UAW to Only Strike at 3 Non-Strategic Plants to Begin

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

Folks, 

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. 

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Melk

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Mike Elk
Mike Elk is an Emmy-nominated labor reporter and alumni of the Guardian. In addition to filing over 1,800 stories from 46 states, 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 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]