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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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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