When the union tallied the votes on the GM contract, 55.43 percent of all workers ratified the deal, but only 40.5 percent of skilled trade employees agreed to the offer. According to a statement by UAW president Dennis Williams, it met with this group to understand why they rejected the proposed bargain. "Based on this feedback from the skilled trades membership, I have determined that further discussion with the company was needed," Williams said.
Workers at Ford meanwhile look likely to accept their tentative contract with the automaker. According to Reuters, 2,548 members at the company's Michigan Assembly Plant recently voted, and 81 percent of production workers and 83 percent of those from skilled trades agreed to the deal. Ford reportedly promised $9 billion in new US investments in the bargain. Rumors suggested the revival of the Bronco and Ranger here was part of that funding.
The International Union, UAW's International Executive Board met to discuss the ratification results for the tentative National Agreement recently negotiated with General Motors LLC. As previously noted, while the majority of the entire UAW-GM membership voted in favor of the tentative agreement by a 55.4 to 44.6 percent margin, the skilled trades membership voted against ratification. Beginning late last week, following receipt of these ratification results, meetings were held with the UAW skilled trades membership at each GM worksite in order to determine the issues for their rejection of the tentative agreement. Based on this feedback from the skilled trades membership, I have determined that further discussion with the company was needed. Such discussions are currently taking place.