Ford acknowledges remaining gaps in UAW strike negotiations

The United Auto Workers (UAW) strike continues to impact the automotive industry, with General Motors and Stellantis experiencing expanded strikes at their facilities. However, Ford has been spared from these actions for now, although significant gaps remain between the company and the UAW in key areas of negotiation.

The UAW announced new strikes at 38 parts distribution centers across 20 states, affecting approximately 5,600 union workers from GM and Stellantis. This brings the total number of UAW members on strike to around 18,300 across the Big Three automakers. The strike has also resulted in temporary layoffs at facilities where union members are not on strike.

Ford is currently in negotiations with the UAW and has acknowledged that while progress has been made on certain issues, there are still significant gaps to close in key economic areas. The company is committed to reaching a deal that benefits its workforce and allows for future investment.

UAW President Shawn Fain has noted "real progress" in the negotiations with Ford but emphasized that there is more work to be done before an agreement can be reached. The UAW has secured concessions from Ford on several issues, including the reinstatement of a cost-of-living allowance and conversion of current temps who have worked for the company for at least 90 days. Additionally, an enhanced profit-sharing formula has been agreed upon.

One area of contention between the two sides is pay raises. The UAW initially requested a 40% raise over the life of the contract, while Ford and other automakers have offered a 20% raise over that period. The union is also advocating for a 32-hour workweek, the return of defined benefit pensions, and the elimination of wage gaps between newer and older employees.

While Ford has been spared from the expanded strikes, the UAW has secured the right to strike over future plant closures by the company. Members will also receive additional income security with up to two years of healthcare in the event of an indefinite layoff.

UAW leaders have implemented a "stand-up strike" strategy, in which specific locals are asked to go on strike at their facilities. This approach provides flexibility to escalate the strike incrementally if negotiations do not yield sufficient progress. It also makes it harder for the auto companies to predict the union's next move.

President Biden and former President Trump have both planned visits to Michigan to show support for the UAW workers during this strike.

In conclusion, the UAW strike continues to affect the automotive industry, with GM and Stellantis experiencing expanded strikes. Ford has been spared for now but significant gaps remain in key areas of negotiation. Both sides acknowledge progress on certain issues but recognize that more work needs to be done to reach an agreement.


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