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 and alumni of the Guardian. In addition to filing nearly 2,000 stories from 46 states, Elk traveled with Lula from Sáo Bernando do Campos all the way to the Oval Office in the White House. Credited by the Washington Post for being the first reporter to track the strike wave systematically, Elk started Payday Report using his NLRB settlement from being illegally fired for union organizing in 2015. He lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh and works frequently in Rio de Janeiro, where he attended college at PUC-Rio. He speaks both Portuguese and Pittsburghese fluently. His email is [email protected]

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