The union announced that all 8,700 workers at Ford’s Kentucky assembly plant are walking off their jobs.
The auto strike in the United States worsened unexpectedly on Wednesday when the union United Auto Workers (UAW) expected strike in one of the main assembly plants of Ford in the United States.
UAW, which on September 15 began a progressive and simultaneous strike at the workplaces ofand General Motors (GM), Ford and Stellantis in the US, notice that from 18.30 local time (22.30 GMT) on Wednesday, the 8,700 Kentucky Assembly Plant Workers They will leave their positions.
The plant shutdown affected production of the F Series Super Duty pickup truck models as well as the Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUVs, which some of Ford’s most profitable vehicles.
Ford estimates it at 25 billion dollars (approx 23,533 million euros) is the annual revenue generated by the Kentucky plant.
The UAW recognized that the Kentucky plant strike was uA “surprise” that started a new phase of the labor conflict which erupted in mid-September due to the lack of agreement for the signing of a new collective agreement.
“We are very clear and we have been waiting a long time but “Ford didn’t get the message,” stated in a statement Shawn Fain, the president of the UAW.
“If they don’t understand it after four weeks, the strike of 8,700 workers at this incredibly profitable plant will help you understand this,” Aadi Good.
Ford described the decision to shut down the Kentucky plant as “irresponsible” and said it was the result of the UAW’s strategy of damage the reputation of the big three US automakers and caused “industrial unrest.”
“In addition to affecting approx 9,000 direct jobs at the plant, “This stoppage will create painful effects, including putting at risk about a dozen other Ford operations and many other suppliers that together employ more than 100,000 people,” the company added.
The strike began on September 15 with walkouts at three of Detroit’s Big Three auto assembly plants, as GM, Ford and Stellantis are known. This is the first time in history that the UAW has called a progressive and simultaneous strike at GM, Ford and Stellantis.
Every week since that date, the UAW has extended the strikes that will continue until Wednesday 25,000 workers and 43 work centers, between assembly plants and spare parts distribution centers.
The UAW noted that this progressive strategy, which is also the first in the history of the union, keeps companies guessing about the next steps.