The 150,000 UAW members at Detroit’s Big Three aren’t the only ones benefitting from their new contracts with General Motors, Ford and Stellantis. Three foreign-owned manufacturers have announced similar wage hikes for their own U.S. workers — hoping to keep them non-union. Find out more at Headlight.News.
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.”
It hasn’t taken long for the UAW strike to impact others, as an auto supplier has already implemented layoffs and Ford sent home 600 workers who can’t get needed parts due to the strikes. UAW chief Shawn Fain dismissed the notion the Biden administration could help. Check out the story at Headlight.News.