(TargetLiberty.org) – On Wednesday the United Auto Workers announced an expansion to the strikes against the Big Three automotive manufacturers adding that the Kentucky Ford truck plant was going to join the strike.
The Louisville, Kentucky Truck Assembly Plant is used for the manufacturing of F-550 and F-250 trucks and some of the manufacturer’s SUVs however as per the recent announcement the 8,700 workers walked out in a surprise strike this past Wednesday. This is the manufacturer’s most profitable and biggest plant.
The union has argued that the strike expansion is the result of Ford not being willing to negotiate on the demands of the striking workers. Their demands include better working conditions and higher wages from all three automakers: Stellantis, General Motors, and Ford. The strike started last month and over time it has expanded to several plants as the workers are hoping that the additional pressure will lead to manufacturers signing a contract that is union-friendly.
Shawn Fain, the President of the union stated that Ford has not yet understood what it was that workers were demanding. He added that if they are still not able to understand after a four-week strike, then 8,700 walking out and closing this extremely profitable plant could help the automaker understand.
Fain added that earlier on Wednesday he had sat down with executives of Ford and had pushed for them to provide them with a new offer, where the company had hinted that they might consider adding battery plants in the union contract. This would be a victory for the union as General Motors made a similar concession last week. However, Fain added that thus far, Ford has not agreed to anything better in terms of economics.
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