UAW members vote on the deal
UAW members started voting Friday on the tentative GM deal, which many expect to be ratified.
“I think it’s a great agreement,” said Mike Green, president of UAW Local 652, which represents workers at the Grand River Assembly Plant in Lansing, after the UAW National GM Council voted to support the deal on Wednesday in Detroit. “You don’t always get everything you want, but there’s something in there for everybody.”
Grand River Assembly’s 1,600 hourly production workers as well as 3,230 more at Fairfax Assembly in Kansas started voting on the deal on Friday. They were among the first plants to do so. Voting results were not available as of late-Friday.
Voting on the deal is expected to continue through next week. UAW President Dennis Williams on Wednesday did not answer a question from reporters about whether voting would be wrapped up in a week.
If the deal is ratified by GM workers, the union will move onto Ford Motor Co. – the last of the Detroit automakers to finalize a tentative agreement with the union.