UAW Files Unfair Labor Practice Charges Against General Motors and Stellantis, Union President Says

UAW Files Unfair Labor Practice Charges Against Automakers

Introduction

The United Auto Workers (UAW) has filed unfair labor practice charges against General Motors and Stellantis, accusing them of not bargaining with the union in good faith or in a timely manner, according to UAW President Shawn Fain.

Background

The UAW claims that both companies failed to respond to the union’s demands promptly, leading to the filing of the charges. However, the UAW did not file a complaint against Ford Motor, as Fain stated that the company responded with a counterproposal that he strongly criticized.

UAW’s Allegations

Fain expressed his frustration with GM and Stellantis, calling their refusal to bargain in good faith not only insulting and counterproductive but also illegal. He announced during a Facebook Live session that the UAW has filed unfair labor practice charges against both companies with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Response from GM and Stellantis

GM did not immediately respond to ‘s request for comment, and both the union and NLRB have not provided additional details about the filings. Stellantis, on the other hand, stated that it has not yet received the NLRB complaint and expressed shock at Fain’s claims, asserting that they have bargained in good faith.

Ford’s Proposal and UAW’s Demands

Fain criticized Ford’s recent proposal as concessionary, highlighting a 9% wage increase over four years, one-time lump sum bonuses, and unlimited use of lower-paid temporary workers without the same benefits. Ford rejected the union’s job security and quality of life proposals. The UAW’s demands include a 46% wage increase, restoration of traditional pensions, cost-of-living increases, reduced workweek, and improved retiree benefits.

Ford’s Statement

Ford CEO Jim Farley released a statement defending the company’s proposal, emphasizing its importance for the workers and its contribution to Ford’s position as the most American automaker. The proposal includes 15% guaranteed combined wage increases, lump sum payments, and other improvements compared to the previous contract. Ford highlighted a six-year grow-in period for top wages, cost-of-living bonuses, ratification bonuses, and a 25% increase in base wages for temporary workers.

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