published : 2023-10-21

UAW Strike: A Thrilling Battle for Automotive Workers' Rights

United Auto Workers President Shawn Fain says there is 'more to be won' from Ford, GM and Stellantis

A photo of United Auto Workers President Shawn Fain addressing the crowd during a rally in Detroit. Taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.

In a dramatic turn of events, the United Auto Workers (UAW) strike against Detroit's Big Three automakers continues to squeeze the industry giants, but stops short of expanding to new targets.

During his weekly address, UAW President Shawn Fain emphasized that there is still much to be achieved in negotiations with Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis.

While all three companies have made unprecedented contract offers, Fain, alongside the vice presidents and national negotiators, believes that there is even more to gain.

An image of workers picketing outside the Ford assembly plant in Chicago during the ongoing UAW strike. Taken with a Nikon D850.

The UAW has been fighting for 'record contracts for record profits,' and although the Big Three have now raised their pay hike proposals to 23%, the union is demanding a 40% raise over the next four years.

Fain highlighted multiple areas where the automakers need to meet the union's expectations, emphasizing that these record contracts come after years of decline for autoworkers.

With picket lines spreading across the nation and bringing production to a standstill, the UAW's strike against the Big Three has already gained significant momentum over the past month.

A captivating picture capturing the intensity of negotiations between the UAW and the Big Three automakers. Taken with a Sony Alpha a7 III.

Out of the 150,000 members employed by the automakers, around 34,000 are currently on strike, and the union has sent a clear message that unless progress is made in negotiations, the strike could expand nationwide.

As the battle for workers' rights intensifies, the automotive industry holds its breath, uncertain of the final outcome.