DETROIT—In a historic gambit, nearly 13,000 hourly workers at three large assembly plants went on strike against the Detroit 3 early Friday in what UAW President Shawn Fain has framed as a "righteous fight" against the rich to get better wages and benefits for the working class.
Never in the UAW's 88-year history has it attempted a simultaneous strike against Ford Motor Co., General Motors and Chrysler, now part of Stellantis. The union plans to expand the work stoppage at yet-to-be-determined intervals to ratchet up pressure on the auto makers, a novel tactic Fain has branded a "stand-up strike" to mirror the sit-down strikes of the UAW's early years.
The walkout will immediately halt production of profitable, high-demand vehicles including the Ford Bronco, Jeep Wrangler and Chevrolet Colorado and could have devastating ripple effects on suppliers, contractors, dealers and the broader economy in the coming weeks if new deals remain elusive, experts have said. The first plants the UAW ordered to strike are in Michigan, Ohio and Missouri.