Members of UAW Local 2083 are demanding higher wages, better healthcare benefits and an end to tiered wages, the UAW said on social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter. The ZF plant in Tuscaloosa supplies Mercedes-Benz with front axles. Mercedes-Benz manufactures the GLE, GLE coupé and GLS model series, including the Mercedes-Maybach GLS, in Tuscaloosa.
“This is a local negotiation and unrelated to the national discussions that are taking place with the Detroit Three,” Tony Sapienza, a ZF North America spokesperson, said in an email. "We remain committed to continuing negotiations in good faith and are hopeful that we can come to a resolution soon. The plant continues to run during these discussions.”
In an email, a spokesperson for Mercedes-Benz said the automaker “is monitoring the situation.”
The ZF strike comes as the UAW negotiates collective bargaining agreements with General Motors, Ford Motor Co. and Stellantis. The UAW strike began Sept. 14, when its contracts with the Big Three expired.