United Auto Workers Go on Strike

[photo courtesy: United Auto Workers Twitter]

ARLINGTON (WBAP/KLIF News ) – The United Auto Workers union made good on its promise to strike against the three car manufacturer giants if the two sides couldn’t agree on a new contract.

The UAW staged a stand-up protest Thursday night after months of deliberations over worker demands weren’t met.

The union represents almost 150,000 workers across General Motors, Ford and Stellantis. The strike impacted plants in Missouri, Michigan and Ohio.

They’re asking for wage increases to keep up with inflation, four-day work weeks and the restoration of benefits like pensions for new hires.

The situation has some wondering whether the GM Assembly Plant in Arlington, Tarrant County’s third largest employer with 5,000 workers, may go on strike.

United Auto Workers Local 276 hasn’t joined the strike just yet but leaders say they’re prepared.

Local 276 President Keith Crowell told our media partner WFAA TV automakers owe it to workers to increase their pay.

“We make the most profit for GM out of all the assemblies in the country, this plant right here,” he said. “I don’t want to strike. Strikes are hard. It takes a toll on all our families.”

UAW Local 276 does have signs and supplies on hand.

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