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UAW Announces Potential Additional Strikes at GM, Ford, and Stellantis Plants Amidst Negotiations


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United Auto Workers Union Announces Potential Additional Strikes

The United Auto Workers (UAW) union is considering launching more strikes at General Motors, Ford Motor, and Stellantis plants if significant progress is not made in negotiations by Friday. UAW President Shawn Fain made this announcement on Monday, following the union’s targeted strikes at assembly plants for the “Big Three” Detroit automakers. These strikes involved approximately 12,700 workers.

New Deadline Set for Negotiations

Fain stated that autoworkers have waited long enough for improvements and set a new deadline of noon on Friday, September 22nd. The union plans to increase work stoppages based on the progress made in negotiations with the companies. Meetings have taken place between the union and each automaker since the targeted strikes began on Friday.

Definition of “Serious Progress”

Unlike the previous contract deadlines, Fain did not specify that tentative agreements needed to be reached to avoid additional strikes. Instead, he emphasized the importance of “serious progress.” The union has not provided further clarification on what constitutes “serious progress” apart from a tentative deal.

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Current Strikes and Strategic Approach

Currently, strikes are occurring at GM’s midsize truck and full-size van plant in Wentzville, Missouri; Ford’s Ranger midsize pickup and Bronco SUV plant in Wayne, Michigan; and Stellantis’ Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator plant in Toledo, Ohio. The union has chosen these plants strategically as part of targeted strike plans. The approach of conducting “stand-up strikes” simultaneously with negotiations with all three automakers is unique and aims to disrupt production effectively.

Response from Automakers

Ford and Stellantis have not yet responded to the new deadline announcement. GM released a general statement expressing their commitment to bargaining in good faith for the benefit of all parties involved.

Union Demands and Automakers’ Offers

The union has demanded various improvements, including 40% hourly pay increases, a reduced 32-hour workweek, a return to traditional pensions, the elimination of compensation tiers, and the restoration of cost-of-living adjustments. Automakers have made record offers to the union, which include around 20% hourly wage increases, substantial bonuses, retention of the union’s platinum health care, and other enhanced benefits.

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