Detroit (Fox 2) – If the United Auto Workers and the Big Three automakers cannot reach an agreement by Sept. 14, union workers will go on strike.
“If we don’t get our justice, I can guarantee you one thing — come midnight this Thursday, there will be action,” said UAW President Sean Fein.
Ford, General Motors, Stellantis and the union are negotiating as they work to reach an agreement and avoid a strike.
The UAW has rejected multiple offers from automakers, with Fein showing what he thought of the offers by throwing them in a trashcan during a Facebook Live session on Friday.
Those offers included raises and inflation bonuses, but they didn’t come close enough to what the union was seeking.
The union’s demands include a 46% pay increase, a 32-hour work week with 40 hours of pay, and restoration of traditional pensions for new hires, among other demands. See what they want here.
Here are the Big Three’s counter-offers:
“We want a deal, we’re ready for a deal, but it has to be a deal that respects the sacrifices and contributions of our members,” Fein said. “The cost of a strike may be high, but the cost of not striking is high.”
Experts said the strike would be damaging to the supply chain and the economy, especially in Michigan.
“A UAW strike against domestic auto manufacturers would have a disproportionately negative impact on Michigan, and that’s because Michigan has more automotive manufacturing than any other state in the union,” said Detroit Regional Chamber President Sandy Barua.
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