UAW score record Detroit deals, turns to organizing Tesla, foreign automakers


The United Auto Workers (UAW) said on Monday that around 64% of workers at the Detroit Three automakers voted to ratify new record contracts after a six-week targeted strike, as the union turns its attention to organising foreign – owned and Tesla auto plants.

The votes lock in the UAW’s tentative agreements with the automakers through April 2028, which included norms such as 25% increase in base wages and will cumulatively raise the top wage by 33% compounded with estimated cost-of-living adjustments to over $42 per hour.

The agreement has also slashed the required number of years to get to the top wage to three years from eight years, and will boost the pay of temporary workers by 150% and make them permanent employees including significant retirement improvements.


On Monday, the union shared a new video on social media touting the “UAW Bump” referring to the raises received by workers of non-union automakers since the agreements were reached with Detroit Three. The video also featured President Joe Biden urging the non-union workers to join the UAW.