Stellantis' last proposal to the UAW before workers went on strike included a "very compelling" offer that addressed the future of an idled Jeep plant in Illinois and wage increases totaling 20 percent over four years, its top North American executive said Saturday.
Mark Stewart, the company's North America COO, didn't elaborate on what the offer would do with the Belvidere Assembly Plant, which built Jeep Cherokees until going dark in February. He said the Belvidere deal was on the table only until the contract expired at 11:59 p.m. Thursday but that Stellantis is willing to revisit the issue.
"We were very specific that that solution for Belvidere, which included job protection for the folks and some other items that we're not going into the detail with — but it was a very, very good proposal for how to resolve Belvidere," Stewart told reporters Saturday. "It was only on the table until contract expiration, so we are glad to continue to work on a solution, we want to have a solution including that, but we need to all come together and be able to find a reasonable solution that both the company and the union can agree to." The UAW has been on strike since Friday against Detroit 3 plants in three states, including Stellantis' Toledo Assembly Complex in Ohio.