Some progress has been made in discussions between the United Auto Workers union and the Detroit Three automakers, but with only days before a potential strike could begin, an agreement has still not been met, Reuters reports.
The current four-year labor deal is set to expire by 11:59 p.m. ET on September 14, and with its expiration comes the possibility of 146,000 U.S. autoworkers going on strike.
The UAW is currently advocating for defined-benefit pensions for all workers, 32-hour work weeks, additional cost-of-living increases, job security guarantees, and getting rid of the concept of temporary workers.
This past Friday, revised offers from Stellantis, General Motors, and Ford Motor were rejected by the UAW.
These offers included a 14.5% wage increase over four years for U.S. hourly workers from Stellantis, a 10% wage raise and two additional 3% annual lump-sum payments over four years from GM, and a 10% wage raise and lump sum payments from Ford.
UAW presented a revised offer on Sunday, to which Stellantis responded with plans for another counteroffer. Though the union was originally asking for a 20% raise in wages upon ratification and four annual 5% raises, it has since reduced the raises to 36% in total, two sources informed Reuters.
Stellantis told its employees this week that the company is optimistic about reaching an agreement, and that tentative agreements in areas such as health and safety have already been reached with the UAW.
“We've made some progress, a little bit of progress but it's still slow but we're moving,” UAW President Shawn Fain told CNN. “We have a long way to go. ... There's a lot of issues.”