Auto Workers' Union Calls Ford Talks Productive as Strike Continues

The striking auto workers' union says its recent Ford discussions were positive.  

The United Auto Workers said Saturday it had “reasonably productive conversations” with Ford as its limited strike against the Big 3 automakers entered its second day.  

The union is trying to negotiate better compensation with Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis in an industry.  

Stellantis disclosed its latest wage offer to the union on Saturday, which was comparable to its competitors.   

Chrysler's owner stated their offer would raise hourly salaries by about 21%, with a 10% increase if ratified.  

This is below the 36% increase over four years the UAW wants, coupled with other demands that will raise auto company costs.  

Stellantis COO for North America Mark Stewart termed it part of a “really competitive” overall strategy.  

Stewart also suggested a remedy for a Belvidere, Illinois, facility that has been idled, a major union concern.  

After the strike deadline expired, the offer was no longer available. Stewart declined to discuss the concept.  

Some automakers have urged non-striking workers not to come to work, including 600 at a Ford facility on Friday.  

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