UAW submits NLRB problems versus GM, Stellantis over agreement talks

UAW President Shawn Fain addresses union members throughout a “Solidarity Sunday” rally on Aug. 20, 2023 in Warren, Mich.

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DETROIT – United Auto Workers has actually submitted unreasonable labor practice charges versus car manufacturers General Motors and Stellantis to the National Labor Relations Board for not bargaining with the union in excellent faith or a prompt way, UAW President Shawn Fain stated Thursday night.

The Thursday filings followed the business not reacting to the union’s needs in a prompt matter, Fain stated. The union did not submit a grievance versus Ford Motor, as Fain stated the business reacted to the UAW’s needs with a counterproposal that he greatly slammed.

“GM and Stellantis’ willful refusal to bargain in good faith is not only insulting and counter productive, it’s also illegal,” Fain stated throughout a Facebook Live. “That’s why today, our union filed unfair labor practice charges, or ULPs, against both GM and Stellantis with the National Labor Relations Board.”

GM did not instantly react to an ask for remark. The union and NLRB likewise did not instantly react for extra information of the filings.

Stellantis stated it has actually not yet gotten the NLRB grievance, “but is shocked by Mr. Fain’s claims that we have not bargained in good faith.”

“This is a claim with no basis in fact, and we are disappointed to learn that Mr. Fain is more focused on filing frivolous legal charges than on actual bargaining,” the business stated in an emailed declaration. “We will vigorously defend this charge when the time comes, but right now we are more focused on continuing to bargain in good faith for a new agreement. We will not allow Mr. Fain’s tactics to distract us from that important work to secure the future for our employees.”

Regarding Ford’s current proposition, Fain called it “concessionary.” He stated it consisted of a 9% wage boost over the four-year regard to the offer; one-time lump-sum benefits; and limitless usage of short-lived employees who are paid less and do not have the exact same advantages. The business likewise turned down “all of” the union’s task security propositions and “quality of life proposals” such as extra paid vacations and a much shorter work week, Fain stated.

“Ford’s wage proposals not only failed to meet our needs, it insults our very worth,” Fain stated.

In action to the remarks, Ford launched a prolonged declaration by Ford CEO Jim Farley and extra information of its proposition compared to the previous settlements 4 years back, consisting of 15% ensured combined wage boosts and swelling amount payments.

“This would be an important deal for our workers, and it would allow for the continuation of Ford’s unique position as the most American automaker – and give us the flexibility we need within our manufacturing footprint to respond to customer demand as the industry transforms,” Farley stated in the openly launched declaration. “This offer would also allow Ford to compete, invest in new products, grow and share that future success with our employees through profit sharing.”

Ford kept in mind that its proposition consists of a six-year grow-in duration to leading incomes compared to 8; $12,000 “cost-of-living” benefits over the period of the offer; $5,500 ratification benefits; 25% boost in base incomes for short-lived employees and other enhancements over the last agreement however not in-line with the union’s previous needs.

The union’s needs have actually consisted of a 46% wage boost, remediation of standard pensions, cost-of-living boosts, decreasing the workweek to 32 hours from 40 and increasing senior citizen advantages.

Here’s extra information Ford launched concerning its current proposition:


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