The United Auto Workers union has extended its national contracts with Ford and Fiat Chrysler, but the pact with General Motors is still set to expire on Saturday night.
GM has been picked as the union’s target company, meaning it’s the focus of bargaining and will be the first company to face a strike. The four-year contract with GM will expire at 11:59 p.m. Saturday.
Experts say a strike against GM is likely given the wide gulf between the union and company on wages, plant closures and other issues.
One Detroit local union hall already has posted picket line schedules with no dates attached.
Experts say both sides are far apart, with workers wanting a bigger slice of record company profits and automakers seeking to cut labor costs that are higher than U.S. factories owned by foreign-based companies.