UAW to Strike More Locations on Friday – Trump to Visit Striking UAW Members – Canadian Ford Workers Poised to Strike

The number of workers who went on strike in the US in 2023 more than doubled (UAW)

Folks, 

Greetings from the Burgh, where I have spent the day at the UE Convention. 

UAW Will Escalate Strike on Friday 

Today, UAW President Shawn Fain announced that more UAW locals will join the strike if progress isn’t made at the bargaining table by this Friday at noon. 

“If we don’t make serious progress by noon on Friday, September 22nd, more locals will be called on to Stand Up and join the strike,” said Fain in a statement. “That will mark more than a week since our first members walked out. And that will mark more than a week of the Big Three failing to make progress in negotiations toward reaching a deal that does right by our members.”

For more, check out the Detroit News. 

Canadian Ford Workers May Walkout

Over the weekend, the UAW reported “productive” conversations with Ford. 

Now, autoworkers in Canada, members of Unifor, have extended their strike deadline against Ford. Members of Unifor say that they are in close contact with the UAW and will continue negotiating with Ford in Canada. 

“Unifor is extending negotiations with Ford Motor Company for a 24-hour period,” the union said in a statement Tuesday. “The union received a substantive offer from the employer minutes before the deadline.”

For more, check out CNN.

Trump to Rally with Striking Autoworkers

Finally, Donald Trump is expected to rally with striking autoworkers this weekend in Detroit. From the New York Times: 

So instead of attending the next G.O.P. debate — on Sept. 27 in California at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum — Mr. Trump intends to speak to over 500 workers, with his campaign planning to fill the room with plumbers, pipe-fitters, electricians, as well as autoworkers, according to one of the Trump advisers familiar with the planning. Mr. Trump has not directly addressed the wage demands of striking workers and has attacked the union leadership, but he has tried to more broadly cast himself on the side of autoworkers.

For more, check out the New York Times. 

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Melk

About the Author

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]