The United Auto Workers (UAW) labor union has announced that workers at Stellantis’ Sterling Heights Assembly Plant (SHAP) have been called on to strike as of Monday morning. The Stellantis SHAP facility is the automaker’s largest plant and its biggest moneymaker, producing the light-duty Ram 1500 pickup truck. The new strike adds a further 6,800 union members to the picket line, with roughly 40,000 members currently striking following an initial round of strike targets announced last month.
“Despite having the highest revenue, the highest profits (North American and global), the highest profit margins, and the most cash in reserve, Stellantis lags behind both Ford and General Motors in addressing the demands of their UAW workforce,” the union writes in a statement. “Currently, Stellantis has the worst proposal on the table regarding wage progression, temporary worker pay and conversion to full-time, cost-of-living adjustments (COLA), and more.”
Last week, UAW President Shawn Fain delivered a summary of contract negotiations with the Big Three Detroit automakers (GM, Ford, and Stellantis), detailing the latest contract offers from each. The union has yet to agree to any of the current proposals, but did highlight which automakers offered the best proposals with regard to wage tiers, cost of living allowance (COLA), temp employees, and more. The latest strike expansion against Stellantis follows a shift in the UAW’s “Stand Up Strike” strategy, with the union now calling for walkouts with little prior notice. The union previously announced strike expansions on Fridays.
The UAW announced its initial round of strikes on September 15th following the expiration of the previous labor contracts, marking the first time that the union has called for strikes at all three of the Big Detroit automakers simultaneously. The union has expanded its strikes on several occasions since. The union’s strategy calls for workers at certain facilities to walkout as needed, rather than all union members all at once, which is believed to provide union negotiators with greater flexibility. The UAW represents 150,000 workers across all three makes.