UAW Local 774 rejects agreement with General Motors

Results of a vote were announced Friday morning

WBEN Newsroom
October 25, 2019 - 2:42 am

UAW Workers strike at the Tonawanda Engine Plant. September 16, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

Tonawanda, NY (WBEN) - According to results of a vote released early Friday morning, a tentative agreement between the United Auto Workers Local 774 at the Tonawanda plant and General Motors has been rejected. 

The results show 51.02% (603 votes) were in favor of rejecting the agreement while 48.98% (579 votes) voted for it to be approved. 

UAW Local 686 at the Lockport plant rejected the deal on Thursday, a move not surprisingly to Art Wheaton of the Worker Institute at Cornell. "I think there was some concern from Lockport. Over the years, there has been turmoil over whether they'll have product or they won't have product. The plants most concerned they could be next on the list for shutting down are concerned there weren't as much employment securities in that agreement," says Wheaton. He says Lockport wasn't alone. "The Rochester plant overwhelmingly voted it down, the Bowling Green, KY plant voted it down, and the Spring Hill, TN plant voted it down but the difference was seven votes," notes Wheaton.

Wheaton warns if the deal isn't ratified, the negotiating team may have some issues reching a new deal. "It hurts the UAW bargaining team if they have to go back to the table having failed to ratify the last agreement. The GM can say we trusted you to get this ratified. You promised you could do it and you couldn't get it ratified," says Wheaton. He adds those voting down in favor of a better deal may end up being worse for them.

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