The United Auto Workers and General Motors have confirmed the UAW’s membership has ratified a new four-year contract between the two parties. The new agreement puts an end to a six-week labor strike that started back on Sept. 16th.
“General Motors members have spoken,” said Terry Dittes, UAW vice president and director of the UAW-GM Department. “We are all so incredibly proud of UAW-GM members who captured the hearts and minds of a nation. Their sacrifice and courageous stand addressed the two-tier wages structure and permanent temporary worker classification that has plagued working class Americans.”
The UAW says 23,389 members voted yes on the new contract, while 17,501 voted note. Several GM plants voted down the new agreement, including the company’s Spring Hill, Tennessee and Bowling Green, Kentucky plants.
Workers will begin reporting back to work per GM’s instructions. It’s assumed most plants will start back up early next week.
GM issued a statement this afternoon confirming the new contract.
“GM is proud to provide good-paying jobs to tens of thousands of employees in America and to grow our substantial investment in the U.S,” said GM CEO Mary Barra, ” As one team, we can move forward and stay focused on our priorities of safety and building high-quality cars, trucks and crossovers for our customers.”
Now that the GM contract is ratified, the union says they will commence negotiations with Ford Motor Company next. Ford’s contract expired last month just like GM’s, but the two parties have been extending the current contract while negotiations were ongoing with GM.