United Auto Workers boss President Shawn Fain appeared on a regular Friday morning Facebook Live broadcast. He said General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co., and Stellantis NV will be spared from additional strikes as contract negotiations progressed.
“We’re entering a new phase of this fight, and it demands a new approach, Fain said. He continued, “We’re not announcing the expansion of our strike, but we are prepared at any time to call on more locals to stand up and walk out.”
The union boss warned: “We are prepared at any time to call on more locals to stand up and walk out.” And he defended his ambitious pay hike demand in new labor contracts with all three automakers: “I want to be clear on this point – I didn’t raise members’ expectations. Our broken economy is what’s raising our members’ expectations, and our members are right to be angry.”
“We are looking for only one thing – a deal, a tentative agreement,” Fain said, adding it’s time for Detroit’s Big Three to “pony up.”