Detroit Evening Report: UAW President Shawn Fain threatens more work stoppages, sets new deadline

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A person holds up a sign that says "Detroit is a union town" on Sept. 15, 2023, in Wayne, Mich.

A person holds up a sign that says "Detroit is a union town" on Sept. 15, 2023, in Wayne, Mich.

The United Auto Workers union is on strike against Detroit’s automakers for a fifth day.

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In a video released on Facebook Monday night, union president Shawn Fain said if the automakers drag their feet in negotiations, the consequences will include expanding work stoppages at more assembly plants.

“If we don’t make serious progress by noon on Friday, September 22, more locals will be called on the stand up and join the strike,” Fain warned. “That will mark more than  a week since our first members walked out.”

Read: What the UAW strike means for Michiganders

Fain says striking workers are doing their part — and so are the ones that stayed on the job.

“Just as importantly, all the rest of you stayed on the job. That is the only way the strategy works. We’re going to keep hitting the company where we need to — when we need to — and we’re not going to keep waiting around forever while they drag this out.”

The UAW is striking at three plants — Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, the Jeep plant in Toledo and GM’s Wentzville, Mo. assembly plant.

Key issues in the labor dispute include pay, benefits and job security.

Editor’s note: Some employees of WDET are members of UAW Local 1979 — a different bargaining group that’s unaffected by these negotiations.

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WDET reporter Russ McNamara contributed to this story.

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  • Jerome Vaughn
    Jerome Vaughn is News Director at 101.9 WDET. His interest in news reporting began when he was five years old, after his mom bought him a yellow Panasonic ball and chain radio.