UAW will strike at more U.S. automobile plants if major development isn’t made

UAW president says union prepared to 'amp up pressure' on automakers

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DETROIT– The United Auto Workers union will reveal extra strikes at General Motors, Ford Motor and Stellantis plants if the sides do not make “serious progress” in settlements by twelve noon ET Friday, UAW President Shawn Fain revealed Monday night.

The timing of the extra plants would come simply over a week after the union revealed targeted strikes at assembly plants for each of the Big Three Detroit car manufacturers, sending out about 12,700 employees to picket lines.

“Autoworkers have waited long enough to make things right at the Big Three. We’re not waiting around, and we’re not messing around. So, noon on Friday, Sept. 22, is a new deadline,” Fain stated in a video launched online by the union.

Fain formerly stated the union prepared to increase the work blockages, based upon how settlements with the business were going. The statement follows the union conference with each of the car manufacturers given that the targeted strikes started Friday.

Unlike the initial agreement due dates, Fain did not state tentative contracts required to be reached at the business to prevent extra strikes, simply “serious progress.” A union spokesperson did not instantly react for remark concerning what specifies that aside from a tentative offer.

Currently on strike are employees from 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 picked the plants as part of targeted strike strategies, as Fain and UAW leaders unconventionally work out with all 3 car manufacturers simultaneously. It’s calling the work blockages “stand-up strikes,” a nod to historical “sit-down” strikes by the UAW in the 1930 s.

“The ‘Stand Up Strike’ is a new approach to striking. Instead of striking all plants all at once, select locals have been called on to ‘Stand Up’ and walk out on strike. If the automakers fail to make progress in negotiations and bargain in good faith going forward, more locals will be called on to Stand Up and join the strike,” Fain stated Monday.

Targeted strikes generally concentrate on crucial plants that can then trigger other plants to stop production due to an absence of parts. They are not unmatched, however the method the union is performing them is not normal.

GM and Ford launched basic declarations on the continuous talks, however both decreased to comment straight on the union-imposed due date Monday night. Stellantis described a declaration launched Monday afternoon about conversations with the union previously in the day being “constructive and focused on where we can find common ground to reach an agreement.”

The extra strike strategies are in spite of car manufacturers making record provides to the union that consist of approximately 20% per hour wage boosts, countless dollars in bonus offers, retention of the union’s platinum healthcare and other sweetened advantages.

Key needs from the union have actually consisted of 40% per hour pay boosts, a decreased 32- hour workweek, a shift back to conventional pensions, the removal of payment tiers and a remediation of cost-of-living changes, to name a few products.

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