UAW Commences Strike Against Big 3 U.S. Automakers
The United Auto Workers (UAW) union has initiated a ‘stand-up’ strike against the Big 3 U.S. automakers – General Motors, Ford, and Stellantis. The strike commenced early on Friday morning following the inability of the UAW and the automakers to reach a contract agreement before the union-set deadline on Thursday at 11:59 p.m. ET.
- Strike type: ‘Stand-up’ strike where not all union members strike at once.
- Union president: Shawn Fain.
- Companies involved: General Motors, Ford, and Stellantis.
|Union Involved||United Auto Workers (UAW)|
|Number of Strikers||Approximately 12,700|
|Locations Affected||GM in Wentzville, Missouri; Stellantis in Toledo, Ohio; Ford in Wayne, Michigan|
UAW president Shawn Fain announced the plants where the strikes would occur less than two hours before the deadline. By midnight on Friday, around 12,700 union workers had begun striking at various locations including GM in Wentzville, Missouri; Stellantis in Toledo, Ohio; and Ford’s plant in Wayne, Michigan. The union is employing a ‘stand-up’ strike strategy, meaning not all union members are striking at once.
Following the initiation of the strike, Fain communicated with the UAW email list, marking the beginning of the ‘Stand Up Strike’. He emphasized that this strike represents a defining moment for the current generation, not just for the Big Three but for the entire working class. Fain encouraged members to stand up for themselves, their families, and their communities.
|‘Stand-Up’ Strike Defined|
|A ‘stand-up’ strike is a strategy where not all union members strike at once, allowing for a sustained protest over a longer period. This strategy can be more flexible and adaptive to the changing circumstances of a strike. Learn more about strike strategies on Wikipedia.|
The ‘stand-up’ strike initiated by the UAW against the Big 3 U.S. automakers marks a significant moment in the labor movement. It reflects the heightened tensions and the urgent call for better terms and conditions for the workers. As the strike unfolds, it remains to be seen how the automakers respond and what resolutions will be reached to address the concerns of the workers.