On Thursday night, union members and automakers were unable to come to an agreement, leading thousands of UAW employees and members to go on strike at three automakers.
After both the union and the automakers were unable to come to an agreement on a new labor agreement Thursday night, thousands of United Auto Workers (UAW) employees in the United States went on strike at three auto manufacturing companies; General Motors, Ford Motor, and Stellantis.
These factories are located in Wentzville, Missouri, for GM's midsize truck and full-size van production; Wayne, Michigan, for Ford's Ranger midsize pickup and Bronco SUV production; and Toledo, Ohio, for Stellantis' Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator production. Only those employed in paint and final assembly at Ford, according to UAW President Shawn Fain, will go on strike.
For the manufacturers, the chosen plants create very lucrative, still-in-demand vehicles. The union estimated that 12,700 workers across the three plants—5,800 at Stellantis, 3,600 at GM, and 3,300 at Ford—will be on strike. About 146,000 employees from Ford, GM, and Stellantis are represented by the UAW.
The union chose the plants as part of specific strike plans that Fain, who had unexpectedly been discussing with each of the automakers at one time and has been reluctant to yield much on the union's demands, initially stated Wednesday night.
The union has put forth several key proposals, including a reduction in the workweek to 32 hours, a return to traditional pensions, the elimination of pay tiers, the restoration of cost-of-living adjustments (COLA), as well as improved retiree benefits and improved vacation and family leave benefits.