Strike Threat Confronts Kansas City

It was easy to write-off striking workers in Hollywood but an autoworker strike might hit locals where it hurts . . . In their car. 

Moreover . . . With two major auto manufacturing plants in the Kansas City metro . . . A historic strike would CERTAINLY impact the local discourse.  

Still, there's a bigger picture coming into focus . . .

Read the deets closely, this strike seems like part of the effort to redefine work and raise demands for labor across the nation. 

If this strike happens . . . It could be part of another paradigm shift that transforms the American workplace.

For now, this paragraph sums it up best . . . 

The UAW strike is not only about raising individual standards of living but also looking forward to the effect that technology could have on jobs in that sector. As the industry shifts from combustion engines to battery-powered electric cars, manufacturing will need fewer workers with different skills, as Michigan State University professor of employment relations Peter Berg told Michigan State University Today.

The moment is right for labor to try and claw back losses of the past few decades and try to gain protection and benefits for the future; there is a tight labor market, an aging workforce, high consumer demand, and political and popular support for trade unions. “These strike actions on the part of labor unions [are saying], ‘Alright, we have to renegotiate the fundamentals of how work is done,’” Berg said, and “using their power to redefine the working conditions going forward.”

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What a UAW strike could mean for labor

Auto workers at the "Detroit Three" auto companies could stop work on September 14.

32-hour work week, double-digit wage increases among 'ambitious list' of UAW demands for Big 3

Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis collectively made $20.7 billion in net profits in the first half of this year - a core part of the argument the UAW's president will use during negotiations.

UAW pushes for 4-day workweek - Marketplace

The UAW recently voted to authorize a strike. Among their demands is a transition to a 32-hour workweek at full-time pay.

Uncertainty surrounds UAW-automaker negotiations, but local union leaders say a strike is likely

General Motors workers in Fort Wayne and more than 100,000 union auto workers nationwide voted to authorize a strike last week. To prevent a strike from actually happening, the big three major automakers and the United Auto Workers must reach tentative contract agreements by September 14.

UAW votes to authorize a strike if no deal reached with Big 3 US automakers

The UAW voted to authorize a strike against the Big Three U.S. automakers -- General Motors, Ford and Stellantis -- if no deal is reached amid contract negotiations.

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