United Auto Workers (UAW) union leader Shawn Fain on September 26, 2023 (Credit: JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)
(CNN) -- The United Auto Workers union will expand its strike to other facilities owned by automakers Ford and General Motors, UAW Director Shawn Fain said Friday, adding that no more Stellantis members will be called to strike.
The new facilities that will strike at noon, he said, are Ford's assembly plant in Chicago and GM's assembly plant in Lansing's Delta Township, Michigan.
"We knew this was unlikely to be resolved quickly," Fain said in a live-streamed update, but stated, "We are excited about this momentum at Stellantis and look forward to it continuing."
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Fain said Ford and GM made no significant progress in meeting union demands, despite a 15-day strike. He called for the extension of the strike to increase pressure at the negotiating table.
While the union is striking against the three unionized automakers for the first time in its history, the UAW began strikes on Sept. 15 with a work stoppage targeting 12,700 members at each company's assembly plant.
A week ago, it added a series of 38 parts and distribution centers operated in 20 states by GM and Stellantis, but did not extend the strike at Ford, claiming the automaker had made significant progress in negotiations.
The three companies offered the union an immediate raise of at least 10% for the 145,000 UAW members at the companies and another 10 percentage points of across-the-board wage increases over the life of the proposed agreement, which runs through spring 2028.
But the union is seeking significantly higher wage increases as well as better benefits in pensions and health care, reversing concessions made by workers between 2007 and 2009, when all automakers were facing financial difficulties and both GM and Stellantis' predecessor, Chrysler, were on their way to bankruptcy and federal bailout.
Now, companies are making record or near-record profits, with the union demanding "record contracts."
The extension of the strike comes three days after President Joe Biden became the first sitting president to visit a picket line. He told members they deserved more than they are paid and urged them to stand firm on their demands.
This is a developing story and will be updated.