A day before the three main automakers on strike have been on strike for four weeks. The unexpected action shuts down the largest and most profitable Ford facility in the world.
The United Automobile Workers (UAW) union reported that 8,700 more workers. Joined the strike on Wednesday, October 11, as an agreement with major automakers remained elusive. Along with some 25,000 other UAW members, the workers at Ford’s Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville are on strike in opposition to the “Big Three” automakers, General Motors, Ford, and Stellantis.
When a prior contract end on September 15 without being renew, the UAW went on a targeted strike against GM, Ford, and Stellantis. The majority of the union’s 146,000 US hourly auto workers were instructed to stay at their jobs while a few plants were to be shut down. Yet the most recent action was taken “after Ford refused to make further movement in bargaining,” according to a statement from the UAW.
Ford described the most recent strike decision as “grossly irresponsible”. In a separate statement and claimed to have made a “outstanding offer.” The Kentucky plant makes Ford Expeditions, Lincoln Navigators, and Super Duty pickup trucks. According to Ford, the vehicles made at the plant bring about $25 billion in revenue annually. Ford issue a warning that the strike’s scope have been expand and that the work stoppage. “will generate painful aftershocks,” including effects on suppliers and other corporate activities.
The UAW statement referred to the most recent action as a “surprise move,”. Noting that other strikes have been extend at predetermined times. Additionally, according to UAW, this occurs one day before the four-week milestone since the three main manufacturers’ contracts expired. “We have waited long enough, but Ford has not gotten the message,” lamented UAW President Shawn Fain. He continued in a statement, “It’s time for a fair contract at Ford and the rest of the Big Three.