The union will not release details of the interim agreement until after a vote wednesday by THE UAW GM National Council. The agreement includes a signing bonus of $8,000 for all workers and $2,000 for temporary workers. The IEB, a group of 14 members, including UAW officers and regional directors, met on Friday afternoon. UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada said in a letter to union leaders and company presidents on Friday night that the board of directors had considered the contract to be ratified. “I would like to personally thank the local union leadership that supported the agreement,” Estrada wrote. GM said in a statement that it was pleased that the agreement had been ratified and called it “good for employees and the company.” Examination of the workers` concerns showed that they had problems with local contractual agreements, reclassification of trades, number of apprentices, outsourcing or loss of jobs, and the lack of increased cost of living and acquisitions. GM`s artisans also told The Detroit News that they feared that reclassifications would force them to do multiple jobs, which could lead to safety issues and loss of seniority or work preferences. “After further discussions with GM on craftsmen-specific issues and a new agreement on changes that protect classifications and seniority rights of core trades, the UAW GM National Council unanimously recommended ratification of the national agreement to the UAW International Executive Board,” the union said Friday night. On Friday evening, ratification of the UAW treaty with Ford was announced. The deal was accepted by a tight margin of 51.4 percent, the union said late friday. About 51.3% of production workers voted for the agreement, 52.4% of craftsmen voted “yes”. Ford was the last of Detroit`s three greats to vote for a deal. Fiat Chrysler was the first.
As part of the agreement, the UAW also proposed to create $1.9 billion in additional jobs, products and investments from GM. According to the UAW, the new investments will create and/or add more than 3,300 jobs at 12 sites. Language clarity will also protect the seniority rights of the workers` group, according to a source familiar with the trade union agreement and the enterprise agreement. When the GM Treaty was announced on Friday, the UAW said in a statement: “After discussions with GM, the parties have agreed on changes that protect the classifications and seniority rights of core trade. The UAW-GM Council met to discuss these amendments and concluded that common craft issues are being addressed and recommended that the amendments be presented to the International Executive Board (IEB), with the full and unanimous support of the Council. GM and the union have agreed on amendments that allow tube manufacturers, mill producers, machine repair companies and tool manufacturers to maintain their current classifications, although the parties agreed that these workers could be trained cross-cuttingly to allow the company to be flexible, as indicated by two sources familiar with the parties` agreement. The proposed UAW-GM agreement for hourly workers, seen here, says that all workers with less than a year`s experience and $17 an hour by September can reach “traditional wages” or $29 an hour.