UAW boss says offers from Detroit companies are inadequate and union is ready to strike

DETROIT (AP) — With just over 24 hours until the strike deadline, Shawn Fain, president of the United Auto Workers, says the companies’ offers are not enough and the union is preparing for a strike.

In an online address to members Wednesday, Fain said General Motors, Ford and Stellantis had increased their initial wage offers but rejected some of the union’s other demands.

“We do not yet have any offers on the table that reflect the sacrifices and contributions our members have made to these companies,” he said. “To win, we probably have to take action. We are preparing to attack these companies in ways they have never seen before.”

Talks with the companies continued on Wednesday, but it appeared the two sides were still far apart.

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Automakers claim they need to make huge investments in developing and building electric vehicles, while at the same time building and engineering internal combustion engine vehicles. They say a costly collective bargaining agreement could impose costs on them and force them to raise prices higher than non-union foreign competitors.

Koenig reported from Dallas.

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