One among America’s largest unions introduced Tuesday that will probably be voting to authorize a strike subsequent week in negotiations with prime automakers.
The United Auto Employees is in negotiations with the Huge Three automakers, Ford, Common Motors and Stellantis, and can vote subsequent week on whether or not to authorize a strike following stalled negotiations, permitting union management to name a strike at any time, according to a UAW announcement. Present contracts are set to run out on Sept. 14, with the union demanding greater wages, assist for retirees, larger job safety and an finish to wage tiers from the three automakers in negotiations, in response to a press launch. (RELATED: Trump Asks For Auto Employees Union Endorsement, Assaults Biden Admin’s ‘Inexperienced New Deal’)
“Immediately marks 30 days till the union’s contract with the Huge Three expires, however bargaining in any respect three tables has but to progress past non-economic points,” UAW mentioned within the announcement. “Fain will handle the sluggish tempo of negotiations and announce preparation for strike authorization votes to be held subsequent week by 150,000 UAW members at Ford, Common Motors and Stellantis.”
Sept 14 isn’t a reference level. It’s a deadline.
— UAW (@UAW) August 15, 2023
Shawn Fain, UAW president, has beforehand criticized Biden for his push in direction of electrical automobiles (EV), noting that wages at EV crops are decrease than at commonplace crops. Fain pointed on the Ultium Cells plant, Common Motors’ EV battery undertaking, particularly for the low wages.
“I assist a good transition to a clear vitality future,” Biden mentioned in a press release Monday. “Which means making certain that Huge Three auto jobs are good jobs that may assist a household; that auto firms ought to honor the proper to arrange; take each attainable step to keep away from painful plant closings; and be certain that when transitions are wanted, the transitions are truthful and look to retool, reboot, and rehire in the identical factories and communities at comparable wages, whereas giving present employees the primary shot to fill these jobs.”
Biden has but to obtain an endorsement from the union, which has lengthy supported Democratic candidates, because of the president’s assist for EVs. UAW is anxious that phasing out gas-powered automobiles will threaten jobs for its automotive employees.
“At this important second in negotiations, we recognize President Biden’s assist for sturdy contracts that guarantee good paying union jobs now and pave the way in which for a simply transition to an EV future,” Fain mentioned in response Tuesday to Biden’s assertion. “We agree with the president that the Huge Three’s three way partnership battery crops ought to have the identical sturdy pay and security requirements that generations of UAW members have fought for.”
UAW didn’t reply to a request to remark from the Each day Caller Information Basis.
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