UPDATE 10/25/2023: The UAW and Ford have reportedly reached a tentative deal to bring the strike to an end against that company. Bloomberg News is reporting this evening that the new contract with Ford would include a pay raise of 25 percent for hourly workers. It will still need to be voted on and approved by the union members, and the other automakers are not involved in this tentative agreement. Although there has been no official announcement, the Detroit News reported that workers on the picket line at Ford's Wayne, Michigan, assembly plant were sent home by union representatives at 8 p.m. tonight. We will continue to update this breaking story.
The UAW has expanded its ongoing strike to two large assembly plants that build some of General Motors' and Stellantis's most profitable vehicles. Workers walked out of the Arlington, Texas, plant that builds GM's full-size SUVs including the Chevy Tahoe and Suburban, GMC Yukon, and Cadillac Escalade; this follows an expansion of the strike to Stellantis' Sterling Heights, Michigan, facility that builds the Ram 1500 full-size pickup truck.
The UAW said that 5000 workers from the GM Arlington plant are now on strike, along with 6800 workers from the Stellantis Sterling Heights plant. The union says that GM's current offer does not adequately reward workers for their contributions to the company's profits, while claiming that Stellantis' offer lags behind GM and Ford and is the "worst proposal on the table" in terms of wage progression and other financial concerns.
In a statement, General Motors responded by saying that, "The current offer is the most significant that GM has ever proposed to the UAW." Stellantis, meanwhile, has reacted by pulling out of several major auto shows and events, including the upcoming Los Angeles auto show, SEMA aftermarket show, and CES technology show. The automaker cited growing costs due to the strike as the reason for these cancellations.
This is a developing story and we will continue to update.
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