13,ooo workers walked off the job last week after the United Auto Workers (UAW) failed to strike an agreement with the Big Three auto makers (GM, Ford, Stellantis) on pay, pensions, and other benefits. Strategically, the union targeted three Midwest plants because they assemble some of the automakers’ most popular models and might help leverage a deal. The automakers’ initial counteroffer was rejected, and the automakers have started temporary layoffs of hundreds of employees not participating in the work stoppage. The Biden Administration has sent liaisons to help broker a deal and contain any political fallout.
Why are they called the Big Three?
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Haven’t been paying attention to the UAW strike? What you need to know
UAW justifies wage demands by pointing to CEO pay raises. So how high were they?
A Summer of Strikes
New York Times
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UAW strike caps off hot labor summer
White House team to go to Detroit ‘early this week’ to help resolve UAW strike
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Writing: Explain why President Biden is in a difficult position amid the UAW strike. How does his self-proclaimed position as the most pro-union president in history complicate his ability to broker a deal?
Debate: Should workers for Tesla and foreign auto manufacturers be allowed to unionize?
Poll: Do you support the UAW’s demands if it means paying more for a vehicle?
Short Answer: How would an extended labor dispute in the auto industry affect other parts of the economy beyond cars?
Striking workers can collect unemployment benefits (T/F)
The United Auto Workers (UAW) are the nation’s largest autoworker’s union. (T/F)
Among other things, the UAW is demanding a 32-hour work week with 40-hours pay. (T/F)
Stellantis includes which U.S. automaker?
How many total workers have walked off the job in 2023?
Which public sector group was behind the movement called ‘Red for Ed?’
- park workers
- sanitation workers