Oct 12, 2023

8,700 workers down tools at Ford's biggest plant

The United Auto Workers union has expanded its ongoing strike by shutting down Ford's biggest plant. The UAW said 8,700 workers walked out of the truck plant in Kentucky, in response to Ford refusing to move further in contract bargaining. The UAW membership represents more than 400,000 active workers across a wide range of sectors, including hospitals and universities. With Wednesday's walkout, which has halted production of lucrative pickup trucks, about a fifth of the auto workers have now downed tools. Two weeks ago, US President Joe Biden became the first sitting US president to visit their picket line to back striking cars workers in Michigan, where he said the workers "Deserve" raises and other concessions they are seeking.

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