GM contract with UAW blocked by skilled-trades members’ vote

The GM Fairfax Plant | Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
The GM Fairfax Plant | Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

General Motors Co.’s tentative agreement with the United Auto Workers was rejected by skilled-trades workers, preventing ratification of a contract that would have delivered more than $2 billion in improved wages and benefits over the deal’s four-year term.

The UAW said it will hold meetings at each worksite over the next several days to determine why the skilled-trades workers voted no by almost a 3-to-2 ratio. The executive board will then meet to determine a course of action.

More than 55 percent of members voted to accept the agreement as 58 percent of the production workers, the larger group, favored it, the UAW said Friday in an e-mailed statement. Both units are supposed to approve a contract for it to be ratified, according to the union’s rules, though there have been exceptions.

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