The United Automobile Workers union on Monday included a massive Ram pickup truck plant in Michigan, which employs 6,800 workers, in its strike against the Big Three U.S. automakers.
Union workers walked out of a Stellantis-owned plant in Sterling Heights, Michigan on Monday morning, in the latest effort by the UAW to pressure the company to give union members higher wages and better benefits.
“Stellantis has the worst offer on the table with regard to wage increases, temporary employee pay and conversion to full-time, cost-of-living adjustments and much more,” the UAW said in a statement.
In the first six months of this year, Stellantis posted profits of nearly $12 billion, more than the combined profits of General Motors and Ford Motor Company.
The plant, located about 25 miles north of Detroit, makes Ram 1500 pickup trucks, a big moneymaker for Stellantis.
A total of about 40,000 workers at Ford, GM and Stellantis are on strike across the country. Unions are on strike at Ford plants in Michigan, Kentucky and Chicago; a plant and Stellantis-owned spare-part warehouse in Ohio; and two GM-owned plants and warehouses in Michigan and Missouri.
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