A majority of 47,000 striking United Auto Workers workers voted on Friday to accept and ratify a deal with General Motors, putting an official end to a 40-day strike that cost the company about $2 billion.
Fifty-seven percent of UAW workers voted to ratify the agreement with the auto giant and get back to work, according to an internal letter obtained by The Post.
“General Motors members have spoken,” Terry Dittes, UAW vice president, said in a statement.
The UAW had secured enough votes by 3:51 p.m. on Friday, after a week of contentious voting by its own members — many of whom didn’t approve the deal because they didn’t feel it offered enough protections.
On Oct. 17, the UAW and GM had reached a tentative agreement that keeps healthcare costs steady and gives temporary workers a path to a full-time job, but which closes four US plants and doesn’t protect against further layoffs.
In addition, by 2023, all permanent manufacturing employees will make $32.32 an hour, no matter how many years they’ve worked at GM. Workers currently make $17 to $29.24 an hour, depending on seniority.
GM employees could get back to work as soon as Saturday, according to a source familiar with the results.
While the final vote count wasn’t immediately made public, a deal between GM and the UAW was by no means guaranteed to pass.
After a tentative agreement was agreed upon and approved by the union’s national council, union workers had balked at some of the terms of the deal — including closing down a plant in Lordstown, Ohio, that had been a pet concern of President Trump.
Early voting tallies on the union’s website had shown that the vote was split, with about 55% approving the deal.
“We delivered a contract that recognizes our employees for the important contributions they make to the overall success of the company, with a strong wage and benefit package and additional investment and job growth in our U.S. operations,” said Mary Barra, GM chairman and CEO.