Saturday, September 30, 2023

Negotiations between UAW and automakers continue despite strikes

Negotiations between the United Auto Workers (UAW) union and three major automakers – Ford, GM and Stellantis – have entered their third day as industrial workers await a resolution to their demands. As the strike continues, UAW members like Jennifer Devers express their commitment and determination to fight for better wages and working conditions.

One of the main issues at the center of the conflict is the wage increase. The UAW is demanding a raise of more than 40% over the next four years, although the union has lowered that demand to 36%. Other demands include converting all temporary workers to permanent positions, cost-of-living adjustments, increasing pension benefits for current retirees, a 32-hour week with 40-hour pay and restoring pensions for new hires.

The strike has already affected numerous factories across the country, with around 13,000 workers stopping vehicle production. Experts believe the economic impact of the strike could reach billions of dollars. Consumers looking to purchase vehicles from Ford, GM or Stellantis may face difficulties due to the strike, particularly if popular models such as Jeeps, GM pickups and Ford Broncos are affected.

The UAW hopes to gain more support for its demands and expresses the need for national support. As negotiations continue, the strike continues to disrupt operations at the three major automakers. The UAW’s strategy typically involves targeting one of the companies first, with a potential deal setting the pattern for the other two.

Both President Biden and former President Trump have expressed their opinions on the issue. President Biden has declared his pro-union stance, while former President Trump urged workers to prioritize eliminating electric vehicle (EV) regulations in negotiations. However, Devers notes that discussions about electric vehicles were not part of the current negotiations and emphasizes the common struggle and suffering of all workers involved in the strike.

– UAW: United Auto Workers, a union of auto workers in the United States.
– Ford: an American automobile manufacturer.
– GM: General Motors, an American automobile manufacturer.
– Stellantis: a multinational automobile manufacturer formed from the merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and the PSA Group.
– Jeeps: a brand of off-road vehicles manufactured by Stellantis.
– Broncos: a line of sport utility vehicles (SUVs) manufactured by Ford.

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