In case you missed it over the weekend, the United Auto Workers announced ratified contracts with General Motors and Ford. The finalized agreements end weeks of negotiations with Detroit\'s automakers, and they mean that all of the Big Three have new union commitments.

The four-year deal with Ford barely passed with a 51.4-percent majority. The Blue Oval\'s production workers voted 51.3 percent in favor of the contract, and 52.4 percent of those from skilled trades accepted it. The new arrangement with the company follows the rest of the bargains by discontinuing the two-tier wage structure over the coming years. Veteran employees also get their first raise in about a decade, according to Reuters. "Our UAW members have ratified the national agreement after a long process and much debate," union president Dennis Williams said in a statement.

The UAW initially delayed the ratification with GM because 59.5 percent of skilled trades workers rejected the deal. The union met with these members and renegotiated their portion of the contract with the automaker to "protect core trades classifications and seniority rights," according to a statement. After making these changes, the organization approved the agreement.
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UAW-FORD MEMBERS RATIFY NEW CONTRACT

Detroit, Mich. — The members have voted to ratify a new four-year collective bargaining agreement with Ford by a 51.4% majority. The results of the voting are as follows:

*Production Workers: 51.3% in favor

*Skilled Trades: 52.4% in favor

UAW President Dennis Williams stated: "Our UAW members have ratified the national agreement after a long process and much debate. The voice of the majority has secured a strong future that will provide job security and economic stability for themselves and their families."

"There is no higher authority than the membership. Through a fair and democratic process UAW-Ford members have delivered job security and strong economic gains for their families and communities," said UAW Ford Vice President Jimmy Settles.

Additionally, the UAW-Ford National Agreement for salaried workers passed with 91.5% in favor.


UAW-GM NATIONAL AGREEMENT RATIFICATION

Detroit, Mich. — Today the UAW-GM Council and the International Union, UAW\'s International Executive Board (IEB) 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 – 55.4 percent in favor versus 44.6 percent against – the skilled trades membership voted against ratification. 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.

These issues were then presented to the UAW-GM and UAW National Skilled Trades Departments for review. After reviewing these issues and discussions with the IEB with the recommendation of Vice President Cindy Estrada, the IEB determined that further discussion with the Company was needed. Following discussions with GM, the parties agreed to changes that protect core trades classifications and seniority rights. The UAW-GM Council met to discuss these changes and concluded that the common Skilled Trades issues were addressed and recommended that the changes be presented to the IEB with the Council\'s full and unanimous support.

Based on the fact that the majority of the UAW-GM membership ratified the National Agreement and that the Skilled Trades membership concerns about protecting the core trades classifications and seniority rights have now been met, the IEB took action to formally ratify the UAW-GM National Agreement. General Motors has been notified of the UAW\'s formal ratification of the National Agreement.

The UAW Constitution provides for separate ratification votes when granted by the UAW International Executive Board. Since its inception, the UAW has put in place a process to ensure that minority groups have a voice while at the same time protecting the rights of the majority. The UAW\'s highest body, its Constitutional Convention, has affirmed this process and stated that this process of separate ratification votes should not be abused, but used as a tool to protect all of our members\' rights.

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