UAW Reaches Tentative Deals With All Big Three Automakers, Signalling End of Historic Strike

UAW Reaches Tentative Deals With All Big Three Automakers, Signalling End of Historic Strike
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The United Auto Workers union has reached a tentative deal with General Motors, Stellantis, and Ford, signalling an end to the largest autoworker strike in U.S. history.

The United Auto Workers union has reached a tentative deal with General Motors and Stellantis, days after reaching an agreement with Ford , signalling an end to the largest autoworker strike in U.S. history.

Multiple outlets reported on Monday that the UAW and GM reached an agreement. The union tentatively agreed to a deal with Stellantis over the weekend, and with Ford as of last Thursday . While the deals must still be ratified by union membership, they are a welcome development after six weeks of striking.

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The contracts offered by Ford and Stellantis include wage increases of 68 percent for starting workers at $28 per hour, with wage growth of up to $40 per hour. The 4.5 year contract will steadily raise rates to account for the increasing cost-of-living. The complete terms of all contracts have not yet been released, but CNBC reports that the GM deal matches those from Stellantis and Ford.

Over 13,000 union members at assembly plants in Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio went on strike after their contracts expired Sept. 15. The UAW dubbed the strike the "Stand Up Strike," which was joined by 8,700 Ford workers earlier this month when they walked off the job unannounced at the company's largest and most profitable facility. Over 40,000 workers were on strike before the deals were reached.

Towards its beginning, President Joe Biden publicly supported the UAW strike , becoming the first sitting president in United States history to join striking workers on a picket line when he marched with UAW members last month at General Motor's Willow Run Redistribution Center.

“Wall Street didn’t build the country. The middle class built the country. Unions built the middle class,” Biden told the Detroit workers. “Let’s keep going. You deserve what you’ve earned, and you deserve a hell of a lot more than what you’re getting paid now.”

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Ryan Adamczeski

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Ryan is the Digital Director of The Advocate Channel, and a graduate of New York University Tisch's Department of Dramatic Writing, with a focus in television writing and comedy. She is also a member of GALECA, the LGBTQ+ society of entertainment critics.

Ryan is the Digital Director of The Advocate Channel, and a graduate of New York University Tisch's Department of Dramatic Writing, with a focus in television writing and comedy. She is also a member of GALECA, the LGBTQ+ society of entertainment critics.