Under pressure from the striking United Auto Workers, General Motors agreed last week to include EV battery plants in its master agreement with the union. It’s a huge victory for the UAW — and a crucial step in ensuring the transition to EVs benefits workers.
Dianne Feeley is a UAW retiree and member of Unite All Workers for Democracy (UAWD). She is an editor of Against the Current.
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