The United Auto Workers union plans to strike additional Detroit Three automotive facilities on Friday
UAW President Shawn Fain is scheduled to unveil new objectives during online remarks at 10 a.m. ET on Friday. Following his announcement, workers at the specified locations will commence a walkout at noon, as disclosed by an insider. The ongoing walkouts, already in progress, are anticipated to persist until the ratification of a new contract, according to the same source.
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The union initiated a strike on September 14 after failing to reach new contract agreements with Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis, the manufacturer of Jeep vehicles.
The UAW intends to unveil its upcoming selection of strike targets this Friday via a Facebook Live broadcast, with a union insider indicating that they are considering all available options.
The upcoming announcement is anticipated to adhere to the established format used by Fain in previous announcements, such as the recent expansion of the strike affecting 38 distribution facilities belonging to General Motors and Stellantis, which was disclosed last Friday. Notably, the previous announcement excluded sites affiliated with Ford Motor Co., though it remains uncertain whether a similar exemption will apply to this week’s announcement.
Ford avoided a second round of escalation as negotiations with the union continued to make progress. On Tuesday, Fain mentioned that the negotiation process was proceeding at a slower pace, and the union planned to include additional facilities in the strike to increase pressure on the automakers.
Reports of a potential strike expansion have emerged as former President Donald Trump prepares to visit Michigan, following President Biden’s historic visit to the UAW picket line. On Tuesday, President Biden met with UAW picketers at GM’s Van Buren Township parts distribution center in Michigan. During his visit, he conveyed the message, “Wall Street didn’t construct this nation; it was the middle class that built it. The unions played a pivotal role in establishing the middle class. Let’s continue this momentum. You have rightfully earned what you deserve, and it’s far more than your current compensation.”
However, from the perspective of the UAW, Biden’s visit significantly intensified the attention on their labor dispute. The union, along with its president Shawn Fain, openly aligned themselves with Biden prior to Trump’s visit.
The United Auto Workers strike is a continuing labor strike that encompasses automobile workers who are members of the United Auto Workers union and involves the three major unionized automakers in the United States: Ford Motor Company, General Motors, and Stellantis.
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