General Motors agrees to place electric battery manufacturing under UAW's agreement

Oct. 6, 2023
After threats of striking at a major General Motors plant in Texas, the automaker has agreed to place the electric vehicle battery plants under a national contract with the UAW.

General Motors (GM) has agreed to place its electric battery manufacturing under the UAW's National Master Agreement after threats of striking at a GM plant in Texas, according to an announcement made on UAW's social media accounts.

"This week, GM did something that was unthinkable until just today," said UAW president, Shawn Fain. "They agreed to put the future of this industry under our national agreement. This victory is a direct result of the power of our membership. It's your willingness to stand up when called. It's your commitment to winning what you are owed. The companies see it. The world sees it. And today, I was ready to call on one of GM's biggest and most important plants to stand up. And it was that threat that brought GM to the table." 

After Fain's announcement of the agreement, GM had their own statement to give. 

"Negotiations remain ongoing, and we will continue to work towards finding solutions to address outstanding issues. Our goal remains to reach an agreement that rewards our employees and allows GM to be successful into the future," the statement reads.

As for additional updates on the strike's progress, two of the big three automakers have committed to a cost of living adjustment. Ford and Stellantis have agreed, and Fain said GM is not far behind. 

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