(Reuters) – The United Auto Workers union began unprecedented, simultaneous walkouts at General Motors, Ford and Chrysler parent Stellantis’ U.S. operations early on Friday after failing to reach pay deals with the automakers.
The walkouts cap weeks of clashes between the union and Detroit Three executives over union demands for a bigger share of profits generated by combustion trucks, and stronger job security as automakers shift to electric vehicles.
These are the first plants where strikes are taking place:
Wentzville, Missouri assembly plant
About 3,600 UAW members
Products produced: Chevrolet Colorado and Express; GMC Canyon and Savanna
Wayne, Michigan assembly plant, excluding stamping plant
About 3,300 UAW members
Products produced: Ford Ranger and Bronco
Toledo, Ohio assembly plant
About 5,800 UAW members
Products produced: Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator
(Compiled by David Shepardson; Editing by Jamie Freed)