About 25,000 UAW members at Big Three facilities around the country are on strike Monday morning. Thousands of union members at GM and Ford facilities joined the strike Friday.
Stellantis says it made a record offer supporting job security with a 21.4 percent compounded wage increase and $1 billion in retirement security benefits, But union leaders we talked with say there’s still a major disconnect.
The UAW could strike at midnight on Friday, Sept. 15 if a deal isn't reached with Detroit's Big Three automakers - Ford, Stellantis, and General Motors.
General Motors and Stellantis slammed the UAW's decision to strike against more plants Friday, calling it unnecessary and refuting what the union said about the automakers' offers.
The UAW strike could last for several months, based on the strategy that union president Shawn Fain has implemented -- which could spell major problems for Detroit's Big Three.
Negotiations between the union and Stellantis have not made progress, prompting workers to walk off the job at dozens of plants that feed automaker's plants.
UAW President Shawn Fain set noon Friday as a deadline for that progress with Ford, Stellantis, and General Motors or more workers will join the picket line. He's expected to announce the next striking plants at 10 a.m.
The UAW called on all General Motors and Stellantis parts distribution facilities to join the strike Friday. Union President Shawn Fain said this is a result of both automakers rejecting union proposals and offering deficient cost of living adjustments.
On Friday, the autoworkers union president greatly expanded the scope of its strike against General Motors and Stellantis after it said negotiations with the two automakers had not seen serious progress.
After General Motors and Stellantis failed to make sufficient progress with the UAW, the union called on all the automakers' parts distribution facilities to strike. This includes 38 facilities across 20 states.
“If the strike were to ramp up, affect all three companies, company-wide then it could result in the loss of 150,000 jobs," said Marick Masters. "A four-week strike in Michigan and it could be hundreds of thousands across the country."
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Both General Motors and Stellantis announced layoffs Wednesday as UAW members continue to walk the picket line at three facilities. These layoffs come as the strike nears the one-week mark with more employees potentially joining the picket line.
"I want them to do the right thing," said Michelle Gillis. "I want a good, working living wage. I’m a single mom and I should be able to look at my son and say, 'Hey let’s go out tonight, you know? You wanna go camping this weekend?' Right now, I can't."
Stellantis has issued another offer to the UAW on day six of the United Auto Workers union – and it comes on the same day they warned that layoffs are coming in plants in Ohio and Indiana.
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The shockwaves from the UAW strike are continuing to worsen as more employees are expected to be temporarily laid off at Stellantis plants in Ohio and Indiana.
The Big Three is running out of time to make progress with the UAW before the union calls for more people to strike.
More UAW members could join the union's strike against Big Three automakers later this week.
The UAW is on strike while demanding pay increases, protection from inflation, and more. Here's what Detroit's Big Three have offered to the union, so far.