UAW-GM Workers To Remain On Strike While Voting On Proposed Contract

Tentative deal includes $11K bonuses, closing 3 plants

WWJ News
October 17, 2019 - 5:21 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - The UAW-GM Council has voted to a recommend tentative four-year contract agreement, but that will not immediately end the monthlong strike. 

At a news conference following a daylong meeting, union leadership annoucned they'd approved the proposal. However, they said workers will stay on the picket lines at least another week until the deal is ratified through a full membership vote. 

Voting will begin this Saturday and continue through next Friday

A hefty $11,000 signing bonus highlights perks UAW GM workers could receive if they approve it, according to a summary of the deal released by the UAW. 

Here are the highlights: 

  • Proposed contract includes $11,000 ratification bonuses for workers, and no limit on profit sharing (had been capped at $12,000)
  • Workers would get 3% raises in odd years and and 4% lump sum payments in even years
  • Deal would bring all current in-progression workers up to full pay within 4 years (had been an 8-year path). Temporary workers will become full time in 3 years
  • Deal would result in closing of powertain plans in Warren and Baltimore, plus a plant in Lordstown, Ohio, and a small parts distrubtion center in Fontana, Calif.
  • Workers at closing facilities will get extra assistance; some will get $60,000 buyouts.
  • Detroit-Hamtramk will stay open. GM has promised new electric pickup will be made there.


Meanwhile, pickets continue on day 32 of the strike. 

Outside the GM Tech Center in Warren, "Big John" -- who's worked for GM for 13 years -- said he wants to read the fine print before he casts his vote.

"We want to see the wages, we want to see the job security, we want to see benefits," he told WWJ's Charlie Langton. "We want to see what's gonna happen with the future, you know? We don't want to come up short."

Stay with WWJ for the latest developments.