The United Auto Workers (UAW) reached a deal on Monday with the last of the Big Three automakers, ending their strike that started in September, according to the union.
The UAW reached a tentative deal with General Motors, ending the strike that began when the union workers current contracts expired on Sept. 14, according to an announcement from the union. The other two automakers targeted by the strikes — Ford and Stellantis — reached a tentative deal on Wednesday and Saturday, respectively, after the targeted strike resulted in over 40 different facilities between the Big Three automakers being shut down by worker walk-outs. (RELATED: Legacy Auto Manufacturer Backs Off 2024 EV Target As Strike Drags On)
“This contract is about more than just economic gains for autoworkers,” the union said in a Twitter post on Sunday. “It’s a turning point in the class war that has been raging in this country for the past forty years. For too long it’s been one-sided and working class people have been losing. That’s why this contract is more than just a contract. It’s a call to action to workers everywhere to organize and to fight for a better life.”
Proud to spend the day with @UAW Local 1853 on the picket at Spring Hill Manufacturing, General Motors’ largest plant in North America, as they join the national strike.
The auto industry has made record breaking profits and workers are demanding a record breaking contract. ❤️✊🏾 pic.twitter.com/LxcBVf6VXf
— Rep. Justin Jones (@brotherjones_) October 30, 2023
The deal, which extends through April 2028, will give workers a 25% base wage increase over the course of the contract and a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), which compounds to a total estimated wage increase of 33%, according to the UAW announcement. The starting wage for new workers will increase by 70% when compounded with COLA.
The agreement also ends wage tiers and expands its contract to cover GM workers at the company’s electric vehicle and battery plants, according to the union.
Just hours after the UAW reached a deal with Stellantis on Saturday, the union expanded its strike against GM at one of its factories in Tennessee in an effort to put more pressure on the last remaining automaker.
The union’s members must still vote on the deal and could shoot down the tentative agreement, similar to the vote that sent Mack Trucks striking earlier in October. Around 4,000 UAW workers went on strike at the truck manufacturer after 73% of workers voted against the deal reached by union leadership and the company.
GM and UAW did not immediately respond to a request to comment from the Daily Caller News Foundation.
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