The United Auto Workers union (UAW) has announced that it will be expanding its ongoing national strike against General Motors (GM) to include a major Ford truck plant in Kentucky.
The union’s decision to expand the strike could have a significant impact on the automaker’s production. The union represents nearly 50,000 workers at GM and another 2,500 Ford workers in Kentucky.
The strike began on September 16, when more than 49,000 members of the union walked off the job in 11 states after GM refused to meet their demands in six-month long labor negotiations. Since then, the UAW had been escalating its efforts in an attempt to put pressure on the Detroit-based automaker.
The union is seeking better wages, better health care, shorter hours and job protections. With the addition of the truck plant, the strike will now involve more than 52,000 workers in 12 states.
The move is sure to put additional pressure on both GM and Ford, which rely heavily on the production of trucks to generate sales and profits. It’s also likely to increase costs for both companies, as production halts across multiple plants could lead to backlogs of unfinished orders.
The expansion of the strike to include the Kentucky truck plant is the latest development in the long-running dispute between the union and GM. The union and the company have continued to hold contract talks in an effort to reach a new agreement. However, no agreement has been reached yet, and it’s unclear when or if it will be.
For now, the UAW’s decision to expand the strike to include the Kentucky truck plant is a warning to GM and Ford executives that the union is serious about its demands. With the situation continuing to develop, it’s clear that this dispute will take some time to resolve.