United Auto Workers President Shawn Fain is scheduled to announce at 10 a.m. Eastern time Friday where the union’s members will strike next, starting at noon, if no significant progress is made in negotiations with the Big Three automakers.
Nearly 13,000 UAW members have been on strike at a General Motors
pickup plant in Missouri, parts of a Ford Motor
plant in Michigan and a Stellantis NV
Jeep plant in Ohio since last Friday.
Since the strike began, the union and the automakers have said they are engaging in constant talks as they try to reach a compromise on a new national contract.
The union is demanding wage increases, an end to tiers, the restoration of pensions and cost-of-living adjustments and more. Though both the union and companies have claimed progress during talks, GM President Mark Reuss said in an opinion piece in the Detroit Free Press that the UAW’s demands are “untenable.” That’s in line with Ford President Jim Farley characterizing the union’s wage proposal as “unsustainable” for the company before the strike deadline.
The UAW said Fain will make the Friday announcement on Facebook Live, which is how he has regularly updated union members.