UAW reaches tentative agreement with Ohio battery supplier for GM, Ford

Workers at a Clarios vehicle battery plant near Toledo have reached a tentative contract agreement with the supplier, a top union official said Monday.

About 400 members of UAW Local 12 struck the supplier to General Motors and Ford on May 8.

The UAW rank and file are scheduled to discuss the tentative pact and then hold a ratification vote Monday, said David Green, director of UAW Region 2B.

Green was not able to share the details of the proposed agreement. The Clarios plant, in Holland, Ohio, employs about 650 people and produces 125,000 to 150,000 batteries a week.

There was no immediate comment from a Clarios spokesperson.

The strike began after a contract proposal was voted down. Overtime pay is a key issue for striking workers, among other concerns.

The Lucas County Court of Common Pleas in Ohio issued a restraining order May 12 to prevent pickets from disrupting business operations and creating unsafe conditions on the picket line.

Clarios, of Milwaukee, ranks No. 75 on Automotive News’ list of the top 100 global parts suppliers, with estimated parts sales to automakers worldwide of $2.5 billion in its fiscal 2021.

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