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This had never happened in the past, a strike movement immobilizes the three main American manufacturers in the United States, namely Ford, General Motors as well as Stellantis (which owns one of the historic brands, Chrysler). Better working conditions, job security or even increased salaries, employees’ demands are numerous.
The head of the sector’s workers’ union (United Auto Workers or UAW) has warned them on several occasions that the movement, currently contained by its scale, could be amplified in the days to come if they do not obtain “better offers”, to quote the words of Shawn Fain, the boss of the UAW, who gave an interview to CBS this Sunday. But as much as the negotiations with Ford seem to have gone in the right direction according to the first feedback, those with Stellantis are a little more bitter.
A proposal that is “not possible”
“The reason we find ourselves in this situation right now is because the three big companies have chosen not to negotiate for the last 8 weeks,” he saw fit to clarify. While explaining in more detail why it was decided to launch this large-scale movement: “These companies have earned a quarter of a trillion dollars over the last 10 years, 21 million dollars over the last 6 months alone, and our working conditions, our wages have only gone down.”
This is why the union is demanding a 36% increase in wages, and they are not ready to give up. The proof is that even though Stellantis agreed to increase them by 21%, Shawn Fain considers that such a proposal is simply “not possible”. If they asked for so much, it is precisely by relying on the salaries of managers who “have increased by 40% over the last 4 years alone”. He also finds it “shameful that a leader of one of the companies is sitting in his second home in Acapulco while we are negotiating, rather than being present at the negotiations.”
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To sum up
The historic employee strike which has paralyzed the three main American manufacturers since Friday is having its effects since negotiations have been relaunched. However, it will take much more than the latest proposals from Stellantis to satisfy them…
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