The UAW on Friday said it's expanding its strike against the Detroit 3, now entering its third week, to two more assembly plants.
UAW President Shawn Fain said a General Motors plant outside Lansing, Mich., and Ford Motor Co.'s Chicago Assembly Plant joined the strike Friday at noon Eastern time. They employ about 7,000 people building the Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Enclave, Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator.
Fain spared Stellantis after the company made "significant progress" moments before the broadcast, on a number of items, including topics related to cost-of-living adjustments, right to strike over plant closures and outsourcing moratoriums.
The escalation brings the total number of workers on strike against the Detroit 3 to about 25,000, or 17 percent of the UAW's membership at the automakers.
"Our courageous members at these two plants are the next wave of reinforcements in our fight for record contracts," Fain said on a Facebook broadcast Friday morning. "Our strategy is working."