Auto workers in the United States are fed up and they’re not going to take it anymore! The United Auto Workers (UAW) union is waging a nationwide strike against the Big Three American automakers: Ford, General Motors, and Fiat Chrysler. The strike began on September 15th in response to what the UAW sees as the automakers’ unwillingness to address “wages, job security, permanent job status for temporary employees, health care and other issues,” according to its press release.
UAW President Gary Jones said in a statement that the UAW and automakers remain far apart on key issues and that the Big Three automakers have failed to honor their commitment to the union members. He added that this strike is necessary to secure a strong contract for UAW members.
The fallout of the strike could have long-term effects on the American auto industry and the U.S. economy at large. Approximately 46,000 workers are on strike, spanning 48 factories in eight states. These factories are responsible for producing many of the most popular cars on the roads today, including the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado, and Dodge Ram. This means they are directly responsible for sustaining many jobs in the automotive supply chain, which in turn supports many other industries, such as steel, electronics, and plastics. Any disruption to the production and sale of these cars could have an immediate impact on industry profits and the economy.
The outcome of the strike remains unclear. But as of now, the Big Three automakers are standing firm on their stance and continue to negotiate with the union. With the ramifications of this extended strike yet to be seen, it is a tense time for both sides.