(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:
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 11 Fain says the union is not afraid to hold a
strike at any of the automakers without a
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
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
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
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)