This is a strike of rare magnitude in the American automobile sector. Friday, September 15, at midnight, the American Auto Workers Union launched a simultaneous strike at three major factorieswhile salary negotiations were still deadlocked when the collective agreement expired.
“For the first time in our history, we will strike among the three members of the “Big Three””, declared the president of the United Auto Workers union. The three factories involved – Ford, Stellantis and General Motors – which employ a total of around 12,700 people, are essential to the production of some of the best-selling models by the three manufacturers. The consulting firm Anderson Economic Group estimates that a ten-day strike could represent more than $5 billion (4.69 billion euros) in lost revenue for the American economy.