As many are well aware, Ford CEO Jim Farley is the cousin of late actor and comedian Chris Farley, who rapidly rose to fame as a cast member on Saturday Night Live. Farley went on to star in a host of movies, including Tommy Boy, Billy Madison, and Beverly Hills Ninja, to name a few. Chris Farley’s most famous skit – at least arguably – saw him playing the role of a fictional motivational speaker named Matt Foley on SNL, a clip that has inspired at least one United Auto Workers (UAW) union member picketing outside of the shuttered Chicago Assembly Plant to make a custom t-shirt during the ongoing strike, it seems.
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The member was spotted wearing a shirt that reads “hey Farley, we’re sick of living in a van down by the river!” This is an obvious reference to the aforementioned skit – which is embedded below – in which Chris Farley’s character famously tells a pair of teens that if they don’t stop doing drugs and get their lives together, they’ll be living in a van down by the river – just like Matt Foley himself.
As Ford Authority reported earlier this week, the automaker’s most recent offer to the UAW is its most generous yet, drawing the approval of union president Shawn Fain – though it isn’t apparently quite close enough to seal the deal on a new four-year contract. Ford – along with General Motors and Stellantis – is offering a 23 percent pay increase over the life of the deal, though the UAW reportedly wants a bit more at 25 percent, along with various other assurances.