This fall thousands of workers around the Detroit metro area have gone on strike for higher wages, better benefits or more job security.
Autoworkers are headed back to work after United Automotive Workers (UAW) secured tentative agreements with Ford Motor Co., General Motors and Stellantis over the last week. The deals include double-digit wage increases.
We talked to UAW member Mark Brewer about what life was like on the picket line at Ford’s Wayne, Michigan plant. Brewer talked about navigating uncertainty, cold weather and getting by on only strike pay.
“We obviously didn’t think it would last as long as it has started to last, but we were ready, ” Brewer said. “We like to work. We like to provide for our family. But we were ready to do what we had to do for each other.”
Videographer Aaron Martin contributed to this article.