manufacturing facilities around the country have begun ratifying the tentative labor agreement between the automaker and the
United Auto Workers
. Both Flint and Lansing were the first plants to vote for the new deal over the weekend, though others are beginning to fall in line, including the St. Louis-area plant in Wentzville, which has been
earmarked for a $380M investment to help build a new mid-size pickup
, along with Spring Hill, Tennessee, former home of the now defunct
brand. A total of 48,500
workers are expected to vote on the measure by the time the issue comes to a close.
reports that 15 plants have voted for the new contract, three have voted against ratification, and there are 35 yet to vote.
Detroit Free Press
is also reporting that a deal with the
Ford Motor Company
may also be struck by week's end. The
is also continuing negotiations with
, which have endured some early hiccups.
GM and the UAW agreed on a deal that would see new entry-level workers receive a $2-3 hourly raise over the next four years, as well as a $5,000 signing bonus and a yearly $1,000 lump-sum inflation protection bonus.