Following a roughly six-week-long targeted strike against Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis, the United Auto Workers (UAW) reached a tentative agreement with The Blue Oval in late October, and just a few days later, with GM and Stellantis as well – one that was soon ratified by workers. However, UAW President Shawn Fain has made it quite clear that he intends to do whatever he deems necessary to organize non-union plants in the U.S. owned by other companies, which recently prompted some to give their workers a raise – including Toyota, Honda, Hyundai, Nissan, and Volkswagen, all while the UAW continues to ramp up its organizing efforts. Now, Tesla has followed suit, according to Bloomberg.
Tesla recently notified workers at its plant in Fremont, California, that they will be receiving a “market adjustment pay increase” to ring in the new year, which was advertised by a flyer at that facility. The increase applies to all of the company’s U.S. production associates, material handlers, and quality inspectors. However, it’s unclear what sort of raise those workers are in line to receive.
Some workers at Tesla’s Fremont plant – which currently employs around 20,000 people – have already formed a UAW organizing committee, which is also the case at Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz, the latter two of which have obtained signatures from around 30 percent of their respective workforce.
The UAW has long sought to organize all automotive production plants operating in the U.S., but with little success outside of the Detroit Big Three automakers. However, it’s now looking to ride its wave of success stemming from the aforementioned master contract agreement with those companies to try yet again, this time, with a bit more confidence.