UAW President Shawn Fain greets members attending a rally in support of the labor union strike at the UAW Local 551 hall on the South Side on Oct. 7, 2023 in Chicago, Illinois. Credit: Jim Vondruska / Getty

The United Auto Workers union expanded its strike action against against Detroit Three automakers on Wednesday to include 8,700 members at the Ford Kentucky Truck Plant in a move the car giant denounced as “grossly irresponsible.”

Why it matters: The union said in an online post that the surprise move marked a “new phase” in its action against Ford, General Motors and Stellantis as the strike nears its fourth week. Previous strike expansions “occurred at a deadline set in advance by the union,” per the UAW.

  • The plant is Ford’s most profitable, with $25 billion in annual revenue or roughly one sixth of the firm’s automotive revenue worldwide, Reuters notes.

What they’re saying: “It’s time for a fair contract at Ford and the rest of the Big Three,” UAW President Shawn Fain said in a statement.

  • “If they can’t understand that after […]
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