UAW-GM Contract Likely to Narrowly Pass

United Auto Workers, Aramark workers carry strike signs while picketing outside the General Motors Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant in Detroit, Michigan, U.S. September 15, 2019. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

With more than 18,000 votes and 26,000 votes still left to be too counted, it appears that the UAW-GM will win narrowly. 

With 18,826 votes reported, the measure is ahead by 11,094 – 7,734.  26,000 voters are still eligible- a full tally of the votes can be seen here.  

I did a full twitter thread analysis here – some highlights: 

  • GM workers in Bowling Green, Kentucky voted against the contract by 348 (y) to 497(n).
  • Cleveland-area Parma, Metal Center workers narrowly passed the measure 438(y)-404 (n)
  • Lockport auto supply workers, who remain on a different tier w/ wages capped at $23 an hour, voted overwhelming no. 234 (y) – 857 (n)
  • Flint Truck Assembly Line workers gave the contract a huge boost – 2460 (y) – 1577 (n)
  • Lansing Grand Assembly voted for the contract by a margin of 900 (y) – 308 (N)

My gut from conversations tells me that if these numbers hold true at larger assembly plants that its likely the contract will pass. GM is smart – they gave enough production pledges to certain location to pass the deal and those locations are voting for it overwhelming. 

Result will be known by Friday evening.

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About the Author

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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