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President of an vehicle union, this ex-electrician triggered an unprecedented strike towards the massive companies in the sector.

By Hugo Romani for Le Point

Shawn Fain became the spokesperson for the demands of American auto workers
Shawn Fain turned the spokesperson for the calls for of American auto employees

Ford, General Motors, Chrysler. He needs to pin all of them. Shawn Fain, a 54-year-old former electrician, appears to be establishing himself as an actual determine in the union motion in the United States, as reported by Courrier International. The Wall Street Journal even described him as the man who retains Detroit on its toes. At the head of the United Auto Workers (UAW), the American vehicle union, for six months, Fain has launched an unprecedented strike rebellion towards the massive vehicle manufacturing companies.

His technique? Sow “chaos” to shock each the considering heads of huge corporations and the decision-makers at the White House. Where his predecessors might enable themselves to be corrupted, Fain selected “to turn his back on the CEOs,” stories The Wall Street Journal. Worse, Shawn Fain designates “multi-billion dollar firms” as the actual enemies of the UAW.

Break with union custom

Fain has an atypical profile, together with inside the UAW itself. Unlike his predecessors at the head of the union, he was not appointed by native leaders however by the activists themselves. A former electrician at Chrysler – an organization the place his grandfather himself began nearly 90 years in the past – he rose by the ranks inside the auto employees motion. Declaring himself “frustrated” by the negotiation coverage of the UAW leaders, he selected to get entangled.

Now, the activist needs to see large-scale change. Among its calls for: a 46% enhance in wages over the subsequent 4 years and a transfer to a 32-hour week labored. And to do that, Shawn Fain needs to affect politics. Not by presenting your self, however by adopting a radically totally different model. Thus, opposite to union custom, he didn’t communicate out for the re-election of Joe Biden. The American president, who supported the strikers’ motion, may have to undertake “actions, not words” in Fain’s personal phrases, to hope for assist from the UAW.