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A major Ford truck plant in Kentucky became the latest to join the expanding strikes led by the United Auto Workers, intensifying the union’s standoff with leading automobile manufacturers.
The Ford facility in Louisville, responsible for producing F-250 and F-550 trucks, among other vehicles, witnessed approximately 8,700 workers walk off the job. This move comes against the union’s claim that Ford is not open to further negotiations on their demands.
These demands primarily center around enhanced wages and better working conditions. The battle has been ongoing with the “Big Three” automakers, namely Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis. UAW President Shawn Fain highlighted the union’s frustration, stating, “If they can’t understand that after four weeks, the 8,700 workers shutting down this extremely profitable plant will help them understand it.” Fain pushed for a revised offer during a brief meeting with Ford’s top brass. While potential inclusions of battery plants in a union contract were hinted at, mirroring a similar agreement by GM, Fain expressed dissatisfaction over the economic aspects of the negotiations.
Ford labeled the union’s strike extension as “grossly irresponsible,” suggesting it might lead to “industrial chaos.” The number of participating plants rose steadily, with the tally of striking UAW workers nearing 34,000 nationwide.