Barring some miraculous turnaround, tomorrow will mark one month since the United Auto Workers (UAW) began its targeted strike against Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis. Just yesterday, the union expanded its strike against Ford, in particular, by walking out of the Kentucky Truck plant, a move that reportedly stems from The Blue Oval’s refusal to increase its economics-related offer to the UAW. While the two sides work to hammer out a deal, a recent poll conducted by Reuters found that 58 percent of Americans support the UAW strike, versus 32 percent who oppose it and 10 percent that indicated they were unsure which side to support. Now, The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research has conducted its own poll on this matter, which produced similar results, according to the Associated Press.
This new poll found that 36 percent of Americans sympathize with union workers, versus just six percent who side with automakers, while 26 percent support both equally and 27 percent support neither side. A total of 51 percent of those polled said that they believe labor unions help workers, versus 15 percent who say they hurt the working class, while 33 percent believe unions help the economy versus 22 percent that believe they hurt it. Additionally, 60 percent said that they think better pay for auto workers would be a good thing.
This latest poll was conducted using responses from 1,163 adults gathered earlier this month, using a sample drawn from NORC’s probability-based AmeriSpeak Panel, which is designed to represent the overall U.S. population. The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 3.9 percentage points
As Ford Authority reported yesterday, FoMoCo and the UAW remain at an impasse on two topics, in particular – the union’s desire to restore the same retirement security that was previously provided by pre-2007 defined benefit pension plans, as well as include joint-venture EV battery plants in the union’s master contracts with automakers, which is something that GM reportedly agreed to do last week to avoid a strike at its Arlington, Texas plant – though thus far, Ford has been reluctant to follow suit.