The “Big Three” Detroit-area automakers’ new labor agreements with the UAW are set to expire on April 30, 2028, six months longer than the typical four-year agreements.
“This allows us to strike on May Day, or ‘International Workers’ Day,’” UAW President Shawn Fain said in a Facebook Livestream on Oct. 29.
May 1 is an internationally recognized Labor Day. The US celebrates its Labor Day in September.
Fain hinted at a wider push by unions to change contract deadlines to April 30: “We invite unions around the country to align your contract expirations with our own, so that together we can begin to flex our collective muscles.”
He also signaled that the union would try to make inroads with the non-union automakers.
“When we return to the bargaining table in 2028, it won’t just be with the ‘Big Three,’ but with the ‘Big Five’ or ‘Big Six,’” Fain said.
Effects of Strike
The ripples of the new UAW contracts (which are still pending ratification) can already be seen with some non-union auto companies in the US.
On Wednesday, Toyota announced that hourly manufacturing workers at top pay would receive a wage increase of ~9% effective on Jan. 1, according to an article in Reuters. Other non-union logistics and service parts employees were also set to get increases, the article said.
The UAW strike began on Sept. 15. The union reached its tentative deal with General Motors, the final of the “Big Three'” automakers on Monday. A deal was reached with Stellantis on Saturday, Oct. 29, and with Ford on Wednesday, Oct. 25. Workers have gone back on the job pending the ratification process.
A request for comment from the UAW on the timeline for the ratification process was not returned by time of publication on Wednesday afternoon.
Ethan BernardRead more from Ethan Bernard
Latest in OEMs
Non-union auto workers seek UAW membership
Non-union workers from 13 automakers are making moves to join the Detroit-based United Auto Workers (UAW) union.
Metalformers optimistic for early 2024
Optimism is on the rise among metalformers who expect less volatility in economic activity in the coming months, according to the November business report from the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA).
Trane ships more than 1 million HVAC units made with green steel
A year after signing purchase agreements with two US steelmakers, Trane Technologies has shipped more than 1 million HVAC units produced with low-carbon steel.
HARDI members report a seller’s market for galvanized sheet
Galvanized steel buyers reported a seller's market with steady demand, long lead times, and strong pricing on this month’s call of the Sheet Metal/Air Handling Council of the Heating, Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) association.
UAW, automakers cheer ratified labor pact
The United Auto Workers (UAW) union has released the final tally of member votes, with a combined total of 64% voting in favor of labor agreements across the Detroit-area “Big Three” automakers.