Illinois AFL-CIO President Tim Drea and Secretary-Treasurer Pat Devaney issue statement on UAW strike expansion to Illinois

CHICAGO – “Today’s announcement of UAW members striking at parts distribution centers at General Motors and Stellantis in Chicago and Bolingbrook is a significant turning point in the union’s ‘stand-up strike.’


The ‘stand-up strike’ movement is not just about the Big Three automakers – it is about working people standing up to corporate greed. 


These fights are rooted in the same struggle that workers all over this country are engaged in—and they are making it clear that it’s time to put an end to an economy that has been rigged against working people for decades.


The Illinois AFL-CIO stands with the UAW every single day until they get the fair contract they so justly deserve.”



The Illinois AFL-CIO is comprised of over 1500 affiliated unions representing nearly 900,000 workers in Illinois. Union members and their families can be found in nearly every community from Antioch on the Wisconsin border to Cairo at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi River and from Danville on the Indiana border to Quincy on the Missouri border. For more information, see