Michigan could lose 150K jobs if UAW strike lasts 4 weeks, expert says

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Michigan could lose 150K jobs if UAW strike lasts 4 weeks, expert says

Dave Boucher

Detroit Free Press

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The future of Michigan’s automotive industry could be at stake as the UAW strike against the Detroit Three auto companies approaches one week.

But a prolonged strike would have a much larger impact that goes beyond the assembly lines, for both the Michigan and U.S. economies, experts said during a roundtable discussion Thursday morning.

“A four-week strike would cost more than 150,000 jobs in Michigan. And you can double that over eight weeks,” said Marick Masters, a business professor at Wayne State University and expert on labor negotiations.

“Personal income, in a four-week strike across all three companies will go down in the United States over a billion dollars. So you’re gonna see a tremendous hit.”

Members of UAW Local 900 hold a convoy led with Ford Broncos and Rangers, followed with American-made vehicles, driving by Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne and heading toward Toledo, Ohio, to support UAW Local 12 striking at the Stellantis' Toledo Assembly Complex on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023. Local 12 held a convoy with Jeeps to support Local 900 on Tuesday.

Masters later told the Free Press he was citing a University of Michigan analysis that examined the potentially massive economic impact of a lengthy strike. That analysis suggested auto suppliers would try to put off jobs cuts, but would be forced to take action in the event the strike persisted b

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