UAW to strike at more US auto plants if no progress made by Friday

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DETROIT - The United Auto Workers (UAW) union said it would announce on Friday more plants to strike if no serious progress was made in talks with Ford, General Motors and Chrysler-parent Stellantis, adding to pressure on the Detroit Three automakers.

The UAW last week launched a targeted strike against Ford, GM and Stellantis, targeting one US assembly plant at each company. Some 12,700 workers are striking at the three US plants in one of the most ambitious US industrial labour actions in decades.

Ford also faces a total strike at its smaller Canadian operations if no agreement is reached on Monday evening with the union representing about 5,600 Canadian auto workers.

“We’re not going to keep waiting around forever while they drag this out,” UAW president Shawn Fain said in a video message late on Monday setting the new deadline after complaining about a lack of progress in recent talks. “We’re not messing around.”

Canadian union Unifor, whose contract with Ford expires at 0359 GMT on Tuesday, said there was still no deal just hours before the deadline.

Ford has two engine plants in Canada that build V-8 motors for F-series and Super Duty pickups assembled in the United States. It also has an assembly plant in Ontario.

A walkout by Canadian workers that shut down those engine plants could cripple US production of Ford’s most profitable vehicles, even if the UAW decides not to order walkouts at truck plants in Kentucky; Dearborn, Michigan; and Kansas City, Missouri.

“Ours is a small but highly consequential footprint for Ford operations in North America and this is our leverage, and we will use it,” Mr Payne said.

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said it was premature to forecast the strike’s impact on the economy, which would depend on how long the action lasted and what was affected.

The strikes have halted production at plants in Michigan, Ohio and Missouri that produce the Ford Bronco, Jeep Wrangler ...

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