LOUISVILLE, Ky. – In an unannounced move, 8,700 UAW members walked off the job today at 6:30 p.m. ET, shutting down Ford Motor Company’s iconic and extremely profitable Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville. The strike was called by UAW President Shawn Fain and Vice President Chuck Browning after Ford refused to make further movement in bargaining.
The surprise move marks a new phase in the UAW’s Stand Up Strike. Previous expansions of the strike occurred at a deadline set in advance by the union. The move comes one day before the four-week mark since contracts expired at Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis.
“We have been crystal clear, and we have waited long enough, but Ford has not gotten the message,” said UAW President Shawn Fain. “It’s time for a fair contract at Ford and the rest of the Big Three. If they can’t understand that after four weeks, the 8,700 workers shutting down this extremely profitable plant will help them understand it.”
Local 862 members at Kentucky Truck Plant make the Ford Super Duty pickups as well as the Ford Expedition and the Lincoln Navigator.
President Fain will host a Facebook Live at 10 a.m. on Friday, October 13 to give bargaining updates and take further action if needed.