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‘It will change my life drastically’: What’s next for the auto strikes

today 10/27/2023
The picket lines have been taken down at Ford plants where workers have been on strike for nearly six weeks. However, the strike at Ford is not completely over, and strikes at General Motors and Stellantis continue. The United Auto Workers union announced a tentative agreement with Ford that will raise workers' pay by 11% immediately and at least 25% in total by the end of the contract. The agreement also includes the return of cost-of-living adjustments and could result in pay increases of over 30% during the contract. The contract still needs to be approved by local union officials and rank-and-file members. The union's decision to have Ford workers return to work is meant to increase pressure on GM and Stellantis to reach similar agreements. The strikes at GM and Stellantis will continue until deals are reached. The union has targeted all three companies with strikes since September 15 and remains on strike at multiple GM and Stellantis plants. The ratification of the deal by rank-and-file members is likely but not certain. In recent years, there have been instances where members rejected deals endorsed by union leadership and went on strike. The Ford agreement did not achieve all of the union's demands, including the restoration of traditional pension plans for workers hired since 2007 and retiree health care coverage. The inclusion of workers at EV battery plants in the agreement was also not mentioned.
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