UAW-GM Contract Vote Looking Like a Close One
Today is the last day of voting for UAW members employed at General Motors plants. By day’s end, we’ll know whether the rank and file saw fit to ratify the tentative agreement signed last week, thus ending the now 40-day-long strike, or send their bargaining team back to the table in search of a better deal.
So far, the membership hasn’t proven particularly enthusiastic, especially those employed at GMCH parts plants.
As reported by Automotive News, GM Components Holdings workers at four plants feel left out of the big gains seen in the tentative agreement, with two western New York plants voting 81 percent against the deal.
“GMCH has always been referred to as the redheaded stepchild. We got the crumbs that fell off the table,” said Lockport, NY GMCH plant worker Bob Schimschack. Under the proposed contract, workers hired after the beginning of the last contract would see their maximum pay rise to $22.50 after eight years. Full-time workers at regular GM assembly plants would see their wages top $32 an hour within four years.
AN is keeping a running tally of results from the separate votes of GM production workers and skilled trades workers. At last check, it’s a slim “yes” from production workers, with broader support seen from the skilled trades. With just under 24,000 votes counted thus far among the production side, 12,996 have voted in favor with 10,961 opting for a better deal.
Earlier this morning, 58 percent of workers at Lansing Delta Township Assembly voted to rejected the deal, according to AN‘s Michael Martinez. A slim majority of Fairfax Assembly’s workers did the same. However, GM’s largest assembly plant, Arlington Assembly, gave the contract a healthy thumbs-up.
Voting wraps up this afternoon, and you can bet we’ll update you on the results.
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- FreedMike This article fails to mention that Toyota is also investing heavily in solid state battery tech - which would solve a lot of inherent EV problems - and plans to deploy it soon. https://insideevs.com/news/598046/toyota-global-leader-solid-state-batery-patents/Of course, Toyota being Toyota, it will use the tech in hybrids first, which is smart - that will give them the chance to iron out the wrinkles, so to speak. But having said that, I’m with Toyota here - I’m not sold on an all EV future happening anytime soon. But clearly the market share for these vehicles has nowhere to go but up; how far up depends mainly on charging availability. And whether Toyota’s competitors are all in is debatable. Plenty of bet-hedging is going on among makers in the North American market.
- Jeff S I am not against EVs but I completely understand Toyota's position. As for Greenpeace putting Toyota at the bottom of their environmental list is more drama. A good hybrid uses less gas, is cleaner than most other ICE, and is more affordable than most EVs. Prius has proven longevity and low maintenance cost. Having had a hybrid Maverick since April and averaging 40 to 50 mpg in city driving it has been smooth driving and very economical. Ford also has very good hybrids and some of the earlier Escapes are still going strong at 300k miles. The only thing I would have liked in my hybrid Maverick would be a plug in but it didn't come with it. If Toyota made a plug in hybrid compact pickup like the Maverick it would sell well. I would consider an EV in the future but price, battery technology, and infrastructure has to advance and improve. I don't buy a vehicle based on the recommendation of Greenpeace, as a status symbol, or peer pressure. I buy a vehicle on what best needs my needs and that I actually like.
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