Experts pre­dict UAW strike will cost 150,000 jobs and the con­tract itself

Experts in the auto indus­try offered their bleak pre­dic­tions that a longer strike from its work­ers could result in few­er jobs.
Wayne State Uni­ver­si­ty busi­ness pro­fes­sor Mar­ick Mas­ters and jour­nal­ist John McEl­roy were speak­ing to the Detroit Region­al Cham­ber Thurs­day when they warned the Unit­ed Auto Work­ers union of the pos­si­bly dis­as­trous results of a strike that went any longer. The union has been on strike against the Big Three in Detroit, Gen­er­al Motors, Stel­lan­tis, and Ford, for almost a week.
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“A four-week strike would cost more than 150,000 jobs in Michi­gan. And you can dou­ble that over eight weeks,” Mas­ters said, per the Detroit Free Press.
Ford already laid off 600 of its non-strik­ing employ­ees on the first day of the strike. The lay­offs were tem­po­rary as the plants are so inter­con­nect­ed that they can­not con­tin­ue work­ing if they are all not at full capac­i­ty. Stel­lan­tis has also fur­loughed 68 employ­ees and has plans to do the same to some 300 more.
McEl­roy lament­ed that UAW Pres­i­dent Shawn Fain was demand­ing too mu …