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Strikes vs Automakers Spread To 38 Areas In 20 States

The president of the United Auto Workers announced on Friday that the union would expand its strike against major automakers by walking out of 38 General Motors and Stellantis plants in 20 states, as reported by David Koenig for the Associated Press (AP).


UAW President Shawn Fain said that he would call on workers at more plants to strike unless there was progress in contract negotiations with carmakers. I Photo: Unite All Workers for Democracy (UAWD) X



Ford was spared from additional strikes because the company has met some of the union's demands during negotiations over the past week, said UAW President Shawn Fain.


The union is pointing to the companies' recent huge profits as it seeks wage increases of 36% over four years.



The companies have offered a little over half that amount. The UAW has other demands, including a 32-hour workweek for 40 hours of pay and a restoration of traditional pension plans for newer workers.


The companies say they can't afford to meet the union's demands because they need to invest profits in a costly transition from gas-powered cars to electric vehicles.


All the news: Business man in suit and tie smiling and reading a newspaper near the financial district.

The UAW's contract with the automakers expired at midnight on September 14, and workers walked out of a Ford assembly plant near Detroit, a GM factory in Wentzville, Missouri, and a Jeep plant run by Stellantis in Toledo, Ohio.


The initial strike has involved about 13,000 of the union's 146,000 members.


Business: Business men in suite and tie in a work meeting in the office located in the financial district.

Fain said earlier this week that he would call on workers at more plants to strike unless there was progress in contract negotiations with carmakers. Bargaining continued on Thursday, although neither side reported any breakthroughs, and they remained far apart on wage increases.




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