Updated Oct 23, 2023 - Economy

Stellantis "outraged" after UAW expands strike to Ram 1500 truck plant

UAW members and supporters on a picket line outside the Ford Motor Chicago Assembly Plant on Sept. 30. Photo: Taylor Glascock/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The UAW on Monday added another factory to its strike against the Detroit Three automakers, bringing the total number of workers on strike to more than 40,000.

Driving the news: Roughly 6,800 workers walked out of Stellantis' plant in Sterling Heights, Michigan, on Monday in a surprise expansion of the historic labor stoppage.

  • The factory makes the Ram 1500 pickup, one of the most popular vehicles in the country and the most important model in the Stellantis lineup.
  • It's the seventh assembly plant the UAW has shut down during the strike, which also includes 38 parts distribution facilities.
  • The UAW blasted Stellantis' most recent offer, saying it's "the worst proposal on the table regarding wage progression, temporary worker pay and conversion to full-time, cost-of-living adjustments (COLA), and more."

The other side: Stellantis said in a statement Monday afternoon it was "outraged" at the union's decision after the company's latest offer, which included a 23% wage increase.

  • "Our very strong offer would address member demands and provide immediate financial gains for our employees," the company said. "Instead, the UAW has decided to cause further harm to the entire automotive industry as well as our local, state and national economies."

The big picture: The union is sparring with General Motors, Ford and Stellantis over compensation for the 150,000 UAW members who build vehicles and parts at the Detroit Three automakers.

  • UAW President Shawn Fain said last Friday that the automakers have offered "record contracts" but that autoworkers deserve more.

Editor's note: This story was updated with a statement from Stellantis.

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