PARMA, Ohio (WOIO) - The GM-UAW contract has been finalized, signaling an end to the 40-day strike that cost the auto giant more than $2 billion.
Some of the workers 50,000-strong workforce could get back to work as soon as this weekend.
“UAW members throughout Ohio and across the country went on strike, forgoing their paychecks, to fight for fair pay and better job security. And for the last 40 days, UAW members on the picket lines have shown the country what the Dignity of Work is all about. Today’s ratification is a testament to the value of the labor movement. Without the UAW, GM could have increased workers’ health care costs, kept their wages flat, and continued to use temporary workers indefinitely. More workers need union representation to help them stand up to corporate greed and fight for their rights and the rights of their fellow workers,” U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) said in a prepared statement.
Union members voted this week on a proposed four-year deal that includes an $11,000 signing bonus, raises for veteran workers, and a pathway to permanent employment for temporary workers.
UAW Local 1005 in Parma voted to ratify by a 52% to 48% margin.
UAW Local 1112 in Lordstown, where GM shuttered the plant after ending production of the Chevy Cruze, decisively voted against the contract by an 87% to 13% margin.
Thursday, Governor Mike DeWine discussed the future of the Lordstown plant with the editorial board of the Tribune Chronicle. He said there’s more than one potential buyer.
The newspaper reported that DeWine said, “You’ve reported on the Workhorse, (the company affiliated with Lordstown Motors Corp.), there’s that. There’s another one that’s not been reported. I can’t talk about it.”