Nearing a Deal, UAW Will Require GM Workers to Vote on Ending Strike

Workers man the picket line outside of Rochester's GM plant (Zach D. Roberts)

Payday Report has learned that UAW officials expect the UAW and GM to settle on a tentative union contract in the next 24 hours. 

The UAW is currently summoning 175 local union leaders to Detroit on Thursday, where the UAW hopes to present a final tentative agreement for approval.

The role of these local union leaders will be crucial in getting the membership to accept the deal. During the West Virginia Teachers’ strike, union teachers continued their strike after rank-and-file union members rejected the first deal. In 2015, Chrysler workers also voted down a union contract by a margin of 2-1. 

The UAW has already said that they won’t end the strike until members ratify the contract, a process, which could take through the weekend. 

It’s unclear which way members will vote until the final details of the agreement are known. 

Many workers are financially tapped and want the strike to end as soon as possible while some strikers, who have saved up money or have spouses with good jobs, say they are willing to hold out for even longer. 

Payday will release more details as they become known. 

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About the Author

Mike Elk
A Sidney-award winning labor reporter, Mike Elk is the founder of Payday Report and also covers labor and immigration for The Guardian. In 2015, he was illegally fired for union organizing as Politico’s senior labor reporter and used his $70,000 NLRB settlement to start Payday. The son of United Electrical Workers (UE) Director of Organization Gene Elk, he lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh He can be reached at Melk@PaydayReport.com

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