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Jeremy Kimbrell has worked at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Vance, Ala., since 1999. Having been involved in several failed union drives, he says this latest one feels different. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Want to understand America's labor movement? Head south

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UAW President Shawn Fain joins union members at a rally at the UAW Local 551 hall on the South Side in Chicago on Oct. 7, 2023. Fain said on Friday the union will now be ready to expand its strike at any time, calling it a "new phase" in its fight against the Big Three automakers. Jim Vondruska/Getty Images hide caption

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UAW members hold picket signs near a General Motors Assembly Plant in Delta Township, Mich., on Sept. 29, 2023. The UAW is gradually tightening the screws on the Big Three automakers as it pursues new contracts. Paul Sancya/AP hide caption

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United Auto Workers President Shawn Fain marches with UAW members through downtown Detroit on Friday after a rally in support of UAW members as they strike against the automakers Ford, General Motors and Stellantis. Bill Pugliano/Getty Images hide caption

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United Auto Workers members attend a solidarity rally in Detroit at the start of the union's strike against Ford, General Motors and Stellantis on Sept. 15. The union is striking against all three automakers at once for the first time ever, but only at targeted plants for now, making it even harder to assess what the strike's economic effects will be. Bill Pugliano/Getty Images hide caption

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How the UAW strike could have ripple effects across the economy

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Members of the United Auto Workers (UAW) union march through the streets of downtown Detroit following a rally on the first day of the UAW strike in Detroit on Friday. Workers at the "Big Three" U.S. auto manufacturers went on strike on Sept. 15. Mathew Hatcher/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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UAW President Shawn Fain makes an appearance with striking workers at the Ford Assembly Plant in Wayne, Mich. on Sept. 15, 2023. The UAW started a strike at three plants of the Big Three in the Midwest. It's the first time the union is striking against the top three Detroit automakers at once. Matthew Hatcher/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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