Service & Solidarity Spotlight: UAW Files Unfair Labor Practices Charges Against Big Automakers, Alleging ‘Willful Refusal to Bargain’

President Shawn Fain leads UAW members at a rally.

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The International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) filed unfair labor practice charges against General Motors and Stellantis, accusing the carmakers of illegally refusing to bargain in good faith. Contracts with the “Big Three” automakers (GM, Stellantis and Ford) are set to expire in two weeks. UAW is seeking a 46% wage increase over four years, more paid time off, and the elimination of tiers that leave newer workers with paltry pay and benefits.

“I'm sad to report that the Big Three are either not listening, or they are not taking us seriously,” Fain said. “Both General Motors and Stellantis have failed to give us any economic counters. GM and Stellantis’ willful refusal to bargain in good faith is not only insulting and counterproductive, it’s also illegal. That’s why…our union filed unfair labor practice charges, or ULPs, against both GM and Stellantis with the National Labor Relations Board.”