UAW ratifies four-year GM contract

21 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

U.A.W. Contract With General Motors Is Ratified After Delay.

The United Automobile Workers announced on Friday that it had ratified its contract with General Motors, nearly a month after a tentative deal covering about 52,000 workers was first reached. Ratification was delayed in part because the automaker’s skilled trades workers, about 8,500 employees in all, had rejected the agreement. (These workers in general maintain machines at auto plants, and include electricians, pipe fitters, tool makers and millwrights.) Over all, G.M. workers voted 55.4 percent in favor to 44.6 percent against, but the skilled trades members were 59.5 percent against.

-G.M. membership concerns about protecting the core trades classifications and seniority rights have now been met, the International Executive Board took action to formally ratify the U.A.W. G.M. said in a statement that the four-year agreement was good for employees and business. “We will continue to work with our U.A.W. partners to implement the agreement, and engage our employees in improving the business and building great vehicles for our customers,” the statement said. “I’m not excited about it — there’s nothing great about it for the veteran workers,” said Ms. Bell, who said she had worked for General Motors since 1975. “I stopped getting raises over 10 years ago, so you’re not doing me any favors by giving me 3 percent.” The union defended the ability of a minority of its members to hold up ratification. “Since its inception, the U.A.W. has put in place a process to ensure that minority groups have a voice,” the union said. It calls for raises for all workers and ends a two-tiered pay system, although it will take a newly hired worker eight years to reach top pay rather than the three years it used to take before 2007.

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