UAW’s Bold Move as 7,000 Members Hit the Brakes at Stellantis’s Top Plant

In a climate where the rich keep zooming by in their lavish rides, the working class is throwing down the gauntlet and demanding change, turbocharged by solidarity and justice. Grabbing the corporate world by the gears, United Auto Workers (UAW) decided it was time to shift into high resistance. With the spirit of defiance in the air, nearly 7,000 workers revved up the movement by walking out of Stellantis’s crown jewel in Michigan, the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant (SHAP) – where the much-hyped Ram 1500 comes to life.

So, why the sudden brake slam, you ask? Well, it seems Stellantis, swimming Scrooge McDuck-style in an $18 billion revenue pool (a roaring 26% climb from 2021, mind you), has been all talk and no action. Despite holding the trophy for highest profits, margins, and cash reserves, they’ve lagged catastrophically in addressing the demands of their hardworking UAW workforce. Think worst proposals on wage progression, temporary worker compensation, full-time conversions, cost-of-living adjustments – the whole nine yards.

The walkout didn’t just happen in a vacuum. It’s the latest spark in a wildfire of strikes, pushing the total number of UAW members grinding the Big Three U.S. automakers to a halt to an astonishing 40,000. These workers are making it clear: the road to change is here, and they’re driving it.

Now, this isn’t just about numbers on a paycheck. It’s a fight for dignity. It’s challenging a system where Stellantis’s CEO pockets a cool $25 million, which, for those counting, is a jaw-dropping 365 times more than the average employee earns. UAW President Shawn Fain, fueled by the fervor of the striking workers outside SHAP, declared it’s time for workers to get their fair slice of the pie.

But wait, the plot thickens. Just last week, Fain revved up the stakes, revealing that the Big Three raised their pay raise offers to 23% from a meager 9%. However, UAW won’t settle for cruise control—they’re pushing for a 36% wage increase over a four-year contract, substantial benefit enhancements, and solid union safeguards for the folks in the electric vehicle battery plants.

In a turn that can only be described as cold, Stellantis has reportedly shoved all proposals to boost retiree pay to the sidelines. They’ve also dodged meeting the union’s criteria on temporary worker compensation and wage advancements. But the UAW isn’t tapping the brakes. As Fain asserted, unity is their horsepower, and they’re all set to not just win a good contract, but one that marks a paradigm shift.

This battle isn’t just for a contract; it’s for the soul of the American workforce. It’s a rallying cry that echoes beyond the auto industry, reverberating in the hearts of every worker who’s had it with the status quo. It’s workers driving home the message: they refuse to be side passengers in their journey to justice. They’re in the driver’s seat, accelerating towards a future where dignity, fairness, and equality aren’t just bumper sticker slogans but the very roads on which America travels. So, buckle up, corporate giants; the workers are coming, and they’re driving at full throttle!