97 Percent of UAW Members Approve Strike Action

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy

97 percent of uaw members approve strike action

In news that surprises no one, members of the UAW have voted overwhelmingly in favor of a strike should their contracts expire in mid-September.

These votes are generally seen as a formality, part of the union’s constitution and often viewed as part of the negotiation procedure. It doesn’t cement that there will or will be a strike but does give leverage in the bargaining process. “Our goal is not to strike,” UAW President Shawn Fain said earlier today during a Facebook Live event. “I want to make that very clear. Our goal is to bargain good agreements for our members.” He then went on to say how this particular vote prepares all hands in the event action is taken on the path to new contracts.

It is being reported that union demands include a 46 percent wage increase over the next four years, a 32-hour work week for 40 hours' pay, rolling over current supplemental employees to full-time, some cost-of-living adjustments, plus pensions and retiree health care for all. It is suggested these items could drive total labor costs over $100 per hour, nearly double the cost estimated to be borne by some foreign automakers and the crew at Tesla.

Readers with sharp memories will recall the Detroit Three have seen fat margins as of late, some of which were shared with UAW employees through profit-sharing payouts. Some 40,500 eligible workers at Stellantis may have pocketed up to $14,760 while The General paid out up to $12,750 to 42,300 eligible UAW hourly employees. Ford’s largesse was slightly smaller. However, temporary and supplemental workers don't receive profit-sharing checks, which is one of the points in this year’s negotiations.

The union says they have over $800 million in their war chest, with designs on doling out $500 per week in strike pay should job action be taken next month. As for rhetoric being slung around during these negotiations, former Ford CEO Mark Fields actually said the words “Wages don’t really matter much if you don’t have jobs.” Oof. A summary of the members' demands can be found here.

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  • MrIcky MrIcky on Aug 28, 2023

    • When you are negotiating- you're first offer is always much higher than you expect to get for the sake of having room to move. Dont make too much out of specifics of demand
    • CEO pay is at all time high, overall profits crazy high despite market condition
    • No longer making 'price leader' cars, so per unit profit arguments are not good

    • vs
    • stock yields arent a good argument for UAW, dividends were all over the place
    • current performance is no guarantee of future performance and forecasters say BIG 3 need to make a warchest now to weather a future storm
    • current market is moving toward fewer different vehicle models vs more so real pressure to start closing plants is coming soon

    Sinn Féin probably won't blow things up, it will end up being a market adjustment with a bonus package and an easier path to a senior track to keep makers from turning over senior workers just to keep cost down. My bet is it will be a yawn fest.

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    • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later on Aug 29, 2023

      "Sinn Féin probably won't blow things up"

      When did the Good Friday accords become rescinded?

  • Dukeisduke Dukeisduke on Aug 28, 2023

    This is going to get really ugly. If a strike drags on, you're going to see some Tier 2 and Tier 3 suppliers go out of business, causing new supply chain issues, for both the Big 3 and the transplants.

    • Lou_BC Lou_BC on Aug 29, 2023

      I doubt we'd see a prolonged strike with a federal election looming

  • Tassos Your title says FORD to offer blah blah, but on the photo there is a DAMNED KIA instead What gives?
  • Dukeisduke There were aftermarket ac/c systems for these - they used a plastic duct with vents that sat atop the transmission tunnel.
  • GrumpyOldMan I had a '73 for around 18 years. It had a foot operated windshield washer pump, four grease fittings (one on each each door hinge), and coil spring rear/transverse leaf front suspension. No trunk, but a good size luggage area behind the seats. Almost made it to 200K miles, but the tin worm got it.
  • Dukeisduke As far as I'm concerned, the jury's still out on the new Tacoma. I've read about too many new Tundras with mechanical problems like failed wastegates. I'm not confident these won't have similar teething problems. Toyota should just stay away from turbos.
  • TheDrake I owned a ‘69 GT back in the mid seventies and it was a great little car. The 1.9 liter engine in a rwd car that weighed around 2,000 lbs made for a fun ride. Maybe the best handling car I ever drove, felt like it was on rails.