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Friday, September 15, 2023


by Matt Witt

U.A.W. Halts Work at 3 Plants in Contract Fight With Automakers 
Ford, General Motors and Stellantis have all raised their pay raise proposals since their opening bids—but to no more than 20%, just half of the union's 40% ask, Fain said. The companies have also rejected the union's pension and retiree healthcare proposals, according to [UAW President Shawn] Fain. Other economic issues, including cost of living adjustments and profit sharing, remain points of contention. "We do not yet have offers on the table that reflect the sacrifice and contributions our members have made to these companies," Fain told union members. "To win, we'll likely have to take action." —NPR, September 13, 2023. "The Big Three CEOs saw their pay increase by 40% over the last four years, while our pay only went up by 6%," UAW President Shawn Fain said at a news conference last week. —NPR, September 14, 2023

I did a simple internet search
for “the major parts of a car”
And Google said the answer is
Transmission system,
Car body,
Steering system, and
Braking system.
It left out each worker’s
Nerves, and
Another search found that
auto workers suffer
injuries and illnesses
at more than twice the rate
of other private industry.
Maybe next I will search:
What is the true cost of a car?
Who pays the price?
And who gets the profits?

Matt Witt is a writer and photographer in Talent, Oregon. His work may be found at