The Washington Post: Time is running out to avert UAW autoworkers’ strike as deadline looms

September 13, 2023

Contract talks between Detroit’s major automakers and the United Auto Workers (UAW) are becoming tense, with a strike looming as the current contract’s expiration approaches. The UAW has made the most progress with Ford but remains unsatisfied with their proposals. GM recently offered a 10 percent wage increase for most employees, but the UAW deemed it “insulting.” Stellantis, the parent company of Jeep and Chrysler, plans to submit a new offer soon. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is working to mediate the situation, and the White House has assigned an adviser to liaise with the union and automakers.

A strike would significantly impact the automotive industry, which contributes about 3 percent of the nation’s GDP and harm economies in automaking states. To minimize the financial burden on striking workers, the UAW may consider striking only at certain engine plants.

The UAW is making substantial demands, including a 40 percent pay raise over four years and the restoration of benefits workers gave up during the Great Recession. Automakers argue that meeting all these demands would jeopardize their competitiveness against non-unionized manufacturers like Tesla.

GM claims its proposed 10 percent wage increase is the largest since 1999, but the UAW remains dissatisfied. Talks with Ford are progressing, with Ford offering a 9 percent wage increase, among other benefits. Stellantis is expected to submit its offer soon.

The situation remains fluid, with the risk of a strike impacting the automotive industry and the broader economy.

 

For further insights on what happens in the event of a strike and comments from Seraph’s founder and CEO Ambrose Conroy, you can refer to the Washington Post piece following the link below. 

 

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