UAW Launches Historic Simultaneous Strike: GM, Ford And Stellantis Plants To Face Picket Lines

Benzinga · 09/15/2023 04:10

The United Auto Workers (UAW) union has kickstarted their simultaneous strike against the Detroit three automakers after failing to reach an agreement on pay hikes and other amenities.

As per plans outlined by UAW President Shawn Fain in a Facebook live at 10 p.m. ET, workers will stage a simultaneous walkout at three factories- General Motors Co‘s (NYSE:GM) Missouri assembly plant, Ford Motor Co‘s (NYSE:F) Michigan assembly plant and Stellantis NV‘s (NYSE:STLA) Ohio assembly plant. This is a new approach planned by the union instead of all plants striking at once.

The locals that have not been called upon to strike will continue to work under the expired agreement without contract extensions, Fain said, while adding that he himself would himself be joining the picket line at Ford’s Michigan plant. The union President further hinted that the strike may be expanded to other plants as well.

“We are committed to winning an agreement with the big three that reflects the incredible sacrifice and contributions UAW members have made to these companies,” Fain said.

This is the first time that the union which has over 400,000 active members has commenced a strike on all three automakers simultaneously. “As time goes on, more locals may be called on to "Stand Up" and join the strike. This gives us maximum leverage and maximum flexibility in our fight to win a fair contract at each of the Big Three automakers,” UAW said on its website.

UAW’s demands include a 40% pay hike by September 2027 amongst other amenities including overtime pay, personal time, pension, and profit-sharing.

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