GM’s Ultium Cells workers vote to ratify new contract

By Thomson Reuters Jun 17, 2024 | 10:39 AM

(Reuters) – Union members at Ultium Cells – a joint venture between General Motors and LG Energy Solution – in Lordstown, Ohio voted to ratify a new labor agreement, the United Auto Workers said on Monday.

About 98% of votes cast were in favor of the new deal, which includes a 30% wage increase over three years for many workers, and a $3,000 ratification bonus.


As automakers shift to manufacturing electric vehicles (EVs), their battery plants have emerged as a focal point for the union.

UAW expects the Ultium agreement to set a new precedent for upcoming battery facilities in the U.S. and the entire EV industry.


Earlier this month, the UAW reached a tentative contract with Ultium Cells, which manufactures EV batteries for GM. The plant began operations in 2021 with a non-unionized workforce and the workers voted to join the UAW in late 2022.


By October 2027, Ultium production workers will make $35 an hour, 112% more than before they joined the UAW.

(Reporting by Shivansh Tiwary in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila)