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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Mike Elk
Mike Elk is an Emmy-nominated labor reporter who covered everything from Lula & the Brazilian labor movement to major league baseball. He spent years covering union organizing in the South for The Guardian and was labeled by the New York Times as an "abrasive gadfly" for exposing within the labor movement. Raised in a UE union family in Pittsburgh, Elk was illegally for union organizing at Politico in 2015 and used his NLRB settlement to start the crowd-funded Payday Report. He lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh and is fluent in both Pittsburghese and Portuguese, which he learned when attending journalism school at PUC-Rio de Janerio. Email: [email protected]

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