Oct. 20, 2023 – Our UAW-Stellantis national negotiators made important progress this week, so we didn’t expand the Stand Up Strike. But as we showed at Ford’s Kentucky Truck Plant on Oct. 11, we remain ready to stand up at any time when a company fails to move forward toward a fair agreement. Below is a detailed list of the areas where we’ve made progress with Stellantis and where the company must do better.
At all three companies, as of this week, we have a 23% raise on the table. That’s up from 20% just a few days ago, and up from 9% when they made their first offer. The companies kept saying they hit their limit, and then their limit went up. We think there’s more ground to gain.
At all three companies, we have killed massive wage tiers. This is a major win, and has been a major priority. We believe in equal pay for equal work.
At Stellantis, Mopar workers will make production wages. This represents huge raises for those members, and will end the toxic wage tier divide among these members.
We started these negotiations with a ridiculous 8-year progression. At Ford, we got it down to 3 years, where it was in the mid-90s. At Stellantis, they’re still stuck on a 4 year progression. Obviously that is NOT going to fly. If Ford can do it, so can Stellantis.
At Ford, we have won COLA back to where it was in 2009, something we were told was impossible. At Stellantis, we’ve still got a deficient COLA on the table that doesn’t kick-in for the first year. Ford has set the pattern, and we are going to make sure Stellantis follows it.
At all three companies, we’ve been able to beat back concessionary profit-sharing proposals. At Ford, we’ve actually enhanced it, and temp workers with 90 days will now be eligible. At Stellantis, we’ve maintained, but haven’t yet won eligibility for temp workers. Again, we are setting a pattern for Stellantis to follow.
We’re fighting to end the abuse of so-called temp workers who make lower wages, have fewer rights, and little security. At Ford and GM, we’ve raised the temp wage to $21 an hour. At Stellantis, the temp wage is still at $20 an hour, but we are going to convert thousands of temps to full time and we will keep fighting to meet a higher wage standard.
At all three, we’re still negotiating a pathway for future temps to get converted to end the abuse of these members. We’re fighting hard to win language across the Big Three that will make sure that temporary work is just that – temporary.
One of our biggest proposals on job security has been the right to strike over plant closures. They can’t keep closing plants without any consequences. At Stellantis and Ford, we’ve won that right. We will keep our jobs secure with the most powerful weapon we have, the strike threat.
At all three companies, we’ve won an additional holiday, Juneteenth, and two weeks of paid parental leave, a first for our members at the Big Three.
We know we need to fix our broken retirement system at the Big Three. All three companies are now offering a $3 increase to the pension multiplier, and boosting the 401k, though GM lags behind.
Ford and Stellantis are offering a 9.5% employer contribution to the 401k, and GM is offering just 8%.
For current retirees, all three companies are giving us deeply inadequate offers, but Stellantis is the worst. While Ford is offering a $250 annual lump sum payment, and GM just a one-time $1,000 lump-sum, Stellantis isn’t offering anything at all. We are going to keep fighting to win justice for all our retirees.
SKILLED TRADES TOOL ALLOWANCE
All three companies are now at $1.50 tool allowance for skilled trades.