The United Auto Workers Union (UAW) leadership has decided to refrain from holding any further strikes during the current negotiations with the Big Three auto companies, General Motors, Ford, and Fiat Chrysler. In a statement issued by the union, union president Rory Gamble noted that the talks have been productive and the union is confident they will be able to reach a deal that benefits all sides.
The negotiations between the UAW and the Big Three have been ongoing since December of 2019. These negotiations come after a successful pattern bargaining period between the union and the automakers throughout the 2018-2019 fiscal year. During this period, the union successfully bargained wage increases, improved benefit packages, and job security provisions. These gains were made possible through the union’s successful use of strategic strikes and picketing tactics.
However, the current negotiations between the union and automakers have been much more difficult in terms of finding common ground on important issues such as wages, overtime pay, and health care benefits. Despite the difficulty of the talks, the UAW leadership decided to take a step back from any further strikes while the negotiations continue.
Rory Gamble noted that the union is confident that it can reach an agreement that benefits both sides. He praised the cooperation and input provided by the auto companies thus far and expressed a hope that they can continue to work together to reach a deal that works for everyone.
The union is optimistic that the talks will succeed. With both sides reportedly relatively close on most major issues, union leaders believe a deal is just around the corner. The agreement reached will not only provide members with wages and benefits they deserve, but will also serve as the foundation for the next round of bargaining.
Although the UAW leadership decided to hold off on further strikes, the members of the union still remain committed to fighting for fair wages and benefits. The current negotiations are proof of the power of collective bargaining and the tireless work of union leadership. With luck, both sides will come to an amicable agreement that works for both workers and auto companies.