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For the very first time in history, the United Auto Workers (UAW) union has initiated simultaneous strikes against all three major automakers, as they were unable to reach an agreement on a new contract before the Thursday 11:59 p.m. deadline.

However, it’s important to note that not all of the nearly 150,000 union members employed by these automakers are participating in the strike. Instead, the strike is being executed selectively, with employees from specific Midwest auto plants taking the lead. These plants include a General Motors assembly facility in Wentzville, Missouri, a Stellantis assembly plant in Toledo, Ohio, and a section of a Ford plant in Wayne, Michigan. This strategy is called the “stand up strike” approach.

General Motors (GM) presented an unpreceded proposal to the UAW encompassing historic wage increases and significant manufacturing commitments. The outcome of these labor negotiations has the potential to significantly impact on our regional economy because of the GM Lansing Grand River and Lansing Delta Assembly facilities.

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