The focus is on money for the Union leaders, auto execs, investors, and autoworkers as the Detroit Three (Stellantis, General Motors, and Ford) attempt to negotiate new contracts.
But how much should workers who break their backs while building vehicles in the factory be paid? And how many millions (or billions?) do executives deserve for the jobs they do?
With record profits, the workers feel it is time they receive their fair share of the fruits of their labor. But negotiations have been slow and tedious with executives being sluggish to make counter-offers.
According to reporting by the Detroit Free Press, UAW President Shawn Fain revealed that a complaint has been filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) against Stellantis and General Motors due to those automakers’ “counterproductive”, “insulting”, and “illegal” refusal to bargain in good faith. It should be noted that both automakers deny any wrongdoing. Will Ford be the next to have a complaint filed against it with the NLRB? Only time will tell.
Despite resistance from management, the autoworkers will not be deterred. Workers of the Detroit Three have voted to strike at 11:59 p.m. on September 14 if a deal is not reached between workers and management. If that happens, workers will orderly leave their work stations and a strike will begin.
We can only imagine the devastating impact that a strike would have on our country’s economy. Hopefully, an agreement will be reached that both sides can live with and we won’t have to experience this disaster first-hand.