UAW Strikes Escalate Across GM, Stellantis Facilities Nationwide: Ford Not Involved

Zinger Key Points
  • United Auto Workers union intensifies strikes at 38 locations across 20 states, primarily targeting General Motors and Stellantis.
  • Additional strikes at Ford are not expected as negotiations progress, particularly on wage tiers and profit-sharing, says UAW president.

The United Auto Workers announced an expansion of strikes at 38 locations across 20 states Friday. These strikes are predominantly focused on parts and distribution facilities for General Motors Co GM and Stellantis NV STLA, according to UAW President Shawn Fain.

Additional strikes at Ford Motor Company F are not anticipated as the carmaker demonstrates what the UAW said is a “serious” commitment towards reaching a deal with the union, Fain said, as reported by CNBC.

Despite progress in negotiations with Ford, including on wage tiers and profit-sharing, Fain said the situation with GM and Stellantis remains unresolved.

The ongoing strikes at GM and Stellantis will bring an additional 5,600 auto workers, including approximately 3,500 GM employees, into the fold of UAW’s crusade against the Detroit automakers.

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The new work stoppages could potentially disrupt dealers, leading to delays in customer repairs that are already exacerbated by supply chain issues. The strikes could notably impact the companies’ repair operations, Fain said.

Despite automakers making contract offers that include substantial benefits such as nearly 20% hourly wage increases, the union remains adamant in its demand for further contract improvements.

These additional requests encompass a significant 40% hourly pay raise and the reinstatement of traditional pension plans.

Auto Industry Under Pressure As UAW Strikes Spread Across The Country; Ford Outperforms

The ongoing strikes have a widespread impact, affecting 18 GM plants across 13 states and 20 Stellantis facilities in 14 states.

Fain has said Friday’s strike expansion will extend their campaign nationwide.

Shares of Ford Motor were 2.6% higher on midday Friday trading in New York, outperforming against peers. Stellantis was 0.5% higher, while General Motors edged 0.1% lower.

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