After roughly six weeks, the United Auto Workers (UAW) effectively ended its strike against Ford on Wednesday night after the two sides reached a tentative agreement on a new contract, avoiding any additional action against the automaker by the union. However, the UAW has yet to come to an agreement with FoMoCo’s Detroit Big Three counterparts – General Motors and Stellantis – and just last week, walked out of the former’s Arlington plant. Now that Ford has laid the proverbial framework for those two companies to follow, the UAW has sent a new proposal to GM, specifically, according to Automotive News.
According to a source, discussions between the UAW and both GM and Stellantis remain “active,” and both automakers are reportedly working to hammer out a new deal with the union as quickly as possible. All three automakers were previously offering a 23 percent wage increase over the life of the contract, but the union was asking for a bit more at 25 percent -a term that Ford eventually agreed to, paving the way for the tentative deal.
There are still some obstacles to overcome, however, as GM and Stellantis are reportedly at a bit of a crossroads on certain topics including wage grow-in periods, with GM aiming for three years for existing employees and four years for new hires, while Stellantis was offering a four year term for employees to reach the top of the pay scale.
Neither Ford nor the UAW have released the full details of the pair’s tentative agreement, which must be approved by leadership and then ratified by UAW members, a process that’s expected to begin later this Sunday, after which the specifics of the agreement will be revealed to the public.