The UAW and American Axle Manufacturing have reached a tentative agreement to end a strike by 3,600 UAW members at American Axle plants in Michigan and New York. The workers have been on strike since Feb. 26. The tentative pact was announced late yesterday.
Says UAW President Gettelfinger:
Our members at American Axle have displayed extraordinary solidarity during this strike. the bargaining committee worked extremely hard to achieve this tentative agreement and they have voted to recommend it to the membership.
Relations between workers and employers don’t always have to be hostile and contentious. Yesterday, two awards at the 2008 America@Work Union Industries Show in Detroit prove that when corporations respect workers, everyone wins.
International Specialty Products (ISP) in Calvert City, Ky., and General Motors Powertrain (GMPT) in Defiance, Ohio, were honored with the 2008 Union Label and Service Trades Department’s (UL&STD‘s) annual Labor-Management Awards.
Says UL&STD President Charles Mercer:
These two firms represent the best of modern labor-management cooperation, providing work environments that invite pride and participation among their workers while producing competitive products for a global marketplace.
By Doug Cunningham
The UAW has reached a tentative agreement with American Axle after an 11 week long strike. The union confirms that the tentative agreement has been reached.
The UAW will hold a meeting in Detroit Sunday to explain the agreement to the workers at Detroit’s American Axle plant. Meetings will also be held with workers at American Axle’s plants in New York and in Three Rivers, Michigan.
More than 3600 workers went on strike after American Axle demanded deep wage cuts and an end to future retiree pensions and health care benefits.
The strike demonstrated worker power by shutting down or curtailing production at dozens of GM factories, costing the automaker at least a billion dollars and causing thousands of layoffs at GM.