UAW selects General Motors to begin Detroit Big 3 talks and adds strike auhorisation

Sep 3, 2019   People

United Autoworkers President Gary Jones announced on September 3 that the UAW has decided to proceed on bargaining with GM.

“Mary Barra said from the outset of these talks that we will stand up as we tackle a changing industry. We are ready to stand strong for our future,” said Jones.

Detroit Big 3 contracts all expire at midnight the evening of Sept. 14. UAW GM local unions have all voted and sent a national bargaining team supported by the UAW International Union and their UAW GM Department.

“We are focused. We are prepared and we are all ready to stand up for our members, our communities and our manufacturing future,” added Jones.

The UAW also announced the total votes for strike authorisation of the Detroit Big 3.

The UAW Constitution requires members to vote and give authorisation in order to strike if necessary. The vote does not mean there will or will not be a strike. It gives authority to the UAW International President and International Executive Board to call for a strike. Locals have also elected National Bargaining Representatives as part of the national bargaining team.

“No one goes into collective bargaining taking a strike lightly. But it is a key tool in the tool belt as our bargaining team sits across from the company,” said Gary Jones, UAW President. “Ultimately, the company holds that destiny in their hands as they bargain. Clearly the UAW stood up for them in a very dark time, now that they are profitable it is time for them to stand up for all of us.”

Each local voted independently. The aggregate totals by automakers are:

  • FCA 96%
  • Ford 95.98%
  • General Motors 96.4%

Contracts expire at midnight on Sept. 14. The UAW President is expected to announce in the coming days the first company to proceed with bargaining a final agreement that will set the pattern for 2019 Detroit Big 3 contracts.

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