UAW workers vote to authorize strikes against Detroit 3
But it doesn't mean there will be a work stoppage. Contracts expire Sept. 14.
DETROIT — More than 96% of United Auto Workers union members have voted to authorize strikes against Detroit’s three automakers.
The UAW has picked General Motors as the target company for this year’s contract talks.
The move means that GM will be the focus of bargaining and any deal with the company will set the pattern for Ford and Fiat Chrysler. It also means that if the union decides to go on strike, it be against GM.
The union said Sept. 2 the vote means leadership is authorized to call strikes against General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler. But it doesn’t mean there will be a work stoppage.
Contracts with the automakers expire at 11:59 p.m. Sept. 14.
Many observers expect a strike as the union seeks pay raises and the companies seek cost parity with foreign automakers that have plants in the US.