UAW Prez Says Big 3 Strikes Will Be Targeted – Strike Rally Scheduled for Friday in Detroit

Shawn Fain speaking at his first bargaining convention as UAW President (AP)


I just got back to Pittsburgh and wanted to give yinz a quick update on what increasingly looks like a series of strikes that will happen at some locations of the Big Three automakers beginning this Thursday at midnight. 

Earlier today, UAW President Shawn Fain announced that the union would schedule a strike rally for Friday in Detroit with Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT). The rally will help the UAW rally public support as it appears “very likely” that the union will strike this week. 

In an online town hall today, UAW President Shawn Fain said that the union would engage in a series of targeted strikes at certain employers, according to HuffPost labor reporter Dave Jamieson, who attended the online town hall meeting. 

Instead of striking all Big Three at the same time, the UAW will instead target specific locals. The union said it will begin informing individual UAW locals of when they will go on strike at 10 PM on Thursday. 

“This is going to create confusion for the companies. It’s going to keep them guessing on what might happen next,” Fain told the online meeting. “We’re gonna hit where we need to hit. And where we need to hit, we’re gonna hit to move mountains.”

Payday will update more in a newsletter later tonight. We are preparing to ship out next week to cover striking locals. 

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Mike Elk
Mike Elk is an Emmy-nominated labor reporter and alumni of the Guardian. In addition to filing nearly 2,000 stories from 46 states, Elk traveled with Lula from Sáo Bernando do Campos all the way to the Oval Office in the White House. 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 works frequently in Rio de Janeiro, where he attended college at PUC-Rio. He speaks both Portuguese and Pittsburghese fluently. His email is [email protected]