With about two weeks to go before the United Auto Workers’ contracts with the Big Three automakers expire, the union has accused General Motors and Stellantis of failing to bargain in good faith. UAW President Shawn Fain announced during a Facebook Live post on Thursday night that the union has filed unfair labor practice charges against the two companies with the National Labor Relations Board because of their “willful refusal to bargain in good faith,” which he called insulting and counterproductive.
Fain said GM
have “failed to give us any economic counters” and that “their top leadership have ditched bargaining.” The filings, dated Aug. 31 and seen by MarketWatch, do not go into any specifics. The UAW used identical language to allege that the two companies have refused to bargain in good faith over mandatory subjects such as wages and benefits for the past six months. Both companies seemed to be caught off guard. “We are surprised by and strongly refute the NLRB charge filed by the International UAW,” said Gerald Johnson, GM executive vice president for global manufacturing, in a statement. “We believe it has no merit and is an insult to the bargaining committees.” Johnson said the company has been “hyper-focused” on negotiations and that there has been progress. Stellantis spokesperson Jodi Tinson said the company had not rece …