September 30, 2023


Technology/Tech News – Get all the latest news on Technology, Gadgets with reviews, prices, features, highlights and specificatio

United Auto Workers strike: Live updates

8:37 a.m. ET, September 16, 2023

Just catching the UAW strike? Here’s what you need to know

By CNN’s Chris Isidore, Vanessa Jurkiewicz and Elizabeth Buchwald

Striking auto worker Diana Osborne holds a strike sign outside the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan, US on September 15, 2023.

Rebecca Cook/Reuters

We’ve run out of time Avoid strike In unionized automakers in America.

United Auto Workers The contracts expired at 11:59 PM ET Thursday. The contracts covered 145,000 UAW members at the three companies: General Motors, Ford and Stellantis, which build vehicles under the Jeep, Ram, Dodge and Chrysler brands for North America.

With no agreement reached on expiring the contract, the union said it had done so Targeted strikes began For three facilities – one in each company.

Here’s what to know now that the strike has begun:

Where did the workers get off the job?

UAW President Sean Fein Announce That workers at the General Motors plant in Wentzville, Missouri; The Stellantis plant in Toledo, Ohio; It will hit the Ford plant in Wayne, Michigan. Workers walked off the job there and staged a sit-in outside the factories on Friday morning.

It may not take much for all companies to virtually shut down production. They operate a complex network of factories that rely on sourcing parts from different facilities.

Slowing or stopping production of a few engine or transmission plants at each company can be effective in this Stop operations As a complete strike in all factories, according to industry experts.

Key numbers that motivate UAW members:

$32.32: Hourly wages for most UAW members at GM, Ford, and Stellantis

$18: Starting wage for a UAW worker

$15: Starting wage for temporary workers

These wages are not adjusted for inflation, which has risen significantly over the past two years.

Will automakers negotiate?

Based on their latest reports, Ford and GM are now offering a 20% raise over the life of the contract, and Stellantis is offering a 17.5% raise. The union began by demanding an immediate 20% bonus, and four additional increases of 5% each over the course of a four-year deal.

General Motors CEO Mary Barra He sent a letter to employees on Thursday saying the company’s latest offer now included a 20% raise, with an immediate 10% salary increase. Low-wage temporary employees will receive $20 per hour, which represents a 20% increase from the current $16.67 they receive.

Ford CEO Jim Farley He told CNN that Ford’s offer of a 20% raise over the life of the contract is the most lucrative offer the company has made to the union in the 80 years it has been there. But he said meeting the union’s demands for a nearly 40% raise, along with a four-day work week and other benefits improvements, would be unsustainable.

Farley blamed the union for the lack of progress in negotiations. But the union blamed companies for waiting until the end of August or early September to submit their first counter-offers.

Anger mounts with Stellantis:

Stellantis makes greater use of low-wage temporary workers than other automakers. Eliminating or at least limiting the use of temporary workers is a major issue for the union.

And there’s still more anger toward Stellantis after the company’s former executives were caught offering bribes to former union officials, says Art Wheaton, director of labor studies at Cornell University’s College of Industrial and Labor Relations in Buffalo.

Many members angry about the corruption scandal that sent two recent UAW presidents to prison are also angry with Stellantis.

See also  Stock futures are rising slightly after the second consecutive negative session