Rudy Umans/
Mack Trucks Shiny Red Semi Rudy Umans Dreamstime

UAW Strike Update—A New Strike at Mack Trucks, But No New Detroit 3 Sites

Oct. 9, 2023
According to UAW President Fain, GM has “leapfrogged” the other members of the Detroit 3 in negotiation progress.

In his latest Facebook live address to the public, UAW President Shawn Fain announced that there would be no new locations on strike this week, thanks to progress made in Ford and Stellantis negotiations and a last-minute concession by General Motors. In a move Fain said “leapfrogged” progress with the other two companies, General Motors delivered an agreement in writing that its electric-vehicle battery plants would be represented by its master agreement with the UAW.

Independently, on Monday, about 4,000 UAW members at Mack Trucks locations in three states walked out after voting down a tentative agreement by 73%.

The Friday address on the Detroit 3 strikes, scheduled to begin at 2 o’clock, began about fifteen minutes late. In his remarks, Fain implied that the battery agreement had only come through in the last minute—and that, before it had, he was prepared to announce a shutdown of General Motors’ Arlington, Texas factory.

“If it wasn’t clear already, things move fast,” Fain said on Facebook. “It’s hard to give an update that won’t be obsolete by the time the update’s done.”

More UAW negotiations coverage:

From our partner Endeavor Business Media Sites

Plastics Machinery & Manufacturing

Vehicle Service Pros

Supply Chain Connect

With no new strike locations to announce, Fain focused on the progress he said has already been made during negotiations. Ford, he said, was now offering 23% wage increases, ahead of General Motors and Stellantis, both offering “about 20%.”

On cost-of-living-adjustments, Fain said Stellantis N.V. and Ford had both agreed to return to the 2007-standard formula and said General Motors “is not far behind.”

Then, on Monday, October 9, UAW-represented workers at Mack Truck locations in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Florida walked out after rejecting a tentative agreement reached October 1. According to the UAW, the October 1 tentative agreement was made with “just minutes” before the deadline.

In a statement from the union Monday, Fain said he was “inspired to see UAW members at Mack Trucks holding out for a better deal.”

President Stephen Roy of Mack said in a statement his company was “surprised and disappointed that the UAW has chosen to strike, which we feel is unnecessary.” Roy pointed out that the tentative agreement had been endorsed not only by the UAW Mack Truck Council, but also the International UAW.

Between the UAW workers currently engaging in a partial strike at General Motors, Ford, and Stellantis locations across the U.S. and now the striking Mack Truck workers, the UAW now has over 30,000 members striking across 22 states.

Popular Sponsored Recommendations

How to Build Zero-Cost On-Site Solar and Storage Projects

Nov. 25, 2023
The Inflation Reduction Act offers tax credits, incentives, and financing that enable no-cost projects. In Enel’s eBook, discover the critical role that incentives play in your...

3D Printing a More Efficient Factory Floor

Nov. 16, 2023
Today’s additive manufacturing platforms make it simple to print a wide range of high-performing industrial parts as soon as possible and right where you need them — unlocking...

Disruptive EV Technologies Are Driving New Supplier Realities

Sept. 20, 2023
Vehicle electrification is upending the automotive landscape, forcing suppliers to make critical strategic and operational decisions. Understand what that means for you in our...

Process Mining For Dummies

Nov. 19, 2023
Here it is. Everything you need to know about process mining in a single book, written in the easy-to-understand, hard-to-forget style that ‘For Dummies’ manages so effortlessly...

Voice your opinion!

To join the conversation, and become an exclusive member of IndustryWeek, create an account today!