The 49,000 members of the United Auto Workers (UAW) employed by General Motors in the US have voted to go back to work, with just over 57 per cent in favour of the new four-year deal.
The majority vote ends the longest automotive strike in the US in 50 years. Both sides will paint the end of the strike as a victory.
GM was successful in closing three out of the four factories it wanted to shutter. The one spared, the Detroit-Hamtramck car plant, will be used to make electric pickup trucks and SUV, some possibly wearing the dormant Hummer brand.
The automaker also promised to invest US$4 billion ($5.9 billion) in existing sites, and build a battery plant near the Ohio factory it is planning to sell off to Workhorse, a startup electric car manufacturer.
For the UAW, it managed to gain a greater share of company profits, a number of guaranteed pay rises, a US$11,000 ($16,000) ratification bonus for members, and retain its generous healthcare plan.
The union also managed to secure pay rises for long-term contract employees, as well as a clearer path towards to full-time employment.
Although UAW doesn't represent workers in GM's Mexican and Canadian plants, production of engines, transmissions and pickup trucks had to be paused in some Canadian and Mexican factories due to shortages of parts from US facilities.
The strike also halted production at some suppliers, as they were no longer required to produce components for GM.
When we spoke to HSV at the beginning of the strike, it indicated it had a long lead time for its vehicles, which would provide a decent amount of buffer.
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