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Ford Chicago Assembly Plant Next Target In UAW Strike

It’s been two weeks since the UAW initiated a strike against Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis. Since then, the union has escalated its strike to include GM and Stellantis parts distribution centers, but opted to spare Ford due to progress made in contract talks. This week, it appears relations between Ford and the union have soured, as UAW President Shawn Fain announced on social media this morning that the Ford Chicago Assembly Plant will be shut down at 12 PM today as part of the next phase of the targeted strike.

The latest phase of the strike will involve 7,000 UAW workers walking out of Ford Chicago Assembly plant and GM’s Lansing Delta Township Assembly plant, as Fain says both companies have not satisfied the union’s demands. Stellantis is not part of this next phase since the union says the automaker has offered a new contract that represents progress in ongoing talks. This next phase means that Ford and GM will not be able to produce their three row crossovers. For the Blue Oval, Chicago is responsible for the Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator, while GM’s Lansing facility produces the Chevy Traverse and Buick Enclave.

These plants represent the fourth and fifth assembly sites to be impacted by the ongoing strike. Currently, the Ford Michigan Assembly plant, which manufactures the Ford Bronco and Ford Ranger, is shut down. GM has been unable to produce the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon with Wentzville being taken offline, and Stellantis cannot assemble the Jeep Gladiator and Wrangler since its Toledo facility was also shut down as part of the first phase of the strike. Last week, UAW workers at 38 parts distribution centers across 20 states walked out, an action that impacted GM and Stellantis, but not Ford.

It is unclear exactly where Ford stands with the UAW at this point, but given this morning’s announcement, it appears both parties are at an impasse. Relations potentially broke down earlier this week when Ford announced it had stopped construction at the Ford BlueOval Battery Park Michigan site, which Fain subsequently panned, although it is unclear if that development is a prime sticking point for the union. Ford has announced a news conference at 1PM to update the public on the status of its negotiations with the UAW.

We’ll be following today’s UAW strike developments closely, so subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford-UAW news, UAW news, and for comprehensive Ford news coverage.

Ed owns a 1986 Ford Taurus LX, and he routinely daydreams about buying another one, a fantasy that may someday become a reality.

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  1. Bob

    Sounds like Ford didn’t bend over far enough for the Goonion.

    1. Solidarity Forever

      Ford has come a long way from their initial offer. Who’s to say they can’t grab their ankles?

  2. JimL

    40% more pay for 20% less time?
    Good luck with that.

    1. Solidarity Forever


  3. wj

    The best thing Ford, GM and Stellanus…could do….is close all the plants themselves….and let it be a standoff… work period…..

    1. Solidarity Forever

      They’re too greedy to do something like that. I’d imagine once you’re used to a $20+ million annual salary, you can’t go backwards.

  4. ronarb

    Ford is now in a position to provide a Best and Final Offer and let the union membership enjoy their $ 500 a week stipend while we wait for Thanksgiving and Christmas to offer these morons a reality check on their worth to the auto industry. Let’s just take a few of the illegals walking across our borders, provide them with a few weeks of training, and we are back to full production.

    1. Solidarity Forever

      Judging your post and thought process, it isn’t the UAW members who look like a moron… just saying. 👀

  5. Steve

    Isn’t the Chicago plant used to others cleaning up the crap they roll out of there anyway? They haven’t been able to launch a quality product yet.

  6. Mf

    Honestly the Chicago plant shutting down is a godsend for Ford. Explorer is a garbage product that needs it’s redesign desperately. It’s also on a stop sale for an (apparently) unfixable camera issue.

    The UAW striking at Chicago would do them a real solid and they could maybe ride it out until the new models come out.


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