UAW Escalates Strike Action Against Ford & GM, but Spares Stellantis – 25,000 Autoworkers Now on Strike

GM workers in Lansing walk out as autoworkers strike grows to 25,000 out of 146,000 autoworkers. (Katy Kildee, The Detroit News)

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UAW Escalates Strike Action Against Ford & GM, but Spares Stellantis 

Today, the UAW announced they decided to escalate strike action at GM and Ford but not at Stellantis. 

The union will walk out at Ford Assembly Chicago and Lansing Delta, growing the strike from 17,000 autoworkers to 25,000 out of 146,000 potential autoworkers at the Big Three. 

UAW President Shawn Fain told Automotive News that the union would escalate strike action at Stellantis. Still, at 10 A.M., the UAW received an updated counter proposal from Stellantis. The union, then, decided not to escalate strike action against Stellantis this week. 

“We are excited about this momentum at Stellantis and hope it continues,” Fain told reporters. 

Last week, UAW President Shawn Fain publicly declined to escalate against Ford, citing that the company was progressing. However, this Friday, Fain blasted Ford. 

“We gave Ford a comprehensive proposal on Monday and still haven’t heard back,” Fain told reporters. 

For more, check out Dave Jamieson at HuffPost. 

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Mike Elk
Mike Elk is an Emmy-nominated labor reporter and alumni of the Guardian. A native of Pittsburgh, Elk grew up in a UE union family. Elk was the only American reporter in the room with Lula on the morning of the election & traveled with him to the Oval Office. Credited by the Washington Post for being the first reporter to track the strike wave systematically, Elk started Payday Report using his NLRB settlement from being illegally fired for union organizing in 2015. He lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh and attended journalism school at PUC-Rio de Janeiro. He speaks both Portuguese and Pittsburgh fluently. His email is [email protected]