In the current dispute, the UAW wants to get a bigger share of the profits from the combustion car business and more job security for its members as a result of switching to electric cars. “The union also sees the risk of change or disruption of the automotive industry through the electrification of work,” said automotive expert Frank Schwope. “The long-standing American car companies in particular are still making big losses with their electric cars and will have to adjust their designs in the future.” However, the American car market is changing more slowly than those of Europe and China.
Developers have made improvements when it comes to money and are now offering between 17.5 and 20 percent more over four and a half years. But that’s only about half of what the UAW is asking. The union also wants to end the stagnant wage system, according to which new hires reach the same salary level as long-term workers after eight years. The UAW represents nearly 150,000 workers on strike – 57,000 at Ford, 46,000 at GM and 43,000 at Chrysler.
Fain said the UAW will avoid a more expensive, company-wide strike for now, but is keeping all options open. The 54-year-old, who often quotes from the Bible and was just elected head of the UAW, described the collective bargaining dispute as a battle to realign power between workers and global corporations: “We are fighting for the welfare of the entire working class workers and the poor”.
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GM expressed dismay at the strikes and announced that it would continue negotiations. A GM executive previously said the UAW lawsuit would cost GM $100 billion. That’s more than double the group’s stock market value and is unaffordable. Ford said the UAW’s latest proposals would double U.S. labor costs and make Ford unable to compete with Tesla and other non-union manufacturers. Stellantis said the company had been placed in “state of emergency.” Everything will be done to protect the group and its activities in North America. Stellantis left his meaning clear.