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United Auto Workers Union Threatens Additional Strikes at General Motors, Ford Motor, and Stellantis Plants in Lack of Progress

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UAW Union Threatens Additional Strikes at Automaker Plants

Introduction

The United Auto Workers (UAW) union is planning to announce more strikes at General Motors, Ford Motor, and Stellantis plants if negotiations do not make “serious progress” by noon ET Friday, according to UAW President Shawn Fain.

Background

This comes shortly after the union announced targeted strikes at assembly plants for the “Big Three” Detroit automakers, which involved approximately 12,700 workers.

New Deadline

Fain stated in an online video that a new deadline for progress in negotiations is set for noon on Friday, September 22nd.

Increased Work Stoppages

The union had previously indicated plans to increase work stoppages based on the state of negotiations with the companies. This announcement follows meetings between the union and the automakers since the targeted strikes began.

Definition of “Serious Progress”

Fain did not specify the exact requirements for “serious progress” in negotiations, apart from a tentative deal. The union has not provided further clarification on this matter.

Current Strikes

The ongoing strikes involve workers from GM’s plant in Wentzville, Missouri, Ford’s plant in Wayne, Michigan, and Stellantis’ plant in Toledo, Ohio.

Stand-Up Strikes

The UAW has termed these work stoppages as “stand-up strikes,” a unique approach where select locals participate in strikes, causing a ripple effect on production.

Automakers’ Response

GM released a statement expressing their commitment to bargaining in good faith. Ford and Stellantis have not yet responded to the new deadline.

Additional Demands

Despite automakers offering record packages, including wage increases and benefits, the union’s key demands include higher pay, reduced work hours, traditional pensions, and other adjustments.

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