A few minutes ago, UAW President Shawn Fain announced that the union would only strike at 3 non-strategic plants beginning tonite.
“Tonight, for the first time in our history, we will strike all three of the Big Three at once,” UAW President Shawn Fain said in a statement.
Fain pledged that if the companies didn’t move in bargaining that the union could strike at more plants.
Instead of striking at strategic parts markers that could force multiple plants to shut down, the UAW decided to strike at three plants that make some of the least popular cars in each of the Big Three chain. The plants include Toledo’s Stellantis Jeep Wrangler final assembly plant, Ford Michigan Assembly, which makes Broncos and Rangers, and GM’s Wentzville, Missouri plant, which makes vans and second-tier trucks.
With the union striking plants of little strategic significance to begin, its unclear if the UAW will move to strike at more strategic plants that make auto parts used by multiple plants.
Its unclear why the UAW decided to not target more strategic plants. The Biden Administration has applied enormous pressure to both the union and the automakers to settle the deal.
Payday will have more details and reactions in the morning.