in favor. Among production workers, 71 percent voted against the contract, while 56 percent of skilled trades workers voted against. The outlet also reports that 90 percent of workers at the General Motors subsidiary GM Subsystems LLC voted in favor of the contract. Subsidiary workers are expected to receive a major wage increase if the the tentative agreement is ratified.
Ratification votes for the new UAW agreement have been ongoing all this month. Workers at the General Motors Flint plant in Michigan voted against the agreement last week, with 48.2 percent of members voting in favor, and 51.8 percent voting against. Workers at the General Motors Romulus Powertrain plant, Pontiac Metal Center, and Marion Metal Center also narrowly voted against the new contract.
As ratification vote results continue to trickle in, the overall consensus looks closely split, with the latest estimates narrowly placing the yes votes ahead of the no votes. That said, votes from several General Motors facilities have yet to be added to the final tally.
The new tentative UAW agreement with General Motors follows similar contract agreements with Ford and Stellantis. The General Motors agreement was negotiated after a 46-day strike that’s estimated to have cost the automaker hundreds of millions of dollars per week. The new agreement includes substantial wage increases, including a rate of $40 per hour for temporary workers hired this year by the end of the contract, $42 per hour by 2028 for production workers when factoring in cost of living adjustments (COLA), a starting wage of $30 per hour by 2028, and a wage of $50 per hour for skilled trades employees.