The United Auto Workers union announced it is expanding its nationwide strike against General Motors to include the company’s major truck plant in Louisville, Kentucky.
The union said workers at the Ford Truck Plant in Louisville had voted to join the strike, which began Monday and has already halted production at 31 General Motors facilities across the country.
The Louisville plant has about 4,000 workers and builds the popular F-Series pickup truck. A union spokesman said the plant has been operating since 2016 but workers have yet to have their first contract ratified.
The union and Ford have been negotiating for months, but a tentative agreement has not been reached. The union has accused the company of dragging its feet in the negotiations.
“Workers at Ford Louisville are standing together with their fellow UAW members at GM and are prepared to remain on strike until they have reached a fair agreement,” the union said on Twitter.
The strike is slated to last until the two sides can reach an agreement on issues related to wages, health care, job security, and other issues. GM has been offering 11,000 temporary workers permanent positions, but the union has rejected that offer, saying it does not go far enough.