Due to the lack of agreement with General Motors and Stellantis, workers of the Unite Auto Workers (UAW) union decided to extend the duration of the strike and expand its impact to an additional 38 points in 20 states. Following this increase in protests, President Joe Biden expressed his support for the strikers and promised to accompany union members to Michigan next Tuesday, September 26th.
The strike by workers from the “Big Three” US auto sector expanded this Friday at General Motors and Stellantis. More than 5,000 members of the United Auto Workers (UAW) union walked out of 38 distribution and parts centers in these two industries to join the strike that began last week.
In this context, President Joe Biden announced his participation in the workers’ strike, to which he was invited by Shawn Fain, President of the UAW.
“On Tuesday, I will go to Michigan to join the strike line and stand in solidarity with the men and women of the UAW who are fighting to get their fair share of the value they have created,” Biden wrote on X (formerly Twitter) on Friday night. “It’s time to reach a win-win agreement that ensures American auto manufacturing thrives with good-paying jobs.”
Former Republican President Donald Trump also plans to visit the area on Wednesday and seek support from working-class voters.
In announcing the strike’s expansion, Fain said the movement now covers 20 states and factories owned by General Motors and Stellantis, with which negotiations have stalled. Ford workers ended the strike because they had been given important concessions since the protest began a week ago.
For his part, Fain said Ford had made improvements over previous proposals by reintroducing a cost-of-living measure suspended in 2009. The company also offered to improve the profit-sharing system.
“We’re not done at Ford yet,” the union leader added. However, “we recognize that Ford is serious about reaching an agreement.” (…) The story is different for GM and Stellantis.”
The week-long strike has so far had a limited impact on companies’ profits, as the three plants where the strike began produced midsize trucks, which were profitable but not the largest sources of revenue.
Analysts believe that depending on negotiations, the UAW plans to expand the strike to include the most profitable plants.