Workers at the GM Flint plant in Michigan have voted against the tentative national agreement reached late last month between the United Auto Workers (UAW) labor union and General Motors. The tentative agreement was reached after a 46-day strike estimated to have cost General Motors hundreds of millions of dollars per week. Several other General Motors plants have also voted against the agreement, likely placing the overall vote in a dead heat.
In a recent post to social media, UAW Local 598, which represents workers at the GM Flint Plant in Michigan, published ratification vote results for the new national tentative agreement. According to the post, 47.1 percent of production workers voted in favor, while 52.8 percent voted against. The vote among skilled trades workers was 64.8 percent in favor and 35.1 percent against, placing the grand total at 48.2 percent in favor and 51.8 percent against.
The GM Romulus Powertrain plant, Pontiac Metal Center, and Marion Metal Center also narrowly voted against the tentative agreement.
GM and the UAW reached the tentative agreement late last month, more than six weeks after the union called its initial round of strikes against the Big Three Detroit automakers (General Motors, Ford, and Stellantis) on September 15th following the expiration of the previous national labor contracts. The UAW employed a targeted strike strategy wherein workers were called on to walk out only at certain production facilities, rather than all facilities at the same time.
The tentative agreement with General Motors followed similar contract agreements with Ford and Stellantis. The agreement was approved by the UAW GM Council earlier this month following a review, after which the agreement was sent to union membership for a ratification vote.
The agreement includes major wage increases across the board, the sum of which surpass the total wage increases made over the last 22 years. Highlights include a rate of $40 per hour by the end of the contract for temporary workers hired in 2023, as well as up to an 89-percent wage immediate increase for several workers. Production workers will earn up to $42 per hour by 2028 when factoring in cost of living adjustments (COLA), while the starting wage for UAW members will be $30 per hour by 2028. Skilled trades employees will earn up to $50 per hour.