UAW chief Shawn Fain says latest offers show automakers have “money left to spend”
United Auto Workers President Shawn Fain said Friday that Detroit’s Big Three automakers have put better offers on the table, but still have a ways to go to “finally, finally start to make things right” as theenters its sixth week.
Stellantis, General Motors and Ford Motor have all proposed 23% pay hikes over four years, the union leader said in a webcast on Facebook, speaking hours after GM sweetened its offer to match an offer from Ford; Stellantis (which owns Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram, along with several foreign car brands) later also enhanced its proposal, Fain said.
“We’ve got cards left to play and they’ve got money left to spend,” Fain said. “That’s the hardest part of the strike. Right before a deal is when there is the most aggressive push for that last mile.”
In launching a coordinated strike against the three automakers on Sept. 15, the UAW demanded on a 36% wage hike spread over four years. The union also asked the automakers tothe companies adopted in 2007 as the companies were struggling financially, along with annual cost-of-living adjustments, pension benefits for all employees, greater job security, a faster path to full-time jobs for temporary workers and a .
“Room to move”
In the past 24 hours, the UAW has received new offers from two of the three companies, “so despite all the bluster about how much the companies are stretched, clearly there is room to move,” Fain said.
“What happened this week — with no new plants out, both companies put a lot more on the table,” Fain said of GM and Stellantis. “That’s because they know if they didn’t move, there would be serious consequences.”
Roughly 34,000 workers at six Big Three vehicle assembly plants and 38 parts distribution warehouses are out on strike.
In a statement, GM said on Friday that it offered “substantial movement in all key areas in an effort to reach a final agreement with the UAW and get our people back to work.”
GM’s overture included a pay increase for most UAW workers to $40.39 an hour, or about $84,000 by the end of the four-year contract, according to the automaker. That’s up 23% from the $32.32 an hour that most factory workers currently earn.
Cost-of-living raises relinquished by many workers in 2007 also would be reinstated, boosting the total value of the proposed pay increase to more than 30% by September of 2027, according to GM.
The vehicle maker had previously agreed to include newin the national UAW contract, a move that basically ensures they are unionized — a key goal for Fain and the UAW.
“It is time for us finish this process, get our team members back to work and get on with the business of making GM the company that will win and provide great jobs in the U.S. for our people for decades to come,” GM said.
Ford make a similar call earlier in the week, with Bill Ford, the company’s executive chairman, saying the UAW and its leaders, instead of “Toyota, Honda and Tesla — and all the Chinese companies that want to enter our market.”
Stephen McCray, one of the striking GM workers at a factory in Wentzville, Missouri near St. Louis, was pleased by the autmaker’s last offer, but worries the company will wait a year to give cost of living increases.
Still, McCray thinks workers will ratify the contract because of the raises, cost of living pay and other benefits, if Fain tells workers this is the best deal they’re likely to get.
“If this is what he’s going to bring to the table, after everything that has been going on since September, I believe it will be ratified,” McCray said. “This might be the best that they might bring out.”
—The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Should you have any inquiries or unique requirements related to luxury apartment living in Riverside, CA, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our passionate team is on standby, excited to offer tailored solutions that align with your distinct living preferences and desires. We are dedicated to enhancing your apartment hunting experience in Riverside's upscale neighborhoods.
Luxury Apartment Blogging
Our team crafts meticulously researched, up-to-date, and engaging blog posts that resonate with the sophisticated tastes of our audience, positioning Top 10 Best Luxury Apartments in Riverside CA as a premier guide in the luxury living space.
Our expertise is not just limited to blog posts. We specialize in comprehensive content offerings such as luxury living guides, neighborhood highlights, and deep-dives into unique apartment features, all tailored to illustrate the grandeur of Riverside’s luxury apartments.
Website Content Writing
A website's initial impact is crucial. Through our content, we guarantee that our website mirrors the elegance, exclusivity, and top-tier offerings Riverside's luxury apartments have to offer, and if you need articles for your business, we offer that too.
Social Media Management
In the dynamic landscape of today's digital age, maintaining a notable presence on social platforms is essential. Our team adeptly manages this aspect, ensuring that Riverside’s luxury apartments are portrayed consistently and impressively across all channels. We also offer Social Media Management for you as a service, we post on your Facebook account as often as you wish.
Website Maintenance for User Experience
Our aim is to make your online journey as seamless and luxurious as the apartments we list. To this end, we ensure our website remains updated, secure, and user-centric, making apartment hunting a delightful experience. We offer WordPress Website Maintenance for your business website if needed.
For further details, inquiries about ad placements, content requests, social media engagements, or listings on Top 10 Best Luxury Apartments in Riverside CA, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Warm regards, The Top 10 Best Luxury Apartments in Riverside CA Team