The United Auto Workers released their demands ahead of contract negotiations with Detroit’s three major automakers, and union members are ready to get their share of the profits.
New UAW president Shawn Fain laid out what the workers want in a new contract during a livestream earlier this week. Fain has struck a more contentious tone since taking over last March — and those recent earnings above expectation might help the union more than automakers heading into bargaining sessions.
“Our message going into bargaining is clear record profits mean record contracts,” Fain stated in the video. “Our members are working 60-70, even 80 hours a week just to make ends meet. That’s not a living — that’s barely surviving and it needs to stop.”
Among the demands, UAW members want a return of pensions and annual cost of living increases, though full-time workers do get hefty revenue sharing checks.
Fain is also proposing a 32-hour work week so members can spend more time with their families.
The current contract between the UAW and Detroit’s “Big 3” expires Sept. 14 at 11:59 p.m.
Ed. note: Some employees of WDET are members of UAW Local 1979 — a different bargaining group that’s unaffected by these negotiations.