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UAW breaks pattern of adding factories to strikes on Fridays, says more plants could come any time
The United Auto Workers union isn’t adding any factories to those that are now on strike, but its president says more walkouts could begin at any moment
DETROIT (AP) — The United Auto Workers union isn't adding any factories to those that are now on strike, but its president says walkouts could be added at any moment.
Until this week the union had been announcing additional factories on Fridays. But UAW President Shawn Fain told workers in a live video appearance that the companies started gaming the system, waiting until Fridays to make progress in bargaining.
“We will be calling out plants when we need to, where we need to, with little notice,” Fain said on Friday morning. “We're not sticking to one pattern or one system of giving these companies an extra hour or an extra day. They know what needs to happen and they know how to get it done.”
Fain said the union is still bargaining hard with General Motors and Jeep maker Stellantis. But he criticized Ford, which said Thursday that it had reached the limit of how much money it will spend to settle the strike.