UAW hits Ford with a surprise strike of nearly 9,000 workers in Kentucky

UAW hits Ford with a surprise strike of nearly 9,000 workers in Kentucky


UAW President Shawn Fain called for a surprise strike of an estimated 9,000 workers late Wednesday at the Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville, the Detroit Free Press confirmed.

Todd Dunn, president of UAW Local 862, told the Free Press at 6:10 p.m. he had been called into a meeting and was preparing to walk out the workers shortly. The work shift began at 6 p.m., he said.

“We’re meeting right now as we speak,” he said. “We’re being chosen to be the next arm of leverage in an international strike. We’re being called on by our leadership. It’s time to stand up and do our duty.”

Dunn told the Free Press his 9,000 or so UAW members have long prepared for this moment and are ready to do what’s required to help the strike succeed.

United Auto Workers Union President Shawn Fain speaks to members of Local 862 at a rally in Louisville, Ky., on Aug. 24, 2023. The demands that a more combative United Auto Workers union has made of General Motors, Stellantis and Ford — demands that even the UAW's president has called “audacious” — are edging it closer to a strike when its current contract ends Sept. 14.

With little warning, thousands of workers left their jobs at 6:30 p.m., after union officials went around the plant at 6:25 p.m., shut off the line and told workers to walk out peacefully, a source inside the plant confirmed to the Free Press.

Kentucky Truck builds the Ford F-Series Super Duty, Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator. Super Duty is among the most profitable products the Dearborn automaker sells.


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