On October 30th, the United Auto Workers (UAW) announced the official end to their strikes against each of the big three automakers. Finally coming to terms with General Motors (GM) as the last holdouts, in the days preceding, they announced deals with Ford and Stellantis. In the new deal, much of the language is similar to what they reached with Ford, and getting base wages increased by 25% through April 2028.
Even better, GM employees are finally getting back the perks that they lost when the Great Recession hit. Cost-of-living allowances, three-year wage progressions, and the elimination of wage tiers for union workers are another step in the right direction for these union workers. Perks like these were why so many started working at these factories, and what kept them on the job so long.
One of the biggest sticking points between UAW and GM came from their Ultium Cells plant in Warren, Ohio, where batteries for GM Electric Vehicles (EVs) are produced. According to UAW leaders, employees at that plant had been moved from other factories, only to have their wages slashed from $30 an hour to $16.50 following the move. In an effort to mend some fences, EV workers will receive an 11% hike, and workers will be allowed to transfer to EV battery plants or EV production plants as positions open up.
These deals were similar to Ford and Stellantis, with the 25% base salary increase being the cornerstone at all three.
Auto executives are already abandoning Biden’s EV mandates as Americans are avoiding the vehicles. Largely disgusted by the EV offerings and the tremendous price tags for the lack of convenience, they are refusing to make the change. Instead, they want to keep the American dream alive and well with dino juice-powered cars and trucks. Despite Biden’s insistence that EVs and other “green” incentives will ultimately save them money, the American consumer is over it.
If Biden wants to make big changes and help the American people, he will go the conservative route. Flood the global market with American oil. Sign off on the oil contracts and open the refineries back up. Bring back the tax breaks and get the country off foreign dependence. Make the oil and gas companies drive the cost of gas back down. As it is, station owners aren’t making money on the gas they sell. Instead, that money is coming from customers grabbing a drink or a bite to eat.
This is why the days of mom-and-pop gas-only stores are long gone; there’s no money in it. As Biden tries to shove EVs on the American people, the small market non-chain gas stations are disappearing too. Getting back to the practice of having healthy competition between stations and brands will only help to revive the American economy. At this point, a healthier economy means more than a slight drop in greenhouse emissions.
For people who have been conflicted about the EV movement, they aren’t alone. The promise of not having to spend so much money on a top-off is enticing. Currently, it runs $15-20 at most to fully charge a Tesla (of any model or option). Compared to $35 at the minimum for the cheapest vehicle and $100 or more for a large diesel truck, and the savings can add up quickly if you have the time. It makes them attractive to many Americans, and rightfully so.
Choosing to go “green” and investing in an EV needed to be a personal choice. It should have never been forced on the American people or automakers. Yet Biden and fellow liberal twit Cal Gov. Gavin Newsome stepped up to try and make us get away from fossil fuels. They seem to think they know what’s best for everyone, yet forget many of us aren’t living in the metro area.
Deciding on a career in automotive factory work is a noble blue-collar job. These men and women were revered and treated well for decades and are a larger reason we have unions in the US. Now thanks to people like Biden, they are being shown the door faster than the American people can replace them.
Let’s make blue-collar work revered again.