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Key concerns in Detroit Three’s talks with UAW: wages, healthcare, job security, profit-sharing, and work conditions.

Top Issues in Detroit Three’s Negotiations with UAW

Wage Hike and More to be Won

United Auto Workers President Shawn Fain announced that the three Detroit automakers, General Motors, Stellantis NV, and Ford, have reached a consensus on a 23% wage hike. However, Fain emphasized that there is still more to be accomplished in the negotiations.

Contract Offers

While General Motors and Stellantis NV recently presented their fresh contract offers, Ford made its offer over two weeks ago. These offers have been instrumental in progressing the negotiations.

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  • General Motors and Stellantis NV have offered a 23% wage increase, which is the highest offer.
  • The wage cut timeline has been reduced from four years to three years for senior employees.
  • The wages for temporary workers have been raised to $21 per hour.

Cost-of-Living Adjustments

  • All three automakers have agreed to reinstate cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) for senior team members.
  • Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis NV have made progress in restoring pre-2007 retirement benefits, with contributions increasing by 25%.

Plant Closures and Strike Protection

  • The UAW has the power to strike over plant shutdowns, but no agreement has been reached yet regarding this issue.
  • Workers will receive income protection in the event of plant closures.

Battery Plants

  • No agreement has been reached regarding workers at joint-venture battery plants being covered by union contracts.

The information provided by UAW President Shawn Fain and the companies gives an overview of the top talking points and the progress made in the negotiations. It is crucial to note that these negotiations are ongoing, and further developments are expected.

Sources: Fain’s statement, company statements

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