Detroit Is Paying Up to End the UAW Strike. Now Carmakers Will Live With the Costs.

Updated Oct. 30, 2023 8:18 am ET

The end of the United Auto Workers strikes against Ford Motor and Chrysler-parent Stellantis offered some relief in Detroit after a bruising six-week labor showdown. But the car companies are in a gloomy mood.

The details of the UAW’s tentative labor pacts with Ford and Stellantis, reached in recent days, show that the automakers’ labor-cost disadvantage to rivals such as Toyota and Tesla is about to get worse, just as many aspects of their growth plans get cloudier. 

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