A recent report has emerged suggesting that the United Auto Workers (UAW) union is now open to raises totaling at least 25% from Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis. While this was a notable reduction from the 40% raise that the UAW was initially proposing, it is a substantial increase nonetheless.
More importantly, it is close to the 23% increase that’s been proposed by the Detroit Big Three. Under such a system, top hourly wages for union members would hit about $41.20 in 2027. Ford, GM, and Stellantis’ 23% offer, on the other hand, would put top earners at about $40.39 per hour in 2027.
Citing sources reportedly familiar with the matter, Automotive News noted that the difference in the union’s demand and the Detroit Big Three’s offer would translate to about $3,100 per worker over the entirety of the contract. Considering the losses that the six-week-long strike has given the automakers so far, the costs associated with a wage increase would likely be worth it.
The UAW has been particularly ambitious with its demands, initially asking for 40% wage gains. The union later adjusted its demands to 36%, which was still incredibly substantial. Despite 25% being significantly less than 36%, such an amount would still fit UAW President Shawn Fain’s goal of securing a substantial “double-digit” wage increase for its members.
The UAW’s strike against the Detroit Big Three has been escalating in recent weeks. Now on its 40th day, the protests have expanded to some of the automakers’ most critical facilities. Ford’s biggest plant, the Kentucky Truck Plant, was hit by the UAW earlier this month. This was followed by a walkout at Stellantis’ Sterling Heights Assembly Plant, and more recently, GM’s Arlington Assembly Plant. All three facilities produce critical vehicles for Ford, GM, and Stellantis.
Automotive News‘ source has claimed that talks between the UAW and Stellantis are “very active” despite the strike at Sterling Heights Assembly. The union is also reportedly preparing a new offer to GM. The UAW is reportedly waiting for an updated offer from Ford as well, though the union has stated that the company’s offer has been the best to date.
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