Done deals: UAW confirms ratified contracts with GM, Ford and Stellantis

United Auto Workers President Shawn Fain gestures in solidarity with striking workers during a rally at UAW Local 551 on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023, in Chicago. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

The United Auto Workers on Monday confirmed that members at General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co. and Stellantis NV have ratified record four-and-a-half-year agreements, securing wage increases, investment commitments and more for 146,000 members.

Hourly workers at Ford, the first to reach a deal with the union, supported the agreement by more than 69%. At Stellantis, it was 70%. Hourly employees at General Motors Co., the last to reach an agreement, passed the deal by almost 55%. That averages out to 64% across all three, according to the UAW.


“The members have spoken. After years of cutbacks, months of our Stand Up campaign, and weeks on the picket line, we have turned the tide for the American autoworker,” UAW President Shawn Fain said in a statement. “The Stand Up Strike was just the beginning. The UAW is back to setting the standard. Now, we take our strike muscle and our fighting spirit to the rest of the industries we represent, and to millions of non-union workers ready to Stand Up and fight for a better way of life.”

The ratification averts the potential for another strike after workers at certain plants were on the picket line for as many as 46 days from Sept. 15 to Oct. 30. The targeted strike sought to keep the companies off-balance knowing a plant could go out at any time while preserving the union’s Strike and Defense Fund.

The negotiations brought gains that include 27% general wage increases over the agreement’s life that expires on April 30, 2028; ensured the return of benefits lost during the Great Recession such as cost-of-living adjustments; and secured pathways for the organization of battery plants under the master agreements.

Ratification bonuses of $5,000 will be paid out to workers on Dec. 1, Ford and Stellantis confirmed. GM hasn’t provided its workers a date. Language in the contract, however, says it “will be made in the second pay period following receipt by the Company of written notification of ratification of this Agreement.” That date would be Dec. 1.

Immediately upon ratification, there are 11% general wage increases, though some workers will see even more. The agreement drops the timeline to get to top pay to three years from eight, requires temporary and supplemental workers convert to full-time after nine months on the job and increases their pay to $21 per hour from less than $17.

Lower-paid workers at parts distribution centers and other component plants also are being brought up to production wages. At GM, the agreement brings lower-paid GM Subsystems LLC workers as well as Ultium Cells LLC battery-plant workers under the master agreement.

With reinstituted COLA that were suspended in 2009, the union estimates the top wages at the companies will rise 33% to more than $42 per hour in the fall of 2027.

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