The United Auto Workers (UAW) labor union has expanded its strike against General Motors, this time calling on workers at the GM Arlington plant in Texas to walk out. The GM Arlington plant is considered the most-profitable auto plant in the world, producing The General’s full-size SUV models, including the Cadillac Escalade, Chevy Suburban, Chevy Tahoe, and GMC Yukon. The strike was announced mere hours after the release of General Motors’ third-quarter earnings report, which was highlighted by $44.1 billion in revenue, net income attributable to stockholders of $3.1 billion and EBIT-adjusted of $3.6 billion.
“Another record quarter, another record year,” said UAW President Shawn Fain. “As we’ve said for months: record profits equal record contracts. It’s time GM workers, and the whole working class, get their fair share.”
The strike at the Arlington facility adds a further 5,000 workers to the UAW picket lines. It’s estimated that more than 45,000 UAW workers are now on strike across the Big Three Detroit automakers (General Motors, Ford, and Stellantis). The UAW represents 150,000 workers across all three makes. The union is currently employing a targeted strike strategy wherein workers at certain facilities are called on to walkout, as opposed to all workers at all facilities, all at once.
The UAW announced its initial round of strike targets on September 15th following the expiration of the previous labor contracts, marking the first time the union has called for strikes at all three of the Big Detroit automakers simultaneously. The UAW has expanded its strike against the Big Three on several occasions since, most recently targeting Stellantis’ Sterling Heights Assembly Plant (SHAP) and Ford’s Kentucky Truck plant.
The UAW says the decision to strike at the GM Arlington plant is based on slowing progress in the contract negotiations, with the union citing General Motors’ proposed two-tier wage progression, low 401(k) contribution offer, and deficient COLA (cost of living allowance) among the proposed contract shortcomings.