21 Jun, 2024

UAW: 13,000 auto workers go on strike. What’s at stake

DETROIT (AP) — About 13,000 auto workers have walked off the job at three targeted factories after their union leaders couldn’t reach a deal with Detroit’s automakers.

The United Auto Workers union is seeking big raises and better benefits from General Motors, Ford and Stellantis. They want to get back concessions that the workers made years ago, when the companies were in financial trouble.

A small percentage of the union’s 146,000 members walked off the job at a GM assembly plant in Wentzville, Missouri; a Ford factory in Wayne, Michigan, near Detroit; and a Stellantis Jeep plant in Toledo, Ohio, at 11:59 pm Eastern time on Thursday.

Shawn Fain, the combative president of the UAWsays the targeted strikes will give the union leverage in contract talks and keep the auto companies guessing about their next move.

It could also make the union’s $825 million strike fund last much longer.

Both sides began exchanging wage and benefit proposals last week. Although some incremental progress appears to have been made — General Motors made a new, richer offer just hours before the strike deadline — it was not enough to avoid walkouts. The strike could cause significant disruptions to auto production

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New Year, New Cars: What’s Coming In 2024

The Polestar 3 and 4 are slated to join Polestar’s all-electric lineup after some delays. Polestar

It’s time to look ahead and hope that all the talk about new electric SUVs, more hybrids and electrified versions of classics (Range Rover and Cadillac Escalade come to mind) comes to fruition, despite most carmakers scaling back production and electrification goals in the second half of this year.

2023 was mostly disappointed with delays and broken promises, but some of last year’s hopefuls should put it into production and drive ways in the next 12 months. We’ve compiled the top all-new cars that are expected to make it off the internet and onto the road before 2025.

Many production promises are hanging in the balance for 2024 (like the new Lucid Gravity SUV that optimistically plans to start building the cars before the year’s end) but we don’t expect customers to receive those vehicles until well into 2025. These are the cars that should make delivery at some point in the new year.

Chevrolet Blazer EV

2024 Chevy Blazer EV
Sasha Lekach

The timing isn’t great with Chevy putting a stop-sale order in place at the end of December for already released Chevy Blazer EVs due to

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