The United Auto Workers union plans to add strike targets against the Detroit Three automakers Friday without progress at the negotiations table, a UAW source said Wednesday.
Like last week, the new locations for walkouts to begin at noon would be announced at 10 a.m. Friday on a Facebook livestream hosted by the union, according to the source, who wasn't able to speak publicly on the topic. The UAW's unprecedented strike against all of the Detroit automakers is now in its 13th day. The union is employing what it calls a "stand-up" strategy that allows it to add or remove plants from walkouts based on how negotiations progress.
The walkout would happen a week after the union sent about 5,600 workers to strike at General Motors Co. and Stellantis NV parts distribution centers. Ford Motor Co. was spared since the Dearborn automaker had moved on the UAW's requests when it comes to wage differences at parts plants, job security, cost-of-living adjustments and profit-sharing. In total, about 18,300 workers are on strike at those centers and three assembly plants.
Stellantis in a statement provided by spokesperson Jodi Tinson, said the selection of the centers was a choice "to disrespect our customers by expanding their strike to the parts distribution centers." The company said it has contingency plans in place to continue serving its customers.
Randy Dye, owners of the Daytona Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram dealership in Florida, said his company stocked up on additional repair parts ahead of the strike: "We’re ordering parts. We’ll see when we get them."
U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Michigan, told The Detroit News he hopes the parties are negotiating aggressively.
"No one likes to see a strike drag on," he said. "It has impacts, first and foremost, for the families involved in the strike — the men and women out there on the picket line. A strike has certainly an impact on their lives, and we hope this gets solved as quickly as possible and that everyone is negotiating in good faith."
Reuters was first to report the expected strike target announcement.
The development comes after President Joe Biden joined a picket line at a GM parts center in Van Buren Township, Michigan, on Tuesday. Former President Donald Trump was heading to Michigan Wednesday to speak at auto supplier Drake Enterprises in Clinton Township.
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