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. 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. Gallery: UAW and GM officials shake hands to conduct contract negotiations in 2015 The 14-member IEB, including UAW officers and regional directors, met 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. As part of the agreement, the UAW also proposed to create $1.9 billion in additional jobs, products and investments from GM.
According to the UAW, the new investments will create and/or add more than 3,300 jobs at 12 sites. 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. 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. The agreement includes a signing bonus of $8,000 for all workers and $2,000 for temporary workers. The union will not release details of the interim agreement until after a vote wednesday by THE UAW GM National Council. The four-year contract, which came into effect on Monday, came after two weeks of research by the union into why craftsmen refused the deal, while production workers approved it. The Detroit automaker and the UAW reached an interim agreement just a month ago. It is similar to an agreement reached last month with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, although it contains juicier bonuses. “Based on the fact that the majority of UAW-GM members have ratified the national agreement and that the concerns of accession to the craft regarding the protection of basic trade classifications and seniority rights are met, the IEB has taken steps to formally ratify the UAW-GM national agreement.” 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. When the GM Treaty was announced on Friday, the UAW said in a statement: “After discussions with GM, the parties have agreed on changes that protect the classifications and seniority rights of core trade. The UAW-GM Council met to discuss these amendments and concluded that common craft issues are being addressed and recommended that the amendments be presented to the International Executive Board (IEB), with the full and unanimous support of the Council.
The negotiating committee said it had “ensured substantial gains and job security protection” and unanimously agreed to send the proposed agreement to a vote of local union officials this week. 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.