United Auto Workers President Shawn Fain announced Friday the union would not expand its strike against Detroit’s Big Three this week, citing substantial progress in negotiations with the automakers.
“GM has now agreed in writing to place their electric battery manufacturing under our national Master Agreement,” Fain said on Friday, donning an “Eat the Rich” t-shirt.
GM’s concession to place battery workers under the master agreement was a major win for the union, he said, adding that the UAW is looking for similar concessions from Ford and Stellantis to ensure workers keep their jobs during the transition to electric vehicles.
Prior to the concessions announced Friday, the UAW was set to strike at a GM SUV assembly plant in Arlington, Texas.
Fain said the union would not expand its strikes against Ford and Stellantis either, due to progress made with cost-of-living adjustments and ending tiered wage structures.
“Suddenly three weeks into our stand up strike we’ve got two of the Big Three automakers committed to returning to our 2007 Cost of Living Formula Ford steeliness have agreed to reinstate cost of living allowance and GM isn’t far behind.”
Picketing outside the Ford Assembly plant in Wayne on Friday, UAW member Antoinette Howard said she still trusts Fain, but is growing concerned with how slowly negotiations are moving and wants to see a stronger response from union leadership.
“We only know what he’s telling us so we don’t know the full strategy,” she said. “I still back him in whatever he is doing, but I really wish he would shut everything down and make these bums move for real.”
Union supporter Kolton Tackett, who joined the picket line at UAW Local 900 in Wayne, says he’s encouraged by how talks are moving.
“We’re just here hoping that all the union members get what they’re deserving here; you know the percentages are increasing for things and just a lot of hope coming.”
Other headlines for Oct. 6, 2023:
- Detroit’s Office of Budget will be holding a series of forums to get community input on how the city should spend its money.
- The city’s first ever Black Tech Weekend is taking place Oct. 12-14 at NewLab at Michigan Central.
- The Detroit Harvest Fest & Food Truck Rally will be held Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 7-8, along the Dequindre Cut Greenway.
- Ballet Folklorico de Detroit will perform at the Detroit Film Theater inside the Detroit Institute of Arts on Saturday, Oct. 7.
- The annual Japan Festival hosted by the Japan Business Society of Detroit is planned for 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, at Novi High School. Admission is free.
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