Earlier today, the United Auto Workers (UAW) outlined the most recent contract proposals it has received from Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis, revealing that The Blue Oval remains in solid shape compared to its rivals – though there are still gaps to fill before the two sides can reach a new deal. It’s been roughly two weeks since the union walked out of Ford’s Kentucky Truck Plant, in fact, as the UAW thus far hasn’t taken additional action against FoMoCo even though it has buried its proverbial heels in this ongoing battle. The same cannot be said for its rivals, however, as the union walked out of Stellantis’ Sterling Heights Assembly Plant – which builds the Ram 1500 – just yesterday, and now, the union has announced that it is also officially on strike at GM’s Arlington Assembly Plant, too.
This latest walk out involves 5,000 workers at the Arlington Assembly Plant, which is GM’s most profitable and largest such facility, according to the UAW – and it produces the Chevy Tahoe, Chevy Suburban, GMC Yukon and Cadillac Escalade. This action also comes a few hours after GM reported third-quarter earnings of $3.5 billion.
“Another record quarter, another record year. As we’ve said for months: record profits equal record contracts.” said UAW President Shawn Fain. “It’s time GM workers, and the whole working class, get their fair share.”
As the union noted following this walk out, GM’s latest offer lags behind Ford by a relatively large margin. The Blue Oval’s cross-town rival is currently offering a two-tier wage progression, the weakest 401(k) contribution proposal among the Detroit Big Three, as well as lesser COLA (cost of living allowance) offer, which is what prompted the union to expand its strike against the automaker this week.