The United Auto Workers union, which vowed to strike if automakers didn't meet its demands, carried out the threat and launched a strike early Friday morning against all three of the U.S. auto giants.
In a posting on X, formerly Twitter, the UAW announced after midnight that it targeted strikes against three plants: GM's Wentzville Assembly in Missouri, the Stellantis Jeep Wrangler plant in Toledo and Ford's Bronco plant in Wayne, Mich.
The Detroit News reports that the union has requested as much as a 46 percent raise over a stretch of time, pensions and retiree health-care for all workers, the elimination of tiers, cost-of-living adjustments and 32-hour work weeks paid as 40 hours.
The News also reports:
GM and Ford were offering a 20% wage increase over four and a half years. All three had proposed a four-year progression for full-time workers to the top wage and a starting wage of $20 per hour for temporary/supplemental employees.
The targeted strikes for the time being will save the UAW strike pay, at least for the time being. Strike pay is $500 a week.
Full-time employees at the Big Three make $18 to $32 an hour. The union says wages haven't kept up with the times.