Jeep manufacturer Stellandis and the United Auto Workers (UAW), the U.S. auto workers’ union, have reached a preliminary agreement to end a strike that has paralyzed operations at the automaker. The deal follows the model established by Ford and the UAW this week, sources close to the matter said.
The contract, which has yet to be ratified by union members, is the only General Motors without a union contract. It could end a six-week strike by more than 14,000 workers at Stellandis factories in Michigan and Ohio in the US.
Like the Ford workers, those striking at Stellantis are expected to return to work in the coming days ahead of a vote by the union’s 43,000 members.
The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said key points negotiated with Ford remained valid with Stellandis. The deal with Ford includes a 25% wage increase for key factory workers over the next four and a half years, with an 11% increase once the deal is approved. Workers will also receive allowances, which will increase by more than 30%. Like Ford, the contract with Stellandis is valid till April 30, 2028.
Talks are underway with General Motors this Saturday in an attempt to try a similar deal. More than 14,000 GM workers are idle at factories in Texas, Michigan and Missouri. /AP
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