UAW to expand strike at Ford, General Motors

(Reuters) – The United Auto Workers (UAW) union will walk off the job at an additional plant at General Motors and at Ford, President Shawn Fain said on Friday, as the first-ever simultaneous strike against the Detroit Three automakers enters its third week.

The UAW had been planning to announce a new strike at Stellantis NV, but the company called moments before the scheduled 10 a.m. address and made significant changes in its contract proposal, Fain said.

The strike will expand to Ford’s Chicago assembly plant and GM’s Lansing, Michigan, assembly plant, covering about 7,000 workers.

Here is a timeline of events beginning with the election of the Fain in March:

Date Development

March 25 Shawn Fain wins the race for the

role of UAW president; vows to take a tough

stance with the Big Three automakers.

July 10 The union says it will open contract talks

with Detroit’s Big Three automakers starting

July 13.

July 11 Fain says the union is not afraid to hold a

strike at any of the automakers without a

fair contract.

July 19 Fain meets President Joe Biden at the White

House as the union briefed the staff on

contract talks with the Detroit Three


Aug. 1 The UAW presents demands to Stellantis, says

the union is seeking ambitious benefit

increases from the Detroit Three, including

double-digit pay rises and defined-benefit

pensions for all workers.

Aug. 2 The union presents contract demands to

General Motors

Aug. 3 The union presents contract demands to Ford

Aug. 8 Fain angrily tosses contract proposals from

Stellantis in a trash can, citing numerous

concessions that the Chrysler parent is

seeking in labor talks.

Aug. 25 The UAW says 97% of voting members were in

favor of authorizing a strike at the Detroit

Three if an agreement is not reached before

Sept. 14.

Aug. 31 The union says it has filed unfair labor

practice charges with the National Labor

Relations Board (NLRB) against GM and

Stellantis, saying they have refused to

bargain in good faith.

Aug. 31 Ford makes a contract offer to the UAW,

providing hourly employees with 15%

guaranteed combined wage increases, lumpsum

payments and improved benefits over the life

of the contract

Sept. 1 The U.S. NLRB says it will investigate unfair

labor practice charges filed by the UAW union

against GM and Stellantis.

Sept 6 The UAW makes a labor contract

counterproposal on economic issues to Ford

Sept. 7 GM makes counteroffer to the UAW that

includes a 10% wage hike and two additional

3% annual lumpsum payments over four years.

Fain calls the offer “insulting.”

Sept. 8 Stellantis says it offered U.S. hourly

workers a 14.5% wage hike over four years but

no lumpsum payments.

Sept. 8 Fain says the UAW union wants a deal to avoid

walkouts at the Detroit Three but expects to

go on strike against all of them next week if

they do not improve their contract offers.

Sept. 11 Stellantis says it plans to make a new

counteroffer to the UAW after the union made

its own revised offer on Sunday ahead of the

expiration of the current four-year labor

deal Thursday night.

Sept. 13 The UAW rejected counteroffers from the

automakers and outlined plans for strikes

targeting individual U.S. auto plants in what

would be its first-ever simultaneous strike

against the Detroit Three.

Sept. 15 The UAW launched simultaneous strikes that

will halt production of some popular models

at three factories owned by GM, Ford and


Sept. 16 Negotiators for the UAW and Ford had

“reasonably productive discussions” toward a

new contract, while officials at Stellantis

said a proposal to resume work at an idled

Illinois factory has fallen through.

Sept. 18 On the fourth day of the strike, UAW said it

would announce on Sept. 22 more plants to

strike if no serious progress was made in

talks, adding to pressure on the Detroit

Three automakers.

Sept. 19 UAW members picketing in Michigan and Ohio

urged union leaders to hold firm on their

biggest demands on pay hikes and compensation

as the strike hits its fifth day.

Sept. 20 UAW said 190 workers went on strike at

Mercedes-supplier ZF’s plant in Alabama,

demanding higher pay and better healthcare


Sept. 22 UAW will expand its strikes against GM and

Stellantis, but has made real progress in

talks with Ford Motor, the union said.

Sept 24. Ford said that despite progress in some

areas, it still has “significant gaps to

close” on key economic issues before it can

reach a new labor agreement with the UAW


Sept. 28 The UAW made a new counter-proposal to

Stellantis, just one day before it is set to

strike additional Detroit Three automotive

facilities without serious progress in

ongoing labor negotiations.

Sept. 29 The UAW will walk off the job at an

additional plant at General Motors and at

Ford, said Fain. The new strike will not

extend to Stellantis, which called before the

scheduled 10 a.m. ET announcement to make

significant changes in its contract proposal.

(Reporting by Ananta Agarwal and Priyamvada C in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur, Shailesh Kuber and Sriraj Kalluvila)