VIDEO: Stand with the UAW: Record Profits Means Record Contracts

A group of workers march in Detroit holding signs that say "UAW Stand Up: Fair Pay and COLA Now."

Photo: Jim West,

With 18,000 United Auto Workers members on strike at three Big 3 assembly plants and 38 parts distribution centers around the country, Labor Notes held a free national Zoom call on September 23, 2023, to hear reports from the rank-and-file members massing on picket lines and taking creative actions to win their bold demands.


  • Jane Slaughter, Labor Notes
  • LaShawn English, Region 1 Director, Michigan
  • Scott Houldieson, Local 551, Illinois, UAWD
  • Megan Fagan, Local 12, Ohio
  • Sysco Garza, Local 12, Ohio
  • Shana Shaw, Local 2250, Missouri
  • Mary Ost, Local 897, New York
  • Audrey Bell, Local 900, Michigan
  • Chris Budnick, Local 862, Kentucky
  • James White, Local 862, Kentucky
  • Marcelina Pedraza, Local 551, Illinois
  • Facilitator: Lisa Xu, Labor Notes

Follow Labor Notes' coverage of the Stand-Up Strike at We're covering this rapidly developing strike in depth, with multiple reporters out on the picket lines. Unlike the mainstream media, our coverage doesn't feature CEOs or their apologists. We're focused on workers' creativity and insights, and we're building on decades of coverage of auto worker organizing and the bottom-up union reform movement that has made this moment possible.