If the UAW doesn’t reach a tentative deal with any of the Detroit Three Automakers (Stellantis, General Motors, and Ford) by Thursday, September 14 at 11:59 p.m., the Union is prepared to strike.
According to reporting by CNN, the Union has ambitions goals such as a pay increase of 40% over the four-year contract term, a return of the traditional pension plan for workers, as well as limits on part-time workers and mandatory overtime. As the Union sees it, these are all things that would ensure that the workers get their fair share of the fruits of their labor.
But when it comes to the UAW and the Detroit Three making a deal, UAW President Shawn Fain says, “We have a long way to go and a short time to get there.”
Fain has made it clear numerous times that the Union is willing and prepared to strike any or all of the Detroit Three if no agreement is reached by the September 14, 11:59 p.m. deadline. This would mean a simultaneous strike against all three companies impacting not only the workers, but suppliers, and the economy as a whole.
In contrast to the statement of the UAW President, President Joe Biden said while at a recent Labor Day event that he wasn’t worried about a strike until it actually occurred and that he didn’t think it was going to happen.
A lot is at stake. We will all be affected by this strike. Who do you think is right and what do you think will happen? We’ll find out next week.