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UAW Launches Historic Strike Against All Big 3 Automakers

UAW Launches Historic Strike Against All Big 3 Automakers
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The UAW has dubbed the strike the "Stand Up Strike."

The United Auto Workers launched a historic strike late Thursday night, targeting all three of Detroit's big automakers at once.

Union members at assembly plants in Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio went on strike after their labor contracts expired at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday. The UAW has dubbed the strike the "Stand Up Strike," which targets plants of the area's three largest automakers; Ford Motor Co., General Motors, and Stellantis.

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Union leaders plan to target different plants with picket lines on different days, a tactic UAW President Shawn Fain said will 'keep the companies guessing."

'It will give our national negotiators maximum leverage and flexibility in bargaining. And if we need to go all out, we will. Everything is on the table," he explained in a late-night livestream on Facebook Live. “No matter what, all of us need to keep organizing: Rallies, protests, red shirt days. We must show the companies you are ready to join and stand up and fight on a moment’s notice.”

The UAW is asking for a wage increase of 46 percent over the next four to five years in compensation for years of stagnant wages and record company profits. As assembly line workers are difficult to replace, a strike could deal a large blow to the automotive industry.
President Joe Biden is expected to address the strikes in an address later today. Fain said earlier this week that a strike would demonstrate to Biden and the rest of congress that they must “pick a side” in regards to workers rights and unionization.

“I think our strike can reaffirm to [Biden] of where the working-class people in this country stand, and it’s time for politicians in this country to pick a side,” he said during “Last Call” with Brian Sullivan on Wednesday. “Either you stand for a billionaire class where everybody else gets left behind, or you stand for the working class, the working-class people vote.”

The UAW endorsed Biden during the 2020 presidential election, but has not since revealed who they are backing for the 2024 race. Fain said that the union stands by withholding the endorsement for the time being.

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