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UAW Strike as Big Three Post $21 Billion in Profits


Labor Notes reports: “The first-ever simultaneous strike at the Big 3 automakers — General Motors, Ford, Stellantis — started September 15 with 13,000 workers walking out of three assembly plants in Michigan, Ohio, and Missouri. There are 146,000 Auto Workers (UAW) members at the Big 3.“The UAW is calling its strategy the ‘stand-up strike,’ a nod to the Flint sit-down strike of 1936-1937 that helped establish the union.“The shot across the bow came two hours shy of midnight via a very short Facebook Live video where UAW President Shawn Fain shared the strike targets…”

Labor Notes has also reported: “The Big 3 have reported a combined $21 billion in profits in the first half of 2023. This comes on top of profits of $250 billion over the last 10 years.”

MAXIMILLIAN ALVAREZ,    Alvarez is editor-in-chief of The Real News and author of The Work of Living. He has been reporting on the prospect of a United Auto Workers strike for The Real News and for Breaking Points.