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Today's newsletter is 953 striking words — a 3,5-minute read.

1 big thing: Local auto parts workers join nationwide strike

Workers in Carrollton join the nationwide UAW strike. Photo: Naheed Rajwani-Dharsi/Axios

Parts distribution workers in Roanoke and Carrollton have joined a nationwide strike against GM and Stellantis, which produces Dodge and Chrysler.

What's happening: The United Auto Workers wants wage increases and better benefits for the nearly 150,000 unionized workers at the Big Three.

  • The automakers want a contract that allows them to maintain profits and sell electric vehicles at an affordable price.

Why it matters: There's never been a strike against all three automakers at once, and this one could stretch out for a long time, Axios' Nathan Bomey and Joann Muller report.

  • North Texas has several facilities that serve the automakers, including the 404,000-square-foot Roanoke parts distribution center where workers are striking.

State of strike: The contract between the United Auto Workers union and Ford, General Motors and Stellantis expired Sept. 15.

  • UAW president Shawn Fain said on Friday that there was "serious" progress at Ford, but "it's a different story" at GM and Stellantis, indicating that those two might be tougher to bargain with.
  • He also announced that the strike would expand to more locations, including the Fort Worth Parts Distribution Center in Roanoke and a Stellantis facility in Carrollton.
  • The strike now spans 38 locations across 20 states, according to the UAW.

Between the lines: The union is doing a selective strike strategy, picketing at specific plants depending on how much progress it makes with bargaining, instead of striking at all locations.

  • The UAW hasn't called on workers at Arlington's massive GM assembly plant to strike.

What they're saying: "We will shut down parts distribution until those two companies (GM and Stellantis) come to their senses and come to the table with a serious offer," Fain said.

Zoom in: United Auto Workers members picketed all weekend in Carrollton and Roanoke.

  • "We're representing the working class … The message we want to send is, as working people, a fair day of work should deserve a fair day of pay," Cleo Wynn, president of UAW 2360 for the Roanoke and Carrollton workers, tells Axios.

The other side: "The fundamental reality is that the UAW's demands can be described in one word — untenable," GM president Mark Reuss said in a Detroit Free Press op-ed.

Meanwhile: President Biden is scheduled to walk the picket line in Michigan today. It will be the first time a sitting president has done so.

Go deeper: How the strike is scrambling political alliances

2. 💻 Remote work is still thriving in Dallas

Data: U.S. Census; Chart: Axios Visuals

The Dallas area has a higher percentage of remote workers than the rest of the country, according to U.S. Census data.

Why it matters: Local developers have had to reassess office spaces in the region as companies adapt to remote work and flexible work fuels population growth in the outlying parts of Dallas-Fort Worth.

The big picture: Workers in America's biggest, most competitive cities aren't giving up the flexibility and savings — in both time and gas money — of working from home, Axios' Sam Baker and Simran Parwani report.

What's happening: Every state has more remote workers now than in 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • And even after two years, the trend line is barely moving, according to Census figures.

Zoom in: Before 2019, over 5% of North Texans worked from home. By late 2020, more than 20% of workers were working remotely.

  • The percentage dropped to 18% last year but was 3% higher than in the rest of the country.

The bottom line: Companies are trying to find a balance between remote and in-person work.

What we're watching: How remote work could change our downtowns.

3. 🍺 Local breweries earn Great American Beer honors

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Two North Texas breweries medaled at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver over the weekend.

Why it matters: This is the premier U.S. beer contest, and the competition for the best brews has gotten stiff.

Who won: Bankhead Brewing Co. in Rowlett won gold in the Bock category for its Hootenanny, and bronze for its South German-style Hefeweizen named Hoofer's Hef.

  • Windmills at Grandscape won silver in the Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Stout category for its Black Market Liver.

The intrigue: Bankhead was inspired by Bankhead Highway, one of the country's first transcontinental highways that ran from Washington, D.C., to San Diego and passed through Rowlett.

  • Windmills, run by a "tech nerd from Texas," is also in India and offers music, beer and South Asian-inspired food.

Zoom out: Several breweries in the Austin and San Antonio areas also medaled this year.

  • The Real Ale Brewing Company in Blanco, a rural city west of Austin, also won prizes in two categories.

4. ğŸ—ž Burnt ends: Bite-sized news bits

We've seen the light. Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

📢 Four whistleblowers who worked for Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton are asking the state Supreme Court to revisit their case, saying Paxton hasn't met key parts of the settlement agreement. (Texas Tribune)

⚖️ Patrick Crusius has been ordered to pay more than $5.5 million in restitution to the families of the 23 people he killed in an El Paso Walmart in 2019 after driving from his Allen home to carry out the racist attack. (USA Today)

🥅 The Stars and Mavericks unveiled $20 million in upgrades to the American Airlines Center, including a larger video board that cost $10 million. (DMN)

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5. 🌮 One taco to go: El Mil

Beef cheek will absolutely send you. Photo: Courtesy of Diana Lynch

Today's taco-tasting adventure takes us to a great Mexican joint on the southside of Fort Worth.

  • El Mil does all the basics — burritos, tortas, quesadillas, fries — but you can't not try the excellent tacos.

What to order: Taco maiz, with barbacoa and pastor.

Where: El Mil Tacos, 4117 Hemphill St, Fort Worth.

Cost: $10 for four tacos.

Pro tip: If you're in Cowtown with some late-night hunger pangs, this place is open until midnight on weekdays and 3am on weekends.

Six-word review: Possibly the best barbacoa we've had.

🤔 Know a great taco we should try? Hit reply and let us know.

This newsletter was edited by Delano Massey and copy edited by Judith Isacoff and Yasmeen Altaji.

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