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Labor News: UAW Ramps Up Strike; Kaiser Permanente Health Workers Inch Closer to Major Strike

HeadlineOct 02, 2023

In labor news, United Auto Workers ramped up their strike Friday, as union president Shawn Fain called on 7,000 more workers at a Ford and a General Motors plant to walk off the job.

Shawn Fain: “We’re still talking with all three companies, and I’m still very hopeful that we can reach a deal that reflects the incredible sacrifices and contributions our members have made over the last decade. But I also know that what we win at the bargaining table depends on the power we build on the job. It’s time to use that power.”

It’s the second escalation since the strike against Ford, GM and Stellantis began two weeks ago. Amid skyrocketing CEO compensation, workers are asking for a 40% raise, better benefits and an end to tiered wages. Separately, some 4,000 UAW members who work for Volvo’s Mack Trucks plants in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Florida agreed to a tentative deal, staving off a possible strike.

Meanwhile, 75,000 healthcare workers for Kaiser Permanente could go on strike from Wednesday through the end of the week, after their contract expired over the weekend. Talks have failed to yield a new agreement as workers seek higher pay, better staffing and improvements in their pension plans and other benefits. The strike would affect Kaiser workers in California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

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