Talks between the Detroit Three automakers and the United Auto Workers continued Sunday with 12,700 staff at three crops nonetheless strolling picket traces.
UAW President Shawn Fain appeared on MSNBC Sunday morning and “Face the Nation” on CBS after NBC reported that President Joe Biden is sending a staff to Detroit early this week to assist resolve the strike.
“The good thing that I see in all this is our members are out there manning the picket lines with our allies, and this really to me isn’t about the president or the former president … this is about working-class people standing up,” Fain stated on MSNBC.
He added “progress is slow” within the talks, however the union and General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co. and Stellantis NV are assembly Sunday.
“I don’t really want to say we’re closer,” he stated.
The union is looking for vital wage will increase, an finish to a tiered wage system and cost-of-living changes, amongst different calls for. Specifically, the UAW initially proposed 46% wage will increase over the size of the contract (40% when not compounded). A subsequent supply decreased that to 36% not compounded.
On “Face the Nation,” Fain stated Stellantis’ latest 21% wage improve supply is “definitely a no-go and we made that very clear to the companies.”
Ahead of the 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14 Detroit Three-UAW contracts expiration, Fain known as for a focused strike at three crops: GM’s Wentzville Assembly in Missouri, Stellantis’ Toledo Assembly in Ohio and Ford’s Michigan Assembly in Wayne. Fain might name extra staff to stroll out at completely different crops relying on how talks proceed. This is the primary time in its historical past the UAW has known as a strike towards all three automakers concurrently.
On Saturday, the UAW stated it had “reasonably productive” talks with Ford whereas Stellantis accused the union of mischaracterizing its presents. The Ram truck and Jeep maker stated it supplied the UAW almost 21% compounded wage improve and a pathway to “resolve” Belvidere Assembly Plant, the previous Jeep Cherokee manufacturing facility in north central Illinois that was idled on the finish of February, however that the proposal was solely on the desk till the contract expired at midnight Thursday.
Fain known as the transfer proof the corporate sees staff as “a bargaining chip.”