United Auto Workers and Stellantis reach tentative contract that follows model set by Ford

Jeep maker Stellantis has reached a tentative contract agreement with the United Auto Workers union that follows a template set earlier this week by Ford, the UAW announced Saturday night, calling it “another major victory.”

“Once again, we have achieved what just weeks ago we were told was impossible,” UAW President Shawn Fain said in a video released on X, formerly known as Twitter. “At Stellantis, we not only secured a record contract, we have begun to turn the tide in the war on the American working class.”

The deal, which must still be ratified by members, leaves only General Motors without a contract with the union. The agreement could end a six-week strike by more than 14,000 workers at Stellantis assembly plants in Michigan and Ohio, and at parts warehouses across the nation.

Like workers at Ford, the strikers at Stellantis are expected to take down their picket lines and begin returning to work in the coming days, before 43,000 union members vote.

The union said most of the main points of the deal at Ford will carry over to Stellantis — including 25% in general wage increases over the next 4 1/2 years for top assembly plant workers, with 11% coming once the deal is ratified. Workers also will get cost-of-living pay that would bring the raises to over 30%, with top assembly plant workers making more than $40 per hour. At Stellantis, top-scale workers now make around $31 per hour.