The United Auto Workers union has announced that it is expanding its nationwide strike against General Motors to include a major Ford truck plant in Kentucky.
UAW Local 862 in Louisville, Kentucky, said the move is in response to the Ford Motor Company’s refusal to come to the negotiating table for fair wages and job security.
The Louisville plant produces Ford F-Series Super Duty pickup trucks, as well as some of Ford’s most popular commercial vans.
UAW President Rory Gamble said in a statement that the strike is “a direct result of Ford’s failure to recognize and offer its workers a fair path to job security and economic stability.”
He added that, “It is time for Ford to come to the table and bargain with its workers in good faith so that production of the cutting-edge vehicles in Louisville can continue with a fair contract.”
The union and company have been in negotiations since late last year and workers have been on strike since September 15. The strike affects more than 55,000 workers in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois, and Missouri.