DETROIT (Michigan News Source) – In an eleventh hour negotiation update, General Motors upped a previous wage increase offer ahead of the proposed United Auto Workers (UAW) strike against GM, Ford Motor Company, and Stellantis.
“We’re at a crossroads on our path to building a company that can sustain all of us for decades to come,” GM CEO Mary Barra wrote to the manufacturing team according to the Detroit News. “Today, we put a compelling and unprecedented economic package on the table that reflects the significance of this critical moment.”
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UAW President Shawn Fain, admitted in a statement Thursday afternoon that the proposal is under review, which includes an 20% wage increase offer – up from the previously offered 18% wage increase – over the life of the contract according to the Detroit News. At the beginning of negotiations, the UAW demands included a 46% wage increase.
“We’re actively reviewing GM’s latest proposal, and look forward to submitting our responses. We wish they would’ve gotten this serious about bargaining six weeks ago, instead of hours before the deadline,” he said.
A letter shared with union members on Monday from the UAW’s Secretary Treasurer, Margaret Mock, informed them of a new electronic strike sign-up process.
“In preparation of a potential strike, we would like to inform our UAW members of the necessary items and information you will need to bring to sign up for our new electronic strike process,” Mock wrote, “It is necessary that you have an established email account (Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, etc.) prior to the sign-up process. This email is essential in registering for strike benefits.”
The UAW is making numerous demands to be included in their newest contracts including: a shorter work week and heightened wages in the double digits, among other demands ahead of the Sept. 14 contract deadline.
“The union’s demands include the elimination of tiered wages and benefits, wage increases to offset inflation and match the generous salary increases of company executives over the last four years, the re-establishment of cost-of-living allowances and defined benefit pensions and retiree healthcare, the right to strike over plant closures, significant increases to current retiree benefits, and more paid time off to be with family,” according to UAW officials.
If contract negotiations are not met by tonight at 11:59 p.m., the UAW has authorized its more than 150,000 employees across Ford, GM, and Stellantis to strike.