Workers Strike All 3 Detroit Automakers; 1st Time Ever – RVBusiness – Breaking RV Industry News

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United Auto Workers members walk in the Labor Day parade in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

DETROIT — About 13,000 U.S. auto workers stopped making vehicles and went on strike Friday after their leaders couldn’t bridge a giant gap between union demands in contract talks and what Detroit’s three automakers are willing to pay, according to an Associated Press report.

Members of the United Auto Workers union began picketing at a General Motors assembly plant in Wentzville, Missouri; a Ford factory in Wayne, Michigan, near Detroit; and a Stellantis Jeep plant in Toledo, Ohio.

It was the first time in the union’s 88-year history that it walked out on all three companies simultaneously as four-year contracts expired at 11:59 p.m. Thursday.