UAW Local 14 members reject tentative deal with GM, citing pensions and health care concerns
TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Local auto workers have rejected the tentative deal with General Motors.
According to a document provided by UAW Local 14 President Tony Totty, Local 14 workers from GM Toledo Propulsion Systems rejected the tentative deal with 56% of members voting no.
A breakdown of the vote tally shows 615 members voted no and 474 members voted yes during the 24-hour voting period between Sunday night and Monday night. Of the production workers, 528 voted no while 410 voted yes. Of skilled trade workers, 87 voted no while 64 voted yes.
The tentative agreement with GM includes a 25% pay increase, cost of living adjustments and an increase in pension pay.
Totty tells 13 Action News that pensions are the biggest point of contention for members.
“If everybody else is receiving 30% in this deal, why aren’t the pensions not raising by 30% as well? There’s work to be done on those pensions,” said Totty.
He adds that not providing health care to all full-time employees is also holding the contract deal back.
“We need more details on some things,” said Totty. “Members that were hired after 2007 don’t get health care. That’s an issue.”
He said it’s a waiting game for the GM Propulsion Plant workers. National voting ends on Nov. 17, when the votes will go to Detroit to be tallied and the final results will be released.
Find the UAW’s GM contract ratification vote tracker at the link here.
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