by Scott McClallen
The United Auto Workers union members narrowly voted to ratify its contract with General Motors.
GM’s ratification tracker shows workers approving the contract on a 54.7% vote with nearly 36,000 votes in support, an unofficial number. The vote will end one-third of the auto strike that’s lasted about six weeks.
GM hasn’t responded immediately to a request for comment about contract details.
Ford and Stellantis are still voting on whether to ratify their contracts.
The tentative deals are somewhat similar among the Big Three Automakers.
Stellantis offered the UAW 25% in base wage increases through April 2028 and will cumulatively raise the top wage by 33% compounded with estimated COLA to over $42 an hour.
The starting wage will increase by 67% compounded with estimated COLA, to over $30 an hour. The lowest-paid workers at Stellantis, temporary workers, will see a raise of more than 165% over the agreement. Some workers at Mopar will receive an immediate 76% increase upon ratification.
The agreement reinstates benefits lost during the Great Recession, including cost-of-living allowances, a three-year wage progression, and ending wage tiers.
It improves retirement for current retirees, those workers with pensions and 401(k) plans and includes a right to strike over plant closures and a right to strike over product and investment commitments.
Also, UAW members ratified a new five-year collective bargaining agreement with Mack Trucks covering about 3,900 employees at facilities in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Florida.
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Scott McClallen is a staff writer covering Michigan and Minnesota for The Center Square. A graduate of Hillsdale College, his work has appeared on Forbes.com and FEE.org. Previously, he worked as a financial analyst at Pepsi. In 2021, he published a book on technology and privacy. He co-hosts the weekly Michigan in Focus podcast.
Photo “UAW Workers on Strike” by UAW International Union.