Toronto, Ontario – In a recent action taken late last Friday, the United Auto Workers (UAW) union announced the expansion of their “stand-up strike” methods to 38 more General Motors and Stellantis plants in 20 states.
With this expansion, the union announced that they will not be focusing on Ford at this time because “significant progress” has been made in recent, ongoing talks with the automaker.
“As promised, we are expanding the Stand Up Strike in response to the lack of progress in bargaining with General Motors and Stellantis,” the UAW said in a statement. “We will shut down parts distribution until those two companies come to their senses and come to the table with a serious offer.”
The UAW directed members to strike at GM’s Michigan facilities in: Pontiac, Willow Run, Ypsilanti, Davison Road, Flint and Lansing. Other locations include Cincinnati; Denver; Hudson, Wisconsin; Chicago; Reno, Nevada; Rancho Cucamonga, California; Fort Worth, Texas; Martinsburg, West Virginia; Jackson, Mississippi; Charlotte, North Carolina; Memphis, Tennessee; and Philadelphia.
The strike also expanded to Michigan Stellantis parts distribution centers, including Marysville, Centerline Packaging, Centerline Warehouse, Sherwood, Warren Parts, Quality Engineering Center and Romulus. The other locations are in Cleveland; Milwaukee; Minneapolis; Denver; Chicago; Los Angeles;, Portland, Oregon; Atlanta; Winchester, Virginia; Orlando, Florida; Dallas, New York City and Boston.
With talks with Ford beginning to progress, the union notes that continued patterned bargaining could be used to leverage discussions with the other two automakers as the strike continues.