For the first time, workers at three major car manufacturers have gone on strike simultaneously after parties failed to reach a new labor contract.
Nearly 13,000 workers a part of the United Auto Workers union have walked out following the expiration of their previous contract on Thursday at 11:59 p.m. UAW members of the following car assembly plants are on strike:
- GM Wentzville Assembly in Wentzville, Missouri. Workers here build the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon mid-size trucks and Chevy Express and GMC Savana full-size vans.
- Stellantis Toledo Assembly Complex in Toledo, Ohio. Workers here build the Jeep Gladiator, Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Wrangler 4xe.
- Ford Michigan Assembly Plant (final assembly and paint) in Wayne, Michigan. Workers here build Ford Ranger and Ford Bronco vehicles.
In a White House Briefing broadcast live on Sept. 15, President Joe Biden remarked on the contract negotiations between the United Auto Workers and the “Big 3” auto companies. He said while no one wants a strike, he understands the workers’ frustrations.
“Record corporate profits should be shared by record contracts for the UAW,” Biden said.
He said he is dispatching Acting Labor Secretary Julie Su and White House Senior Adviser Gene Sperling to Detroit to aid in negotiations.