UAW to strike more GM, Stellantis facilities, has made progress with Ford

UAW to strike more GM, Stellantis facilities, has made progress with Ford

The United Auto Workers (UAW) announced on Friday that it will expand its strikes against General Motors (GM) and Stellantis, the parent company of Chrysler. However, the union has made significant progress in talks with Ford Motor. The strikes will now include 38 parts distribution centers across the United States, adding 5,600 workers to the 12,700 already on strike.

UAW President Shawn Fain stated in a Facebook live event that targeting distribution centers turns the strike into a nationwide event. Fain also mentioned that this decision would impact consumers trying to get repair parts and called on the companies to end price gouging.

Fain emphasized that the strikes will be widespread, from California to Massachusetts, from Oregon to Florida. He also stated that further strikes could be avoided if companies showed significant progress toward reaching an agreement.

Fain also threatened more action at Stellantis’s critical parts plants in Kokomo, Indiana, and invited President Joe Biden to visit the picket lines. Former President Donald Trump will also be in Michigan next week to address autoworkers about the strike.

Ford has improved its contract offer, including boosting profit sharing and agreeing to convert temporary employees to full-time upon ratification of a deal. Ford shares gained 3.7% following this news.

The wider strike will not immediately include plants that build highly profitable pickup trucks like GM’s Chevy Silverado and Stellantis’ Ram. The strike has become a focus of attention for Biden and Republican candidates.

The standoff between the UAW and the automakers is fueling worries about prolonged industrial action that could disrupt production and impact the supply chain. A RushHourDaily/Ipsos poll showed significant support for the striking auto workers among Americans.

The White House declined to comment on the UAW’s invitation to President Biden. The automakers have proposed 20% raises over 4-1/2 years, while the UAW is seeking 40%. The union also wants to end the tiered wage structure.

S&P predicts that the strikes are highly likely to last several weeks and could cut third-quarter U.S. gross domestic product by 0.4%. GM, Ford, and Stellantis are making contingency plans for further work stoppages.

Ford reached a last-minute deal to avoid a walkout at its Canadian operations. Unifor, which represents Canadian auto workers, had been threatening to go on strike at all three Ford plants in the country.

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