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*** UPDATED x1 *** Illinois *not* spared from expanded UAW strike

Friday, Sep 22, 2023 - Posted by Rich Miller

* Illinois has just 5,621 UAW members in the auto industry, according to a recent analysis by Fitch Ratings. All those members work for Ford. The Stellantis plant has been at least temporarily shuttered. From the AP today

Another 5,600 additional workers joined the strike on top of the 13,000 of the 146,000 members that began the strike one week ago.

Ford was spared additional strikes because the company has met some of the union’s demands during negotiations over the past week, said UAW President Shawn Fain.

“We’ve made some real progress at Ford,” Fain said during an online presentation to union members. “We still have serious issues to work through, but we do want to recognize that Ford is showing that they are serious about reaching a deal.”

* Meanwhile, Fitch also looked at the effects of a UAW strike on state budgets

A forecast prepared by the University of Michigan’s Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics (RSQE) estimated roughly $180 million of tax revenue losses for Michigan resulting from a 10-week strike involving all UAW members across OEMs, would be well within the state’s ability to manage without credit deterioration. Assuming the UAW strike remains limited, Fitch anticipates state tax and local income tax revenue losses will be substantially less than the RSQE’s initial forecast. In addition, UAW has $825 million in a strike fund that could pay wages and health benefits for all UAW workers for about 11 weeks, according to the RSQE. [Emphasis added.]

*** UPDATE *** Welp, turns out Illinois wasn’t spared after all. The headline has been changed as a result. From the Illinois AFL-CIO…

Illinois AFL-CIO President Tim Drea and Secretary-Treasurer Pat Devaney Issue Statement on UAW Strike Expansion to Illinois

“Today’s announcement of UAW members striking at parts distribution centers at General Motors and Stellantis in Chicago and Bolingbrook is a significant turning point in the union’s ‘stand-up strike.’

The ‘stand-up strike’ movement is not just about the Big Three automakers – it is about working people standing up to corporate greed.

These fights are rooted in the same struggle that workers all over this country are engaged in—and they are making it clear that it’s time to put an end to an economy that has been rigged against working people for decades.

The Illinois AFL-CIO stands with the UAW every single day until they get the fair contract they so justly deserve.”

* From ABC 7, the impact is pretty small

Among the facilities joining the strike are a GM facility in Bolingbrook and a Stellantis facility in Naperville.

Approximately 5,625 additional workers will join the strike, with about 100 workers at the Bolingbrook facility and 100 at the Naperville facility.

       

8 Comments
  1. - Donnie Elgin - Friday, Sep 22, 23 @ 11:01 am:

    Illinois spared from expanded UAW strike

    There is a small impact at two IL locations starting today…

    “additional workers will join the strike, with about 100 workers at the Bolingbrook facility and 100 at the Naperville facility”

    https://abc7chicago.com/uaw-strike-update-news-united-auto-workers-2023-negotiations-ford-chicago-assembly-plant-stellantis-general-motors-gm-contract-union-layoffs-offer-talks-today/13813518/


  2. - Roadrager - Friday, Sep 22, 23 @ 11:04 am:

    Using strikebreakers’ tried-and-true strategies against them. The ol’ divide and conquer. I have no idea if this will get the UAW everything it wants (which, as a reminder, may differ from its stated demands,) but I love to see the fight.


  3. - Drury's Missing Clock - Friday, Sep 22, 23 @ 11:10 am:

    I’ve seen the 11 week strike fund stat a few times, but no estimates in how long it could last with the targeted shutdowns Fain is doing. Curious how long this could really go.


  4. - Donnie Elgin - Friday, Sep 22, 23 @ 11:15 am:

    UAW has $825 million in a strike fund that could pay wages and health benefits for all UAW workers for about 11 weeks

    That strike fund pays workers only $500 or $600/week.

    “How much is UAW Strike Assistance and how often is it paid? assistance is $500 per week ($100 per day, Mon-Fri). Strike assistance pay is available after the first day of the strike. A bonus check is paid the week prior to the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. For each day’s pay from the employer missed due to the strike (Monday through Friday), an eligible member shall receive one day’s Strike Assistance at the prorated daily amount”

    https://uaw.org/strike-faq-2/#:~:text=Weekly%20strike%20assistance%20is%20%24500,the%20Thanksgiving%20and%20Christmas%20holidays.


  5. - Pinkerton Detective - Friday, Sep 22, 23 @ 11:24 am:

    I know the GM facility in Bolingbrook supplies parts to the dealers. So this will likely grind warranty repairs to a halt at GM dealers.


  6. - Candy Dogood - Friday, Sep 22, 23 @ 11:51 am:

    Good.

    What a great opportunity for our state officials to demonstrate their support for unions and the rights of workers to unionize by joining a picket line that is part of a labor action that has national impacts.


  7. - Notorious JMB - Friday, Sep 22, 23 @ 12:24 pm:

    More Illinois impact as a result of the strike.

    https://thesouthern.com/us-steel-to-idle-blast-furnace-citing-auto-strike/article_c6e1f818-8b5c-5c65-9db7-b599eddc0f76.html


  8. - hisgirlfriday - Friday, Sep 22, 23 @ 3:04 pm:

    I hope the workers come out ahead in this.

    UAW was perceived to have “won” the recent strike at John Deere but they just announced layoffs in East Moline and lasrt year shipped a bunch of Iowa jobs to Mexico


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