The United Auto Workers (UAW) union and Ford reached a tentative contract agreement after the strike of six weeks. Many consider this deal as a breakthrough in ending the strike of autoworkers against Detroit car manufacturers for the better.
The Autoworker’s union has been on strike against Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis for almost six weeks. Although around 57K workers still need to approve of the four-year deal, it can still bring the union’s series of strikes to a close.
According to the Associated Press,
“The Ford deal could set the pattern for agreements with the other two automakers, where workers will remain on strike. The UAW called on all workers at Ford to return to their jobs and said that would put pressure on GM and Stellantis to bargain. Announcements on how to do that will come later.”
As per the statements of Shawn Fain, the President of UAW, Ford added 50% more money for the workers than it did before the start of the strike on September 15. Chuck Browning, the Vice-President of UAW, added that workers will now get an increase in general wage by 25% by the end of the contract. Apart from that, added costs of living raises will increase the pay by over 30%, which leads to $40 per hour for top-scale workers in the assembly plant.
In addition to that, Browning also added that temporary workers will also get an increased wage which is better than that they have received over the past 22 years. They will get raises over 150%, while retiring workers will also get annual bonuses.
Apart from Ford, GM and Stellantis also made statements about reaching an agreement with the union as soon as possible.