WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United Auto Workers (UAW) announced this week it had reached a tentative deal with General Motors, the last of the Big Three automakers to strike a deal with the Union. Among the concessions won by the UAW, GM, Ford and Stellantis will ensure all future EV plants will be unionized. In response, Erika Thi Patterson, auto supply chain campaign director for Public Citizen’s Climate Program, issued the following statement:
“The 150,000 United Auto Workers who just reached tentative agreements with the ‘Big Three’ automakers deserve monumental congratulations. These tentative contracts would reverse decades of declining working conditions and stagnant wages, paving the way toward a truly just EV transition for autoworkers. Public Citizen is proud to stand behind autoworkers no matter their decision to ratify the contract and look forward to continued partnership to create economic and environmental sustainability for communities.
“The final contracts will not only raise standards for the entire auto sector, but set a new precedent that automakers have the power to protect workers across their supply chains, which have historically been rife with environmental, human rights, and labor abuses.”
- Open letter to Big Three in solidarity with UAW from over 100 environmental, advocacy, consumer, and civil society groups.
- Blog: UAW is fighting for a truly just EV transition
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