The UAW's decision to strike at a selected number of locations — a General Motors site in Missouri, a Stellantis assembly plant in Ohio and Ford's Wayne assembly plant in Michigan — may sound like a relief for those outside the auto industry who feared a complete shutdown.
People inside the industry, however, recognize that there is no such thing as a small strike in the complex auto world.
"Shutting down any one part reverberates through the smallest and largest manufacturers rather quickly," John Walsh, president and CEO of the Michigan Manufacturers Association, told our sister paper Crain's Detroit Business.
There's no guarantee those will be the only sites facing a strike. UAW President Shawn Fain said in a video address to members that it is taking a "new strategy." He called on select facilities to walk out but told other local chapters to stand by for future action.
"This strategy will keep the companies guessing," he said. "If we need to go all out, we will."