UAW and automakers GM, Ford and Stellantis try to reach deal before strike widens

UAW and automakers GM, Ford and Stellantis try to reach deal before strike widens

The strike against the Detroit Three automakers, led by the United Auto Workers (UAW) and Chrysler-parent Stellantis, is entering its fourth day. Bargaining talks between the UAW and Stellantis are set to resume on Monday morning. Over the weekend, union negotiators and representatives of General Motors (GM.N), Ford (F.N), and Stellantis (STLAM.MI) held talks in an effort to end the strike, which is one of the most significant labor actions in the U.S. in decades. This coordinated strike is the first time the union has struck at all three automakers simultaneously. Despite a decline in union membership, approval of labor unions among Americans is at its highest point in decades.

The strike involves approximately 12,700 UAW workers who are targeting three U.S. assembly plants, one at each of the Detroit Three, after the expiration of the previous four-year labor agreements. Analysts and industry executives speculate on whether the UAW will expand the strike to additional plants to increase pressure on the automakers. UAW President Shawn Fain stated that there were minimal conversations over the weekend, and the ball is now in the automakers’ court. He emphasized that there is still a long way to go and that the UAW is prepared to take further action if necessary.

The strike has resulted in the halt of production at plants in Michigan, Ohio, and Missouri, affecting the production of popular models such as the Ford Bronco, Jeep Wrangler, and Chevrolet Colorado. Several prominent lawmakers, including House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries, have shown support for the UAW by visiting picket lines. Analysts predict that if the strike continues, plants that produce more profitable pickup trucks like Ford’s F-150, GM’s Chevy Silverado, and Stellantis’s Ram could be the next targets.

The strike’s impact is not limited to the automakers. BlueScope Steel, an Australian steelmaker, has seen its shares slip to a three-month low due to the strike’s effect on its North American business. The UAW’s demands include not only higher wages but also shorter work weeks, the restoration of defined benefit pensions, and stronger job security as automakers transition to electric vehicles.

The proposed deals from the automakers include 20% raises over a four-and-a-half-year term, which falls short of the UAW’s demand for a 36% raise through 2027. The UAW is also seeking other improvements, such as shorter work weeks and better job security. The negotiations are crucial as automakers navigate the shift to electric vehicles.

In conclusion, the strike against the Detroit Three automakers continues as bargaining talks resume. The coordinated strike by the UAW, targeting three assembly plants, has garnered support from lawmakers and halted production at several plants. The UAW’s demands include higher wages, shorter work weeks, and stronger job security. The negotiations are significant as automakers face the challenges of transitioning to electric vehicles.

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