UAW President Shawn Fain on Oct. 6 cited a "major breakthrough" with General Motors over compensation for workers at electric-vehicle battery plants in choosing not to order more workers onto picket lines for the first time since the work stoppage began three weeks ago.
Fain, in his weekly Friday broadcast on Facebook, said GM had agreed to put the battery plants under its master agreement, which would "change the future of our union and the future of our industry." Workers at GM's Ultium Cells plant in Ohio — the first of four U.S. battery-making locations it's planning — currently receive lower pay than assembly workers.
It was not clear how GM would put battery plants under the master agreement. Most battery plants are being operated by joint ventures with other companies and cannot legally be part of Detroit 3 negotiations. The UAW and GM did not immediately respond to a request for comment.