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UAW Strike Officially Begins As Deadline Passes With No Deal

For weeks now, the United Auto Workers (UAW) union has remained in heated negotiations with Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis as the two sides have attempted to come to an agreement on a new contract before Thursday night’s 11:59 pm deadline. However, with new UAW President Shawn Fain at the helm, these discussions have proven to be tough sledding for the Detroit Big Three automakers, though multiple counteroffers have been submitted by each side. Ford has sent a total of four offers to the union, the latest of which is one that CEO Jim Farley called its “most generous offer in 80 years.” However, the two sides remained far apart in these proposals heading into last night’s deadline, and now, it has passed with no agreement – meaning that the UAW is officially on strike.

United Auto Workers UAW Strike Ford Michigan Assembly Plant

However, as expected, the union didn’t instruct all 146,000 of its represented workers to walk out – but rather, it’s using a targeted approach, choosing one plant from each automaker to take action against, according to the Associated Press. For Ford, that facility is the Michigan Assembly plant, which builds the Ford Bronco and Ford Ranger and employs around 3,300 people. However, Fain didn’t rule out striking at additional plants, depending on how talks progress from here. Ford previously said that it could use salaried labor in its plants if a strike did happen, but the Teamsters announced yesterday that they would not be helping to transport those vehicles.

This marks the very first time in the UAW’s 88-year history that it has walked out on all three Detroit automakers at the same time, and at this point, it’s entirely unclear how long the strike might last. Ford’s most recent proposal to the union offered it a 20 percent pay increase, which is still pretty far off from the UAW’s recently-lowered ask of 36 percent. Otherwise, FoMoCo has seemingly met 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 the union’s request for a four-day, 32-hour full time work week.

In a release, Ford noted that it just received its “first substantive counterproposal” from the UAW hours before last night’s deadline, but noted that the two sides remain far apart. “Unfortunately, the UAW’s counterproposal tonight showed little movement from the union’s initial demands submitted August 3rd. If implemented, the proposal would more than double Ford’s current UAW-related labor costs, which are already significantly higher than the labor costs of Tesla, Toyota, and other foreign-owned automakers in the United States that utilize non-union-represented labor,” the automaker stated.

We’ll have more on the UAW strike soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for 24/7 Ford news coverage.

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  1. Mr UAW

    Solidarity forever! Hold the line!

    1. Johnny

      Hold the line and starve Mexico is wanting on ford to move there operation soon more power to the Mexican people to hell with all unions that have already drove America in the ground

  2. Bob

    Fain has already “pussed out” by not striking at all the plants.
    Big mouth, small actions. lol

    1. Emanon

      They are “boiling the frog”…gradually turn up the heat until Ford really starts to feel the pain and has no choice but to concede. It’s a tactical choice, not a sign of being “weak”.

    2. Mr UAW

      Hi Bob!

  3. 19natejlm

    UAW, what a bunch of greedy buggers, you all make more than the average small business owner without all the hassle and you aren’t happy with it. You are trying to drive auto manufacturing out of the US. If you get what you want you drive the price of cars up for the rest of us. I hope there is a way the auto makers can reduce there quantity of UAW workers to bring things under control.

    1. Mr UAW

      Wrong on so many points. How does a new employee making $17 an hour make more than a small business owner? Sounds like those business owners should just close up shop if all they make in a year is around $40k. We aren’t taking business out of the USA. The Big 3 is already furious about the strikes so you’re telling me that you think they can just close up shop and build brand new facilities elsewhere while we strike? They aren’t going anywhere.

      1. Mrx19

        Not in the short term, but eventually it will happen, especially as EV’s ramp up and only 50 percent of your work force is required to screw them together. Think of the bright side, Micky D’s will soon be paying $15/hr

  4. Outlook214

    Someone installing panels or parts should not make more than a teacher, police officer etc. Work 32 hours and get paid for 40? Wow!! I have a simple solution for Ford. Two words as our POTUS would say, “Made in Mexico” ;-). Where the workers would appreciate having a good job and work harder than the union thugs we have building terrible products.

    1. Mr UAW

      Or maybe everyone in every profession should get paid more since the billionaire class is out of control these days. I strongly suggest that you lose the old school mindset because people like you don’t realize that you’re getting left behind. Also, just making an observation, “made in Mexico” is three words and not two…

  5. Tim

    I say get rid of all UAW members and hire folks that will be glad to work. You took the job at the current situation, be happy or move to another job. It is time to end all Unions!!

    1. Mr UAW

      Ford can’t even keep the people they have coming to work. Nobody is taking our jobs lol. Solidarity forever! Unions are stronger each and every day! It’s a beautiful thing.

  6. Bruce Holberg

    There was a time when workers were abused by big business and made barely enough to get by. This isn’t it.
    UAW, if you want to push automakers into bankruptcy and/or producing even more units offshore and automating more jobs, just keep pushing. If they accept your insane demands they will need to boost vehicle prices so high that sales plummet, and companies end up at the same place.
    Look through the right end of the telescope for a change. “I want more” is not a reason to give it to you.

  7. Mike

    I have a Ranger ordered that is scheduled to be built in October. Each strike day puts off my delivery by a day. I need a truck as I only have a motorcycle. If the strike goes beyond a week you’ve lost me as a customer. I will go buy a Toyota!


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