The agreement includes a signing bonus of $8,000 for all workers and $2,000 for temporary workers. The IEB, a group of 14 members, including UAW officers and regional directors, met on Friday afternoon. UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada said in a letter to union leaders and company presidents on Friday night that the board of directors had considered the contract to be ratified. “I would like to personally thank the local union leadership that supported the agreement,” Estrada wrote. DETROIT – UAW President Dennis Williams, flanked by members of the UAW`s negotiating committee, has officially begun contract negotiations with Ford Motor Co. with a handshake with Ford`s negotiating team at Cass Technical High School in Detroit. The current four-year contract expires at midnight on September 14. UAW President Dennis Williams said the UAW`s four-year contract, which came into effect Monday, arrived after two weeks of research by the union into why the craftsmen refused the deal, while production workers approved it. The Detroit automaker and the UAW reached an interim agreement just a month ago. The proposed UAW-GM agreement for hourly workers, seen here, says that all workers with less than a year`s experience and $17 an hour can reach “traditional wages” or $29 an hour by September 19, 2022.
Examination of the workers` concerns showed that they had problems with local contractual agreements, reclassification of trades, number of apprentices, outsourcing or loss of jobs, and the lack of increased cost of living and acquisitions. GM`s artisans also told The Detroit News that they feared that reclassifications would force them to do multiple jobs, which could lead to safety issues and loss of seniority or work preferences. “After further discussions with GM on craftsmen-specific issues and a new agreement on changes that protect classifications and seniority rights of core trades, the UAW GM National Council unanimously recommended ratification of the national agreement to the UAW International Executive Board,” the union said Friday night. Language clarity will also protect the seniority rights of the workers` group, according to a source familiar with the trade union agreement and the enterprise agreement. GM`s interim agreement includes 1,300 new craft internships, including at least 400 new apprentices, the first 200 of which would be added next year. GM`s artisans are not entitled to a $60,000 early retirement incentive, which GM will offer to 4,000 eligible employees under the contract. The United Auto Workers ratified the General Motors Co. contract on Friday after the unions and GM agreed on a language statement regarding craft classifications. GM and UAW reached a four-year tentative agreement on October 25. The union released results on November 6: 55.4 percent of GM`s 52,700 workers accepted the contract, 59.5 percent of craftsmen refused the deal. On Friday evening, ratification of the UAW treaty with Ford was announced.
The deal was accepted by a tight margin of 51.4 percent, the union said late friday. About 51.3% of production workers voted for the agreement, 52.4% of craftsmen voted “yes”. Ford was the last of Detroit`s three greats to vote for a deal. Fiat Chrysler was the first. GM said in a statement that it was pleased that the agreement had been ratified and called it “good for employees and the company.” It is similar to an agreement reached last month with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, although it contains juicier bonuses.