UAW Gears Up For Expanded Strikes Against Detroit’s Big-3

Fain Will Hold A Livestream At 10:00 a.m. EDT Tomorrow...

The United Auto Workers (UAW) strike against Detroit’s Big-3 automakers—General Motors (GM), Ford, and Stellantis—continues to make headlines as the labor union and automotive giants grapple with contract negotiations. With the threat of expanded strikes looming, here’s a comprehensive update on the ongoing labor dispute that has captured the nation’s attention.

UAW Members on the picket line. (UAW).

The latest developments in the UAW strike saga come after a week of mounting tensions. Initially launched on September 15, the strikes targeted assembly facilities at each of the Big-3 automakers. However, UAW’s ambitions didn’t stop there. Just last week, the union extended its strike action to include 38 additional distribution facilities for GM and Stellantis. On the other hand, Ford was spared from the expanded strikes, with the UAW citing progress in their negotiations as the reason for the exemption.

With negotiations seemingly at an impasse, UAW Chairman Shawn Fain has set a new deadline for progress in talks. On Friday, the union is expected to announce expanded strikes if 10:00 a.m. EDT does not make significant headway. Fain is set to host a live event on Facebook, where the specific factories to go on strike will be revealed if talks remain unproductive. The strikes involve approximately 18,300 workers, constituting 12.5% of the 146,000 UAW members whose employment contracts expired on September 14. Fain has made it clear that the union’s strategy is to escalate work interruptions in line with the progress of negotiations.

Interestingly, the UAW’s decision to escalate the strikes comes despite record contract offers from the automakers. These offers include substantial hourly wage increases, bonuses amounting to thousands of dollars, and the preservation of the union’s Platinum healthcare and other subsidized benefits. It is an unusual situation where the companies have offered significant concessions, but the workers are pushing for more.

In a departure from past strike tactics, UAW leaders have adopted a strategy of targeted strikes at selected establishments rather than launching national strikes. This approach is designed to keep the automakers on edge and potentially pit them against each other in a race to offer better contract terms. By concentrating their efforts, the UAW aims to achieve maximum impact while minimizing disruption to its members and the industry as a whole.

UAW President Shawn Fain at a rally in Warren, Michigan. (UAW).

As the clock ticks toward the impending strike deadline, all eyes are on the negotiations between the UAW and Stellantis and the overall state of affairs in Detroit’s automotive sector. The outcome of these talks could have far-reaching implications for both the workers and the industry.

Robert S. Miller

Robert S. Miller is a diehard Mopar enthusiast who lives and breathes all that is Mopar. The Michigander is not only the Editor for MoparInsiders.com, 5thGenRams.com, and HDRams.com but an automotive photographer. He is an avid fan of offshore powerboat racing, which he travels the country to take part in.

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I don’t doubt that they want more, with the prices asked for these vehicles today and company bigwigs & CEO’s getting their share of bonus after bonus. Give them heck people!!!

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I don’t doubt that they want more, with the prices asked for these vehicles today and company bigwigs & CEO’s getting their share of bonus after bonus. Give them heck people!!!

Well, I am usually not 100% with the union. But I will say, living in Michigan and seeing what they gave up in 2009 to help the companies and then dealing with two negotiations where their elected officials were bribed to get lower deals, they deserve to have what was reinstated before 2009—especially those retirees who lost everything. Having a UAW job was a big deal when I was a kid. Now, they can't find anyone to work the line, considering McDonalds in the area are paying more for entry-level workers because nobody wants to work nowadays. Especially considering EVs will require 40% less workers and the automakers are making less cars now and more profits than ever.

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