The UAW called off its strike at Ford Oct. 25 after reaching a deal that also provides a three-year path to top wages. The proposed contract must be ratified by Ford's 57,000 UAW-represented employees.
UAW President Shawn Fain said in a video that ending the strike at Ford would pressure GM and Stellantis to also reach a deal.
Both GM and Stellantis have about 14,400 workers on strike at multiple assembly plants and parts distribution centers. This week, Fain ordered walkouts for about 5,000 GM workers who build highly profitable full-size SUVs in Arlington, Texas, and 6,800 Stellantis workers in Sterling Heights, Mich., who build Ram 1500 pickups.
GM and Stellantis most recently had offered to raise wages 23 percent, bringing the top wage rate to above $40 per hour by the end of the contract. The companies differed in some areas, such as the wage grow-in period. The UAW said last week that Stellantis was proposing to reduce the time it takes to reach the top wage rate to four years, while GM offered three years for existing employees and four years for new hires.
Vince Bond Jr. contributed to this report.