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UAW President Announces New Strike Targets

Sept. 29, 2023
Stellantis spared in latest worker action.

The United Autoworkers this morning expanded its ongoing strike at the Big 3 automotive manufacturers, this time targeting Ford Motor Co. and General Motors.

On Facebook Live this morning, UAW President Shawn Fain called on 7,000 workers at two plants—Ford’s Chicago assembly plant and GM’s Lansing Delta Township assembly site—to go on strike starting at noon today.

Ford’s Chicago site makes the Ford Explorer, while the Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse are produced in Lansing.

“These two plants are the next wave of reinforcements in our fight for record contracts,” Fain said. He emphasized that GM’s Lansing Regional stamping plant is not included in the new strike action.

No new strike actions targeted Stellantis. "Moments before this broadcast, Stellantis made significant progress on the 2009 cost of living allowance, the right not to cross the picket line, as well as the right to strike over product commitments and plant closures and outsourcing moratoriums. We are excited about this momentum at Stellantis and hope it continues.”

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Ford and GM have “refused to make meaningful progress at the table,” Fain said.

“To be clear, negotiations haven’t broke down. We're still talking with all three companies. And I'm still very hopeful that we can reach a deal that reflects the incredible sacrifices and contributions our members have made over the last decade,” Fain said.

This is a developing story.

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Bio: Jill Jusko is executive editor for IndustryWeek. She has been writing about manufacturing operations leadership for more than 20 years. Her coverage spotlights companies that are in pursuit of world-class results in quality, productivity, cost and other benchmarks by implementing the latest continuous improvement and lean/Six-Sigma strategies. Jill also coordinates IndustryWeek’s Best Plants Awards Program, which annually salutes the leading manufacturing facilities in North America.

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