Workers across industries are taking a hard stance against companies for better pay and working conditions, leading to a surge in strikes and support for organized labor, with more than 320,000 workers participating in at least 230 strikes so far in 2023, according to data from Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations.
The United Auto Workers union and three Detroit automakers are facing a looming strike as contract negotiations stall, potentially impacting the U.S. economy and the companies' profits amid the shift to electric vehicles and demands for improved wages and benefits.
Labor Day marks the end of summer and highlights the recent wave of strikes and labor actions occurring across various industries as workers demand better pay and working conditions amidst challenges like AI and climate change.
US unions have experienced a surge in strikes over the past year, with major victories and defeats, as workers leverage low unemployment and a favorable public opinion toward unions to demand better pay, benefits, and working conditions.
Labor unions across the United States, from UPS employees to United Autoworkers, are demanding better working conditions and higher wages due to increased workloads and insufficient pay, leading to an increase in strikes.
Trade unions in the US are experiencing a resurgence, with an increase in strikes and rising public support, and this is now extending to American firms abroad, as workers at Chevron plants in Australia consider going on strike.
Workers in the United States are increasingly engaging in strikes and labor unrest, with 16 major strikes occurring in the country so far this year, the highest number since 2005, posing potential challenges for American businesses both domestically and abroad, as demonstrated by the threat of a strike at Chevron's plants in Australia.
Approximately 146,000 U.S. auto workers are poised to go on strike if General Motors, Ford, and Stellantis fail to meet their demands for substantial pay raises and restored benefits, potentially causing significant disruptions in auto production and impacting the U.S. economy.
The United Auto Workers and the "Big Three" U.S. automakers are negotiating a new labor contract, with the possibility of a strike looming and workers demanding a 20% raise and other benefits, which could potentially impact the Michigan economy and lead to costlier electric vehicles.
Many on Wall Street believe that potential strikes by United Auto Workers against Detroit automakers are manageable and may even present investment opportunities, with some estimating that the companies can handle work stoppages and expected labor cost increases.
A potential strike by the United Auto Workers could have wide-ranging economic impacts, including higher car prices and job losses at suppliers, with a prolonged strike even potentially pushing the economy toward a recession.
With less than 24 hours left before current strikes expire, the United Auto Workers' union and the Detroit Big 3 automakers have not yet reached a deal, but the union has started laying out its strike plan, which includes striking at a small number of plants and potentially adding more locations if bargaining doesn't progress satisfactorily.
The strike by United Auto Workers against the Big 3 carmakers has sparked concern among stock-market investors over the impact on the economy, supply chains, and corporate profits.
The auto workers' strike, although currently limited in its impact, could have significant growth implications if it expands and persists, potentially causing a 1.7 percentage point quarterly hit to GDP and complicating policymaking for the Federal Reserve.
The United Auto Workers strike presents a risk to the U.S. economy, but it also demonstrates that workers are advocating for their fair share in a strong macroeconomy, according to Council of Economic Advisers Chair Jared Bernstein.
The United Auto Workers' targeted strikes have a limited current impact on the U.S. economy, but the possibility of a full walkout could have significant economic costs for auto giants Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis.
The ongoing United Auto Workers strike against the Big Three automakers could result in gains for Tesla and foreign automakers as Ford, GM, and Stellantis face challenges in transitioning to electric vehicles and potentially raising prices, according to Wedbush analysts.
The number of workers going on strike in 2023 has increased significantly compared to previous years, with rising income inequality being a major factor driving this trend.