CHICAGO, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- There is still "a long way to go" before tentative labor agreements can be reached between the big three U.S. automakers and the Detroit-based United Auto Workers (UAW) to end the strike which has entered the fourth day, said UAW President Shawn Fain Monday.
"We've put full offers to all three companies before the strike deadline, and we've really had minimal conversations over the weekend," Fain said.
The union met with Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co. over the weekend, and with Stellantis on Monday, yielding no results.
Fain said 20-percent not-compounded wage increases offered by the automakers "is not enough," after what the union sacrificed to save the companies during the Great Recession and bankruptcies. The union had requested 40-percent not-compounded or 46-percent compounded wage increases, and now is asking for a 36-percent wage increase over four years.
The elimination of tiers wage remains one of the key issues, Fain said. The automakers have suggested reducing the timeline to get to the top wage to four years, down from eight, while the UAW wants it to take just 90 days.
The previous contracts between the big three automakers and the union workers expired at midnight on Thursday. A total of 12,900 workers at a Ford plant in Wayne, Michigan, a Stellantis NV plant in Toledo, Ohio and a GM plant in Wentzville, Missouri, immediately went on strike.
The union has threatened that more plants could join the strike based on how talks continue. Nevertheless, Fain refrained from stating how soon that could be. ■