Anxiety, excitement for workers who hit picket lines at Ford Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne

Plant builds Ford Ranger and Ford Bronco

WAYNE, Mich. – Workers hit the picket line at the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne.

The strike became official Friday (Sept 15) at 12 a.m.

The sounds of support along Michigan Avenue in Wayne to go along with UAW rank and file on day one of the strike were enormous.

Those men and women put together the Ford Ranger and Ford Bronco, but they were outside the job as the only plant in Michigan to see what the UAW called a targeted strike.

“I am excited for this,” said Dae. “We will be the change to turn everything around and set the stage for things to come.”

Read: 600 Ford Michigan Assembly Plant workers temporarily laid off amid labor strike

There is excitement in the early hours or days of this massive job action that is already having an enormous impact, as there was also anxiety for some, like Justin Gonzales.

“It is stressful,” said Gonzalez. “We are here to get what we deserve feels worth it.”

Kiada Shanklin is a young mother, and it is a guessing game out there as they are trying to predict when there will be a resolution.

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Local 4 Defender Shawn Ley is an Emmy award-winning journalist who has been with Local 4 News for more than a decade.

Brandon Carr is a digital content producer for ClickOnDetroit and has been with WDIV Local 4 since November 2021. Brandon is the 2015 Solomon Kinloch Humanitarian award recipient for Community Service.