By Marley Jay - NBC
The president of the United Auto Workers (UAW), Shawn Fain, announced Friday that another 7,000 employees of Ford and General Motors assembly plants are joining the massive strike against the so-called 'Big Three' of Detroit starting at noon (Eastern time).
According to Fain, union members at Ford's Chicago assembly plant and GM's Lansing Delta Township assembly plant will walk off the job as of 12 p.m.
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Stellantis, the other automaker in the Big Three group, was spared additional strikes this week. Fain said that reflects recent progress in contract negotiations between the union and that company, which makes Jeep, Chrysler and Dodge vehicles.
The newly announced extension of the strike means that some 25,000 of the union's 146,000 members will be protesting for better wages and working conditions.