UAW in the Driver’s Seat: A Hat-Trick of Victorious Wage Deals

The United Auto Workers (UAW) have hit a labor hat-trick, securing a trailblazing tentative agreement with General Motors. After weeks of unyielding negotiations and the roar of a six-week strike, the UAW is showing us how to fight and win big in the modern labor movement.

Imagine this: a whopping 25% wage increase over four years with additional cost-of-living adjustments that make sure paychecks aren’t gobbled up by inflation. That’s not just a win; it’s a resounding declaration that the labor force will not be sidelined in an era of record profits and ballooning CEO salaries.

The grapevine (or should we say Bloomberg?) tells us that the UAW’s deal with GM is cut from the same cloth as their recent victories with Ford and Stellantis. Talk about a winning streak! Each titan of the U.S. auto industry has now bent the knee to the collective might of nearly 50,000 workers, bringing a powerful six-week strike to a momentous pause — but only if the members give these agreements the thumbs up.

And let’s talk about that strike. It wasn’t just any strike. It was historic. It was nearly 50,000 voices strong, and it shook the foundations of the auto industry to its core. It was about workers demanding their fair share of the pie, a pie that’s been getting bigger for everyone but them for far too long.

These aren’t just any wage increases, folks. They’re nearly triple the 9% that GM and Ford initially had on the table when this all started back in July. And Stellantis? They came to the party offering a meager 14.5% before UAW showed them what real negotiating looks like.

The UAW wasn’t shooting for the stars with their original 46% wage increase demand; they were aiming for what was right. With automakers pocketing hefty profits over the past decade and CEOs cashing checks that would make your eyes water, the workers’ demand was not just a number — it was a statement.

Beyond the percentages and the economics, it’s the timing that’s key here. Less than two days after the UAW dialed up the pressure by expanding its strike to GM’s golden goose — the major Spring Hill Assembly in Tennessee — an agreement magically appears. Coincidence? We think not. It’s strategy, it’s power, it’s the labor movement in action. And it comes hot on the heels of GM announcing their record-shattering revenue of $44.1 billion.

Now, it’s up to the UAW members to ratify these deals. It’s their call to decide if they’ll drive back to work with these new contracts in hand. This is more than just a series of negotiations; it’s a testament to what solidarity, resilience, and collective bargaining can achieve in an economy that often feels rigged against the many in favor of the few.

So, let’s rev those engines because if these agreements pass, it’s not just a return to work; it’s a return with heads held high and a blueprint for workers everywhere seeking justice and equity. Here’s to the UAW, steering the wheel of progress for workers’ rights.