Bowling Green UAW Local 2164 held their vote on Wednesday on whether to accept the negotiated labor agreement hammered out with General Motors after striking for 38 days. When the votes were tabulated, 56% (498) voted against the new agreement while 44% (393) voted to accept it.
That’s a far cry from the 70% approval rating that Local 2164 President Jack Bowers thought the new contract would garner earlier in the week.
Voting has taken place at eight GM plants while 27 are still waiting to cast their ballots. According to the Detroit News UAW Vote Tracker, the Yes vote is leading 60% (5,255) while the No vote is 40% (3,491).
By far the worst defeat comes from the 842 members of Local 1097 in Rochester, NY which saw only 17% voting in favor of the new agreement. Yet at Local 14 which represents Toledo’s Transmission plant, the vote to approve the new contract was 80% from both production and skilled trades members.
The UAW is expected to receive all ballots by 4 pm on Friday.
The strike, now in its 5th week, has already delayed the start of production of the 2020 Corvette Stingray as customers with early TPWs (Target Projection Week) saw their orders slide from early December into mid-to-late January.
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