UAW reaches tentative deal with Stellantis to end strike
Why it matters: The proposed agreement, which comes days after Ford reached a separate deal with the union, brings the historic work stoppage against the Detroit Three one step closer to a complete end.
- Talks between the UAW and General Motors are continuing — but union leaders announced a new strike at a GM plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee late Saturday shortly after announcing the Stellantis deal.
Details: The UAW saved 5,000 jobs that were going to be eliminated, plus got a commitment from Stellantis to add an additional 5,000 jobs by the end of the agreement in April 2028, union leaders said Saturday.
- Stellantis agreed to build a mid-sized truck at its recently closed factory in Belvidere, Ill, and is adding 1,000 jobs at a new battery plant also in Belvidere.
Where it stands: The tentative agreements at Ford and Stellantis — and any eventual GM deal — still need to be ratified by 57,000 UAW members at Ford, 43,000 at Stellantis and 46,000 at GM.
- Union leaders plan to present details of the contracts to members in a Facebook Live event on Sunday, after which they'll have several days to vote yay or nay.
- Ratification is likely, but not guaranteed.
What they're saying: "Once again, we have achieved what just weeks ago we were told was impossible," UAW President Shawn Fain said in a statement.
- "At Stellantis in particular, we have not only secured a record contract, we have begun to turn the tide in the war on the American working class."
- The UAW and Stellantis are "charting a future of good middle-class jobs in battery manufacturing, consistent with the President's vision for a just transition where building a clean economy and creating good union jobs go hand-in-hand," Acting U.S. Secretary of Labor Julie A. Su said in a separate statement.
Meanwhile, GM said it's "disappointed" by the UAW's new strike at the company's Spring Hill facility "in light of the progress we have made."
- "We have continued to bargain in good faith with the UAW, and our goal remains to reach an agreement as quickly as possible."
By the numbers: The six-week strike has been costly for automakers.
- Earlier this week, GM reported a third-quarter profit of $3.1 billion — but said the strike has already cost the company $800 million, and without a settlement, would cost about $200 million per week going forward.
- Ford reported lower-than-expected earnings and saide the strike had cost the company about $1.3 billion in lost production.
- Stellantis is expected to share its third-quarter results next week.
Catch up quick: The UAW, under Fain, used a novel tactic to try to win rich contracts with Detroit automakers after years of concessions.
- The UAW ordered work stoppages at just a few key factories and parts centers at each company, effectively forcing the automakers to bargain against each other.
- Historically, the union would target one company for a strike until a deal was reached, and then seek a pattern agreement with the others.
Editor's note: This is a developing story. Check back for updates.