The UAW on Friday said it plans to expand its week-old strike against General Motors and Stellantis but will spare Ford Motor Co. additional production stoppages after making "real progress" in talks this week.
Workers at all GM and Stellantis parts distribution centres in the U.S. will walk off the job at noon EDT on Friday, UAW President Shawn Fain said in a Facebook broadcast. He listed 38 locations in 20 states that will be joining the strike.
“We will shut down parts distribution until those two companies come to their senses and come to the table with a serious offer,” Fain said. “The members who will join the stand-up strike today are living testament to one of the injustices we are fighting against at the Big 3: tiers.”
The GM sites employ roughly 3,400 workers, including 1,600 near Flint. The Stellantis sites employ about 2,100 workers.
“This expansion will also take our fight nationwide,” Fain said. “We’ll be everywhere from California to Massachusetts, from Oregon to Florida. And we will keep going, keep organizing and keep expanding the stand-up strike as necessary.”