The United Auto Workers leadership has decided to hold off on any further strikes as negotiations continue over a new labor contract between the UAW and the Big Three automakers—GM, Ford, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The decision comes after a wave of limited strikes last month that ended with progress on several issues. Despite reports of UAW leadership exploring further strikes, members of the bargaining team say that they have not discussed initiating additional pressure tactics.
The UAW has been working with the Big Three on a comprehensive contract since July, and the most recent round of negotiations has seen progress on a number of key issues. These include wages, job security, healthcare, and pensions. An agreement on these items could be announced within the next few weeks.
The UAW leadership made it clear that they will not hesitate to take further action if the talks fail to produce an acceptable deal, but at this point, they are willing to give the automakers one more chance to come to an agreement. If the negotiations break down, however, the UAW leadership will likely begin to explore the possibility of striking again. For now, talks appear to be moving in a positive direction.