UAW Local 598 members vote in favor of proposed GM contract

More than 5,000 members of UAW Local 598 voted on the proposed GM contract on Union City Fields in Flint.

FLINT (WJRT) (10/23/19) - UAW Local 598 members said yes to the proposed General Motors contract.

Results show 60.9% of the more than 5,000 members voted yes to the tentative agreement while 39.1% voted no. The union did not release specific numbers of votes.

The votes from Local 598 will be added to UAW votes at GM plants across the country. The UAW requires a simple majority to approve the proposed contract.

"Some folks are not happy with it, other folks, they are ready to get back to work." said UAW member Kevin Avery.

A steady stream of striking UAW Local 598 workers showed up to Union City Fields in Flint from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, casting their vote on a tentative agreement aimed at getting them back to work.

"It's not perfect. We went out for certain things that we wanted," Avery said. "My feeling is if you get half of what you or if you get more than half, you should probably take that deal. So I think it's good deal."

UAW member Damikco Stockard had a different take on the deal.

"Getting back to work is one thing, but making sure there's a path for my fellow workers that's temps is another thing," he said. "There's no rush to get back until we get things straight."

Stockard said he was disappointed that the agreement doesn't address the needs of temporary workers more.

"I don't feel like there a clearer path for the temps. I feel there is a long convoluted one," he said. "In some sense, things we had before were better for them, because I've seen temps get hired in less than 30 days. I've seen them take 10 years like myself. The way it's set up now, it could be six, seven years and pay freezes for those guys. I don't see where it's really that beneficial."