WASHINGTON — The United Auto Workers union is seeking to unionize at auto plants nationwide after months of talks with the Trump administration that left the workers with little hope of securing a collective bargaining agreement.
The auto workers, representing more than a million workers, are the latest to express frustration with the UAW.
In a letter sent Monday to Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, the union called for the union to negotiate a new contract with the president and a national trade council.
The union also asked for the auto industry to “adopt a new strategic agenda for our organization and its members.”
The union has been in negotiations with the White House, which has been unable to reach a deal on a new collective bargaining deal.
It is seeking a two-year contract worth $17 billion, or roughly $1,000 per person, with the backing of unions representing nearly a quarter of all auto workers in the United States.
It would include a $15 minimum wage and the right to union representation.
The auto workers want a $25-per-hour minimum wage.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.