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United Auto Workers–the union representing workers at General Motors, Ford and Stellantis in Detroit–must reach a labor agreement with the automakers before a potential strike. If no agreement is reached by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14, 140,000 workers could begin to strike.

The strike could turn into the most significant strike of active employees the U.S. has seen in 25 years and cost the U.S. economy billions of dollars.

Workers are asking for 40 percent pay raises over four years, a 32-hour work week with 40 hours of pay and traditional pensions for new hires. Automakers have proposed counteroffers, but UAW has called those unfair. UAW pointed out a Sept. 8 counter offer made by Stellantis.

“They have the money,” a UAW press release read. “They just don’t want Stellantis workers to get their fair share.”

If a strike begins, UAW said all union members will not strike at the same time. The strategy, according to UAW, is to stagger efforts and start striking at the automakers’ most profitable plants.

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THE UNITED AUTO WORKERS UNION AND MAJOR AUTOMAKERS HAVE UNTIL MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO REACH A CONTRACT AGREEMENT —

OR ELSE SEE POTENTIALLY MORE THAN 140,000 EMPLOYEES BEGIN TO STRIKE.

“GENERAL MOTORS” “FORD” AND “STELLANTIS” HAVE PUT OFFERS ON THE TABLE THAT THE UNION HAS REJECTED.

WORKERS WANT 40 PERCENT PAY RAISES OVER FOUR YEARS.

A 32 HOUR WORK WEEK WITH 40 HOURS OF PAY.

AND TRADITIONAL PENSIONS FOR NEW HIRES.

THE AUTOMAKERS HAVE TRIED COUNTERING THE DEMANDS — BUT THE UNION HAS NOT ACCEPTED.

IF A STRIKE DOES OCCUR —

THE UNION SAYS IT WON’T BE ALL AT ONCE.

THE STRATEGY IS TO START STRIKING AT THE AUTOMAKERS MOST PROFITABLE PLANTS.

THIS HAS BECOME A COMMON THEME IN THE WORKPLACE —

UNIONIZED WORKERS GOING ON STRIKE — OR THREATENING TO — FOR BETTER PAY AND WORKING CONDITIONS

INCLUDING AMERICAN AIRLINES PILOTS AND UPS DRIVERS WHO HAVE SEEN THEIR PAY INCREASE.

ECONOMISTS PREDICT AN ALL OUT AUTOWORKERS STRIKE WOULD COST ABOUT 500 MILLION DOLLARS PER DAY –

THOUGH THE UNION SAYS THE STRIKE WILL HAPPEN GRADUAL — FOR NOW.