With no major progress reported in contract talks with Detroit’s Big Three automakers, the UAW ordered nearly 7,000 workers to walk out at the most profitable plant operated by Stellantis, its Ram pickup line in the Detroit suburb of Sterling Heights.
GM manufacturing chief Gerald Johnson took an end run around UAW leaders by providing striking workers a detailed look at the company’s latest contract offer. “These are not poverty wages,” he stressed, noting many union employees will make over $100,000 before benefits. GM, Johnson stressed, simply can’t offer any more if it hopes to remain competitive.
Nearly five weeks in, there appears to be no immediate end in sight for the UAW’s strike against Detroit’s Big Three. In his first appearance since the union’s contracts with his company expired, Ford Chairman Bill Ford spoke out, warning the walkout could destroy the American auto industry, and saying “We need to come together to bring an end to this acrimonious round of talks.”
Better Wages, More Time Off Critical, But Striking Autoworkers Also Want What They Gave up to Save Failing Automakers
Three weeks in, the UAW strike already cost the U.S. at least $4 billion, according to analysts. However, that number’s likely to rise given the lengthy list of demands from the union, could be described as “back to the future.” Find out why at Headlight.News.
As the number of strikers rises so too does the number of layoffs. When workers walk, they end up impacting other plants, which end up shutting down. With no work for workers, they get laid off. Despite the downside, the UAW says the public is with them. Find out more at Headlight.News.
The UAW is contemplating an expansion of its ongoing strike. Union chief Shawn Fain will reveal what the organization will do next or if the talks with the Detroit automakers are on the upswing. Get details at Headlight.News.
Joe Biden became the first sitting U.S. president to join a picket line when he accepted UAW chief Shawn Fain’s invitation to come to metro Detroit and address striking union workers and march with them. Get the story at Headlight.News.
Automakers laying off more workers as plants become idle. Get details at TheDetroitBureau.com.
The union’s militant leader, Shawn Fain, says if negotiations don’t improve, the stand up strike is going to grow. Meanwhile, former President Donald Trump says he’s coming to Detroit to meet with union members, but Fain says Trump is the problem the UAW is battling. Details at Headlight.News.