LORDSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The vote tally is in and workers have voted in favor of a new contract agreement between General motors and its union production workers in Lordstown.
Members of the United Auto Workers 1112 had 24 hours to vote on the contract. Voting began at 5 a.m. Monday and wrapped up at 5 a.m. Tuesday. The vote count came in at 78 percent of production workers voting in favor of the new deal, with 22 percent voting no. Skilled trades voted 45 percent in favor – 55 percent against.
Local 1112 represents 3,600 production workers.
There are two unions at the GM Lordstown plant. UAW 1714 went through the same voting process earlier this month. Most members of the union voted in support of the agreement, 53 percent total, only 48 percent of production workers approved, said Robert Morales, president of UAW Local 1714. Skilled trades approved the agreement with 68 percent of the members supporting it.
Union leaders say it was a long hard fight negotiating details for its members with GM. Some of those negotiations included working rights, such as how overtime is handled for employees.
Local 1112 President Glenn Johnson said overall everyone was pleased during the discussion of the agreement but will be meeting later with the skilled trades group.
“We will talk with our trades people and find out what their concerns were and move forward from there. But ultimately some point in time, we will have a ratified agreement,” Johnson said.