October 30, 2015
By Bob Levine, LaborPress USA
Detroit Michigan– UAW-GM members will have significant wage increases, signing bonuses and improved health care under the new Agreement with General Motors that was overwhelmingly approved by the local union leaders on the UAW National GM Council on Wednesday October 28th.
The agreement retains 3,300 jobs over the contract period.The Tentative Agreement will now go before the more than 52,000 UAW-GM members for a vote.“We believe this agreement gives UAW-GM members significant raises and stronger benefits that protect income security and job security,” said UAW President Dennis Williams. “By standing strong and united, we secured better pay, a clear path to traditional wages for all current members and commitments to keeping jobs and product here. As is the UAW’s process, our membership makes the final decision and we look forward to the discussion ahead.”The details of the Tentative Agreement include the following gains for UAW-GM members:
• Traditional Employees: All traditional members will receive a 3% wage increase for the first year, 4% lump sum in the second year, 3% wage increase in the third year, and 4% lump sum for the last year. Traditional employees will receive an $8,000 signing bonus upon ratification.
• In-Progression Employees: The bargaining committee secured a clear path for in-progression members to achieve traditional wages. All in-progression employees are moved to traditional health care plan. In-progression employees will receive an $8,000 signing bonus upon ratification
.• Temporary Employees: The Tentative Agreement includes a lump sum payment of $2,000 for active, temporary employees who have worked at least 90 days prior to the effective date. Temporary employees will receive wage increases and a health care plan.
• SAP of $60,000: The agreement includes a $60,000 bonus for up to 4,000 eligible production employees who retire between Feb. 1 and May 1, 2016, as determined under the normal and early retirement provisions of the national agreement.“It is an honor to represent UAW members at the bargaining table and fight for a contract that strengthens our members, working families and the auto industry,” said UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada. “We have brought our members’ priorities to the table and we look forward to hearing from them as the ratification process moves forward. This is a strong transformative agreement that gives all workers and their families wage raises and job security now and in the years to come.”