UAW President Shawn Fain updates negotiations #StandUpUAW
The United Auto Workers (UAW) began a targeted strike against the Detroit Three automakers (Ford, GM, Stellantis) on September 15. As of October 6, 2023, the UAW has made progress … Watch video »
The United Auto Workers (UAW) began a targeted strike against the Detroit Three automakers (Ford, GM, Stellantis) on September 15. As of October 6, 2023, the UAW has made progress in negotiations, including 23% wage increase, getting COLA back to the 2007 formula, $20 raise for temps, shorter wage progression to full wages and more.
“Throughout this strike I’ve been heartened to see our members talking about and debating our strategy. We’re thinking together about the core question of the labor movement, how do working-class people build the power we need to win what we deserve. So let’s talk strategy. I want to be clear on one thing. Our goal throughout this process has always been to win a record contract. Our mission as your elected leadership is to fight like hell for the best possible deal…
“The power we have is working-class people. We’ve shown the Big Three that we’re not afraid to use it. And we have shown the Big Three that we are ready for a record contract when they are…
“We expect results at every company and we’ve been crystal clear about how you catch a strike and how you avoid one. Two weeks ago Ford agreed to some core job security proposals showing us they were ready to bargain. Last week Stellantis did the same thing and this week GM did something that was unthinkable until just today. They agreed to put the future of this industry under our national agreement. This victory is a direct result of the power of our membership. It’s your willingness to stand up when called. It’s your commitment to winning what you are owed. The company see it. The world sees it.
“And today I was ready to call on one of GM’s biggest and most important plants to stand up and it was that threat that brought GM to the table. The Big Three know we’re not messing around and they know if they want to avoid further strikes then they will have to pony-up. We’re not here to start a fight, we’re here to finish one. Today we made GM say ‘yes’ when they’d rather say ‘no’. Next up is Ford and Stellantis and three record contracts.”