Since the United Auto Workers (UAW) union began its targeted strike against Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis late last week, talks seemingly haven’t progressed much, save for the very public back-and-forth that’s taking place, with the union and automakers clashing over what the former refers to as “corporate greed.” Regardless, the UAW and Ford resumed discussions earlier this week – even though the union shunned any assistance from the White House – and it seems as if the two sides are still talking amid some pretty heated rhetoric, according to Reuters.
Though the sides reportedly remain far apart in terms of these ongoing negotiations less than 48 hours before UAW President Shawn Fain said the union would target a second Ford plant in its next strike action if the two sides don’t make “significant progress,” talks between union representatives and company management continue, regardless. Ford noted that it continues to try and hammer out a deal that will both reward its employees while also enabling the company to continue to invest in the future and grow.
At the moment, UAW workers have only walked out of the Michigan Assembly plant, which builds the Ford Bronco and Ford Ranger and employs around 3,300 people. The Blue Oval has since laid off 600 workers at that plant as a result of that action, noting that its operations are intricately interconnected, with the stoppage affecting multiple other areas.
While all three automakers are now offering the UAW a 20 percent pay increase, the union is reportedly seeking a recently-lowered ask of around 36 percent. Otherwise, FoMoCo is seemingly willing to meet most of the union’s demands, including the return of cost of living increases, the end of tiered pay systems, pensions for new hires, and increased pensions for retirees – but not its request for a four-day, 32-hour full time work week.