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The UAW strike could lead to new car shortages, again


September 19th, 2023 by Jim Field

Iowans likely won’t see an immediate impact from the United Auto Workers strike that started on Friday, but if it lasts a while, there could very well be shortages of new vehicles for sale on car lots across the state. Bruce Anderson, president of the Iowa Automobile Dealers Association, says the 12-thousand-700 U-A-W workers are striking the “big three” automakers in Detroit — Ford, G-M and Chrysler.

For the time being, Anderson says Iowans should continue to have a good selection of new vehicles from which to chose.

However, he says Iowans who are looking for vehicles with very specific features or colors may run into a problem soon.

The previous four-year contract has expired. U-A-W leaders are demanding higher wages, shorter work weeks, a return to original pensions, and more job security.