With clock ticking, UAW makes plans to walk
Two hours before the deadline, UAW President Sean Fain told members to be prepared to strike.
“We will strike all three of the Big Three at once,” he said, adding that negotiations continue and a deal could still be reached before midnight
Biden in touch with UAW and auto companies
Hours before the deadline, the White House said that President Joe Biden had been in touch with Shawn Fain, President of UAW, as well as leaders of the major auto companies to discuss the status of ongoing negotiations.
The White House says the administration has been monitoring the economic implications of a possible strike.
Automakers push back
Ford, GM, and Stellantis have said they negotiated in good faith and have pushed back against union demands they say are excessive — in some cases warning that big pay hikes could cut into investments needed to make the transition to electric vehicles.