UAW expands strike to Stellantis pickup truck plant in Michigan

  • The United Auto Workers expands its strike to the Stellandis plant in suburban Detroit.
  • About 6,800 workers are on strike at Stellandis’ Sterling Heights assembly plant in suburban Detroit.

United Auto Workers President Shawn Fine greets workers at the Stellandis Sterling Heights Assembly Plant to mark the start of contract negotiations on July 12, 2023 in Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA.

Rebecca Cook | Reuters

DETROIT – The United Auto Workers union is expanding a strike at the Stellandis plant in Michigan that makes Ram 1500 full-size pickup trucks.

About 6,800 workers at Stellantis’ Sterling Heights assembly plant in suburban Detroit are on strike, the union announced publicly after the walkout began Monday morning.

“Currently, Stellandis has a poor proposal regarding wage increases, temporary worker pay and conversion to full time, cost of living adjustments (COLA) and more,” the UAW said in a release.

The plant is one of the most important U.S. plants for Stellandis, although the automaker is willing to wait out a truck plant strike more than its crosstown rivals General Motors and Ford Motor Co., with healthy Ram pickups ready.

The unannounced walkout at SHAP brought the total number of UAW members on strike with Detroit automakers to more than 40,000. The targeted strikes began five weeks ago on Sept. 15 after the union and the Detroit automakers failed to reach new agreements.

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