Detroit Three Gird for Labor Clash as UAW Hikes Strike Pay

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An employee works on the line at the Ford Dearborn Truck Plant on September 27, 2018 in Dearborn, Michigan. Sean Proctor, Bloomberg News

Reprinted from The San Francisco Chronicle by David Welch and Gabrielle Coppola on March 11, 2019.

The United Auto Workers is increasing strike pay for members, a move that could give workers more incentive to stay on picket lines if there’s a walkout during potentially contentious negotiations with Detroit Three carmakers this year.

At the union’s bargaining convention starting Monday in Detroit, UAW President Gary Jones said strike pay will increase to $250 a week through the end of this year, from $200 a week previously. The union will start paying out to $275 a week starting in January.

The compensation would cushion the financial blow to UAW members if they decide to walk off the job, and serves as a warning shot to automakers that union workers are prepared for tough negotiations. General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles are slated to negotiate new four-year labor deals beginning this summer. …

SF Chronicle 3/11

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