The UAW’s historic Stand Up Strike against Ford, General Motors and Stellantis began on Sept. 15. With new leadership in the union, a historic transition to electric vehicles, and a massively profitable auto industry, the stakes are high.
The Stand Up Strike is a new approach to striking. It is the first time the union has struck all Big Three automakers at the same time. But instead of all 150,000 UAW autoworkers walking out at once, select locals have been called on to “Stand Up” and strike. When an automaker fails to make substantial progress in negotiations toward a fair contract, more locals are called on to Stand Up and join the strike.