General Motors workers approve new contract, ending 40-day strike
Striking General Motors factory workers are putting down their picket signs after approving a new contract that will end a 40-day strike that paralyzed the company's U.S. production.
The United Auto Workers union confirmed that the contract passed on Friday but did not immediately announce vote totals.
Picket lines will end immediately, and skilled trades workers will begin restarting factories that were shuttered when 49,000 workers walked out on Sept. 16. Some production workers could return Friday night.
The deal includes a mix of wage increases and lump-sum payments and an $11,000 signing bonus. But GM will close three U.S. factories.
Shortly after announcing the new contract, UAW President Gary Jones said the union will proceed with pattern bargaining at Ford.
“Now that the General Motors strike has ended and the agreement has been ratified, we will proceed to Ford working with UAW Vice President Rory Gamble, Director of the UAW Ford Department and their staff.”
Striking workers at two large General Motors factories have approved a new contract with the company, all but assuring the deal will be ratified and a contentious 40-day strike will end Friday.
Production workers at GM's SUV plant in Arlington, Texas, voted overwhelmingly in favor of the contract. Arlington is the United Auto Workers union's largest GM local.
Also, workers at an assembly plant in Wentzville, Missouri, near St. Louis approved the deal Friday.
National totals will be announced later Friday. Workers could go back to their jobs as early as Friday night.
About 49,000 workers walked off their jobs Sept. 16, halting production at more than 30 U.S. factories.
Striking workers at the General Motors factory with the most employees have approved a new contract with the company, all but assuring the deal will be ratified and a 40-day strike will end.
Production workers at GM's SUV plant in Arlington, Texas, voted 78% in favor, while skilled trades voted 60% for the contract. Arlington is the United Auto Workers union's largest local, representing more than 5,000 people.
The voting percentages were posted Friday on the local's website but no totals were given. Local officials believe the strike will end. The website told members to check after 4 p.m. Friday to find out when they return to work.
About 49,000 workers walked off their jobs Sept. 16, halting production at U.S. factories.
National vote totals will be released later Friday.
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