8:03 p.m. ET, September 15, 2023
UAW president says 80% of union demands have been left off proposals from big 3 automakers
Proposals from the big three automakers haven’t addressed 80% of UAW member demands, UAW President Shawn Fain said following a UAW rally on Friday.
“80% of our demands, 80% of our member demands were left off of their proposals, they fall way short of where they need to be,” Fain said.
Strikes at more plants are possible, Fain added, citing the ongoing negotiations.
“It could be in a day, it could be in a week, it just depends on how things progress or don’t progress,” he said.
CNN’s Vanessa Yurkevich told Fain that Ford announced they will lay off 600 workers and GM will idle about 2,000 workers starting next week. Yurkevich asked if they will get strike pay given some of those individuals are not eligible for supplemental pay from the companies and some may not be eligible for unemployment, either.
“Our members are going to be taken care of, no matter what happens,” Fain said. “We have their back and they have our back.”
Yurkevich pressed for more details on how, financially, the workers would be taken care of but Fain didn’t provide an answer.
Fain was asked if the Biden administration would help or hurt the union’s cause.
“I’m not worried about the Biden administration right now, this is our job, this is our fight,” he said.
“We have been very clear about our demands and if the companies don’t come to the pump and deliver for these members and give them their fair share of economic and social justice, we’ll amp up the pressure, we’ll take more plants out.”
- CNN’s Kate Trafecante and Maria Sole Campinoti contributed to this alert