As the United Auto Workers Union continues to strike and expand its reach, one of America’s largest automobile plants has now been impacted. The UAW has decided to shut down the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Ram Truck plant in Sterling Heights, Michigan, in an effort to convince the company to sign a new labor deal. The move has increased the impacts of the ongoing UAW strike, which is now in its fourth week. Over 41,000 automotive workers are now out on strike, leading to significant production losses for the company and losses in wages for the employees impacted by the action. The FCA plant in Sterling Heights produces some of America’s most popular trucks, including the popular Ram 1500 pickup and Dodge Durango SUV. By shutting down the plant, the UAW is attempting to put pressure on FCA to succumb to their demands for higher wages and better benefits. This expanded strike action is the latest in a series of actions taken by the UAW throughout its prolonged unitenegotiations with automakers. While the union has managed to make some progress in talks, it appears that negotiations have yet to be finalized. At this point, the duration of the UAW strike is unclear. While the union is still attempting to negotiate a new contract with FCA, the longer they strike, the more potential there is for a long-term impact on America’s automotive sector. For now, the extended strike action by the UAW will continue. The most direct impact of the strike is not just the production losses it causes FCA, but the widespread economic harm caused to the workers and their families. The closure of the FCA plant in Sterling Heights demonstrates the UAW’s ability to inflict much-needed economic hardship onto large companies in order to acquire what it needs.