With the United Auto Workers (UAW) strike against Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis hitting the one month mark, both sides have certainly made progress toward a new contract, yet remain far apart on a couple of key issues. As a result, the UAW decided to expand its strike against The Blue Oval earlier this week by walking out of the Kentucky Truck plant – which builds the the Ford Super Duty, Ford Expedition, and Lincoln Navigator following a meeting in which the automaker reportedly informed the union that it had reached the limit of what it could offer, which has since been confirmed by a Ford Blue head Kumar Galhotra. In the meantime, during the union’s weekly Friday update today, UAW President Shawn Fain revealed that the union won’t be taking additional action against The Blue Oval – at least for today.
Fain noted that the UAW will not walk out of any additional Ford plants today, nor facilities operated by General Motors or Stellantis. However, while the union previously took such action only on Fridays, Fain also stated that it could very well expand its strike on any day of the week moving forward, as it did this week by striking at the Kentucky Truck plant on Wednesday.
As Ford Authority reported earlier this week, two main sticking points remain in these ongoing discussions – increased retirement security and the inclusion of future joint-venture EV battery plants in the UAW’s master contracts with the automakers. GM has already reportedly agreed to the latter term, but thus far, Ford has shunned making such a move, instead preferring to allow employees at those plants decide for themselves if they want to be represented by the union.
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In the meantime, Ford just outlined the ripple effects of the strike at the Kentucky Truck plant this morning, which is affecting a total of 13 additional facilities. The automaker has also laid off a total of 1,920 workers as a result of the ongoing strike thus far, with more seemingly possible to follow the longer this work stoppage continues, particularly if it spreads to include additional plants moving forward.