DETROIT (Michigan News Source) – The United Auto Workers union contract deadline officially passed at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday with no sign of a deal with General Motors, Stellantis, and Ford.
Late week, UAW President Shawn Fain identified three plants as initial strike targets and instructed workers to walk out after the deadline:
- Ford Michigan Assembly Plant, final assembly and paint only, Local 900 in Michigan
- GM Wentzville Assembly, Local 2250 in Missouri
- Stellantis Toledo Assembly Complex, Local 12 in Ohio
Fain revealed a “Stand Up Strike” strategy. That’s when the UAW strikes the Big Three at a limited number of targeted locations. Based on how the bargaining is going, Fain said they could announce more locals to stand up and strike throughout the process. He said the locals that aren’t called to strike would maintain “a constant strike readiness” as they work under an expired agreement.
There are nearly 150,000 UAW members working for the Big Three.