United Auto Workers in Arlington and Warren, Mich., voted to reject a proposed four-year contract with General Motors, union locals reported Tuesday, even as a majority of the company’s workers continued to support the deal.
By midafternoon, UAW Local 276, with more than 4,000 workers at the Arlington Assembly Plant, posted on a Facebook page that 51 percent of workers had rejected the agreement.. Voting at the plant, which produces large SUVs including the Chevrolet Suburban and Cadillac Escalade, ended Tuesday morning.
Also Tuesday, Local 598, which represents 2,573 workers at a truck assembly plant in Flint, Mich., approved the deal, with 72 percent of workers voting favorably. Production workers there ratified it by an even wider margin, but that was partially offset by skilled trades workers, 60 percent of whom voted against the contract.
Production workers at GM’s transmission plant in Toledo, Ohio, narrowly approved the pact, with 51 percent of workers voting in favor, although 59 percent of skilled trades workers there voted no. Local 160, representing UAW workers at the GM tech center in Warren, Mich., also voted no, with 62 percent of workers rejecting the deal, according to the local’s Facebook page. About 1,150 people voted there.
For the contract to be ratified, a majority of those voting nationwide must vote yes. About 52,700 are eligible to vote. Voting ends Friday.
UAW leaders declined to comment while voting continues. Privately, however, they have said they are concerned about complaints from workers at four component plants whose wages will not rise to parity with workers at assembly, power train and stamping plants.
If the four-year contract is ratified, all UAW workers at GM would receive an $8,000 signing bonus and a raise. Wages for entry-level production workers currently paid between $15.78 and $19.28 per hour would increase to between $17 and $22.50 per hour and eventually to $29 per hour.