Automakers ‘won something no one thought possible’ by the UAW

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On several of the main demands that sparked the six-week strike against Ford, General Motors, and Jeep manufacturer Stellantis, the United Auto Workers achieved at least some success.

The union has provided some information about the agreements, including a thorough justification of the one it came to with Ford. It is anticipated that the deal would serve as a template for other settlements with Stellantis and GM. Every contract must be ratified by rank-and-file UAW members before it becomes operative.

When he presented the tentative agreement last week, UAW President Shawn Fain stated, “We won things no one thought possible.”

Approximately 16,600 of the 57,000 employees that the union represents at the corporation went on strike. According to the union, the following are the main terms of the agreements:

According to the union, the tentative agreements allow for salary hikes of 25% by April 2028, bringing maximum pay to almost $42 per hour. This consists of an 11% boost upon ratification, three 3% yearly rises, and a 5% final increase. According to the UAW, the reinstatement of cost-of-living raises, which were put on hold in 2009, might raise the overall rise to almost 30%.

The union reduced its initial demand for hikes to 36% before to the start of the strike on September 15. Prior to the walkout, Ford had offered 9% more in salary over a four-year period. Recently, compensation rises of 23% were being offered by Ford, GM, and Stellantis.

The union claimed that, as a point of historical comparison, the wage increases for its members were 23% for every year between 2001 and 2022.