The United Auto Workers (UAW) and Volvo Group-owned Mack Trucks agreed Sunday to a tentative deal that covers nearly 4K employees at the company just before the current contract was set to expire — narrowly averting a strike that would have added to work stoppages at plants run by the big three Detroit automakers.
First announced on X, formerly known as Twitter, this temporary deal comes after the union stated that Mack employees had authorized almost unanimously a strike last month. The agreement must still be ratified by the UAW before being officially accepted.
Democrats like to boast about how pro-union they are, but that unconditional support has empowered this all-too-powerful union to implement an economy-stifling strike. If Biden really had the workers’ well-being in mind his administration would have done more to prevent this walk-out that is going to crush the economy and, hopefully, his reelection chances.
Republicans have stood by for decades while these companies’ profits and executive compensation have skyrocketed — far outpacing employee compensation and benefits. Pres. Biden and the Democrats are doing what they can to help the workers but the only ones to blame here are the exploitive companies and their GOP allies.
There's a 50% chance that at least 459K workers will go on strike as part of major work stoppages in the US in 2023, according to the Metaculus prediction community.