Production Pulse: UAW Negotiations Update

Sept. 28, 2023
UAW Region 2B Director David Green and Syracuse University Professor Lynne Vincent discussed the two-week old strike against Ford, GM and Stellantis and how that fits into the larger labor movement.

The United Auto Workers has been on strike against General Motors, Ford and Stellantis for about two weeks, taking down three manufacturing plants and 38 parts distribution centers. UAW President Shawn Fain plans to address the union's membership tomorrow, either to announce progress toward a new four-year deal or to escalate the strike by taking down more manufacturing plants.

Joining IndustryWeek to discuss the topic were Dave Green, director of UAW Region 2B covering Ohio and Indiana, and Lynne Vincent, a management professor who studies labor relations and other organizational issues at Syracuse University's Whitman School of Management.

Speakers discussed how the union needs a big win here, not just to show its current members that it can deliver big economic gains after two decades of concessionary deals, but to show workers at Telsa, Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Hyundai and Kia that joining a union could deliver better wages and benefits to them as well. 

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