Less than 24 hours after the contract between General Motors and the UAW was ratified by workers, Stellantis workers followed suit. The voting isn’t complete yet, but the number of “yes” votes is too high to be overcome by “no” votes. Ford isn’t far behind.
Union workers at Stellantis followed the lead of GM employees, ratifying the UAW contract with the automaker — and by a much wider margin. Automotive News reported the Stellantis deal was head by more than 9,600 votes — 68% voting yes with 32% voting no.
The workers will get a 25% wage increase over the life of the 4.5-year deal, as well as reinstatement of their cost-of-living adjustments, improvements to healthcare and pension benefits and more.
Unlike GM, Stellantis had just three facilities vote it down: two Mopar distribution centers that are slated to close and the company’s large Toledo Assembly Complex in Ohio, which produces the Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator.
Neither the UAW nor Stellantis has confirmed the results.
The Dearborn, Michigan-based automaker, which was the first to score a tentative agreement with the union, will be the last to reach a final vote tally as Friday is the last day to vote. Currently the new deal is expected to pass, but there is one last large unit, Local 600, left to vote. It represents the Dearborn Truck Plant and other component sites, noted Automotive News.
Ford workers are expected to pass the deal by a similar margin as Stellantis.
GM’s deal was the last one reached, but the first one to be approved by workers. However, the margin of victory wasn’t a large as many expected, with just about 55% of GM workers signing off on the deal. The actual approval was in doubt until the company’s workers at its Arlington, Texas plant voted in favor of the new deal. After that, the rest of the plants fell in line.
According to the Detroit News, 19,683 workers voted in favor of the deal, coming in at 54.7%, while 16,274 voted against. The company’s skilled trades employees seemingly voted in favor of the contract, by a 2-to-1 margin; however, production workers were much less enthused.
The deal received support from about 82% of workers at parts plants and distribution centers as well as 96% at the Ultium Cells battery plant in Ohio, Automotive News reported. The votes at Ford and Stellantis, which are still ongoing, are expected to pass by a much wider margin.