DETROIT (AP) — Workers at one of the largest General Motors (GM) factories have voted to ratify a new contract with the company, an indication that a five-week strike could be coming to an end.
United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 598 at a pickup truck plant in Flint, Michigan, the United States (US), approved the contract on Wednesday. The local’s Facebook page says 60.9 per cent voted in favour, while 39.1 per cent were against. The local did not post the number of votes, but about 5,000 union members work at the plant.
Workers across the nation are voting on the new four-year deal. Voting ends today.
The Flint local is the second-largest in the nation, so its approval is a strong sign the contract will be ratified.
About 49,000 UAW workers went on strike against GM on September 16, crippling GM’s US factories and costing the company an estimated USD2 billion.
Before the Flint vote, the contract was winning by more than 1,000 votes.
Vice President of Labour and Manufacturing Kristin Dziczek at the Center for Automotive Research, an industry think tank, said the Flint local is second in size only to one at an SUV plant in Arlington, Texas.
“With that many yes votes, it will be hard for it not to pass,” she said after the Flint vote was announced Wednesday night.