We’re getting closer to one month of the United Auto Workers (UAW) strike, and although some progress has been made on negotiations between the UAW and the Big Three, it’s not over yet. Ford Motor Co. has laid off 400 workers and claims it’s due to the ongoing strike; however, the Mustang maker had been laying off employees months before the strike began. If you’re a striking autoworker, someone affected by the strike or have questions about it, text “STRIKE?” to 67485, and an Outlier Media reporter will investigate and send you the answer. You can also reach out to us online.
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Local businesses are getting creative with how they’re supporting striking UAW workers. Planet Fitness locations in metro Detroit are offering strikers the chance to pump some iron on Fridays and weekends for free. A Lincoln Park strip club is offering free entry complete with VIP access during the duration of the strike. If UAW workers prefer to unwind with plants, two local cannabis dispensaries are offering discounts on their merchandise. A valid UAW member ID is required to take advantage of all of these deals. (WXYZ, Fox 2 Detroit, Metro Times)
🎤 The Motown Museum is in the final phase of its $65 million expansion, and the museum has unveiled the final and largest update — a new space for two permanent exhibits. The museum will house an immersive photo exhibit that allows visitors to view intimate Hitsville moments. An audio repository will contain artist interviews and all the songs in Motown’s catalog. Motown Museum chairperson and CEO Robin Terry revealed the museum is still a little short of its $65 million goal. They have raised $59 million so far. (Freep)
🏠 3D-printed toys or shoes, sure, but a house? Michigan just got its first 3D-printed casa, in Detroit’s Islandview neighborhood. The 1,000-square-foot, two-bedroom home was not entirely 3D-printed, only the exterior and two interior walls were. It took about four years to construct and was built by local nonprofit Citizen Robotics Inc. (BridgeDetroit)
More to talk about
🍫 Baobab Fare has introduced a line of chocolate bars made with Tanzanian cacao. (Eater Detroit)
🍔 A new dive bar offering radical inclusion along with its drinks is opening on the eastside later this month. (Metro Times)
🤶 Mariah Carey, proclaimed Queen of Christmas, is bringing her holiday show to Little Caesars Arena this December. (Detroit News)
🎉 Looking to get out of the house? There’s plenty happening around Detroit this weekend. (Outlier)
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